— U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa will be at Honolulu Event AARP Hawaii is holding a series of “Protect Medicare” Town Hall and Community Meetings in Honolulu, Wailuku and Hilo to talk about proposals in Congress to change Medicare in ways that could dramatically increase health care costs and risks for current and future retirees. AARP has launched a nationwide campaign to reject a proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher system (aka “premium support”) that would raise costs for seniors and …

— This has been a busy week for President Donald Trump.  He’s been signing executive orders, holding high-level meetings — and tweeting up a storm.  All of this makes it clear that our 45th president is eager to deliver quickly on the promises he made during his campaign. At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise:  The pledge he made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program. “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress to …

Medicare

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said throughout his campaign that he would not allow changes to this vital program. “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” More than 72,000 D.C. residents receive Medicare coverage now, and another 110,829 will be eligible for Medicare in the next 15 …

— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing you real possibilities to your community. We host informative workshops on how to modify your home for easy living, the ABCs of Aging and how you can make your voice heard in Washington. We also work in partnership with many community organizations to connect you to unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to you and your family. Our …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide FREE tax assistance and preparation for Hawaii taxpayers beginning February 1. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to people 50 and older who can’t afford a tax preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. In Hawaii last year, 225 Tax-Aide volunteers helped 12,227 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program …

— Tuesday, February 21, 28, March 7, 14:  LearnOn Classical Music Insights: Music for Stage and Screen, Metro State University AARP Discount 6 p.m.-8 p.m.- DENVER   AARP members receive 15% off on the class. Many of us first come to classical music through film scores. These will serve as the basis for a wonderful listening and learning environment, with music from Mendelssohn to John Williams and more. AARP Members and their guests can access the discount in the following ways: Call …

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2015.

— 2/20 update: Check out our latest Facebook video from Annapolis! If you would like to join AARP in Annapolis as a volunteer, email us and let us know. With more than 895,000 members statewide, AARP Maryland is the voice of the 50+ in your community. From Oakland to Ocean City, and every district in between, AARP invites you to join us at the State House in Annapolis in 2017. • Meet with your local lawmakers to share concerns and priorities. • …

— By Ryan Gruenenfelder   For too long Illinois has been without a comprehensive, balanced budget that helps make life better for residents of all ages. Since 2002, the Governor and the General Assembly have failed to pass a truly balanced budget. And for almost two years, the State has operated without anything beyond a ‘stop-gap’ budget.  This budgetary inaction has led to a current fiscal year 2017 budget deficit of somewhere between $5.4 billion to $7.8 billion, depending on whose …

— Millions of family caregivers in Illinois will have many reasons to celebrate during National Caregiving Month in November, as new laws will provide much and urgently needed help for them as they take care of their loved ones. Thanks to the tireless advocacy of AARP, the Hospital Association and other groups, the Illinois CARE Act will help to significantly increase coordination between caregivers and hospitals. The law requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family …

— More than 771,000 Maryland residents are caring for an older parent or other loved one, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. Effective October 1, 2016, the Maryland CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide your loved one the opportunity to designate a family caregiver Inform you when your loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back …

— AARP Hawaii fought for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to help family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Now, you can download your free CARE Act wallet card for you and any loved one you may care for. Effective July 1, 2017, the CARE Act will require Hawaii’s acute care hospitals to: 1.) Provide the patient with with the oportunity to designate a family caregiver on their medical record. 2.) Notify …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, presents rewarding opportunity AARP Foundation is searching for a new volunteer district coordinator to implement its Tax-Aide program in the Helena area. With the help of volunteers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax-filing help to those who need it most. Current local Helena area coordinator Concetta Eckel, who has held the position for nearly 8 years, is planning to resign at the end of this year’s tax season. …

— Thanks to Iowa’s Senior Medicare Patrol Program local coordinator Sonita Oldfield-Carlson for alerting us that scammers are working in Southeast Iowa today.  Please be on alert and if you receive any suspicious calls or offers, report it to Iowa Senior Medicare Patrol or the AARP Fraud Watch Network, by calling 1-877-908-3360 toll-free share your story and receive assistance from our call center volunteers. The Adult Rights Specialist at Milestones Area Agency on Aging received a call today from a bank …

— In celebration of Black History Month AARP is recognizing Black Americans who have achieved phenomenal “firsts.” In this spirit, AARP in Los Angeles is sharing their stories here on our blog, as well as inviting followers on social media to share their own stories. What better what to wrap up our month-long celebration than by shining a light on a woman who just made Hollywood history? At age 51, acclaimed actress and Southern California resident, Viola Davis became the first Black …

— Spend a morning with us on some of the best trails in the region on a guided bike ride.  We will explore different areas in the St. Louis region that will provide you with new trails you can explore further on your own. We will even have some cycling goodies for all who participate.       Here are the rides! May 14                 Route 66 State Park June 24       …

— Though retired from a business management consulting career, Mari Okabayashi stays active as a champion for older persons and volunteer for AARP in Houston. This month, Okabayashi accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the AARP Texas Executive Council. Executive Council members are appointed volunteers who work with AARP Texas staff and volunteers throughout the state to provide strategic guidance in support of AARP’s national strategies. For more than seven years, Okabayashi has been an AARP Texas volunteer. She’s been …

—   February 27, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact:      Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 jmargesson@aarp.org       AARP Maine Testifies in Support of a Family Caregiver Tax Credit Legislation Would Provide Financial Relief to Family Caregivers   AUGUSTA: Today, AARP Maine testified before the Committee on Taxation in support of legislation that would provide some financial relief to family caregivers in the state.  AARP estimates that each year 178,000 Mainers care for older parents, spouses or other …

— Picture, if you can, a man standing with the skin of his chest pierced with wooden pegs tied to leather thongs which are then attached to a pole.  The man leans away from the pole putting weight on the skin.  The man is a Native American Sun Dancer, and for at least 15 years, that man was Frank Alby.  Now 81, Frank doesn’t dance anymore, but he still participates in this sacred ceremony while other men dance.  Frank’s participation in …

— Age-Friendly DC is a coordinated, comprehensive, and collective-action effort with the goal of ensuring that the District of Columbia is a great place for all ages to live, work and play! As a DC resident, you have a say in building a better future for the city. What has improved in your community? What concerns you? We want to hear from you! Please RSVP here for an upcoming listening session in your community. As a DC resident, you have a …

— AARP in Sioux Falls hosted over 230 AARP members and guests at a fun red carpet event last Friday night to celebrate the Oscars and to discuss the importance of Medicare in South Dakota. Volunteers shared great information about why Medicare is important to them, and how turning the program into a voucher system could hurt low-income seniors in our state. More that half of the attendees took action – filing out 129 petitions that have been sent to Congress, urging them to …

— Are you over 50 and looking for ways to improve your current financial situation? Work for Yourself@50+ has the information you need to succeed. It will help you gain the knowledge, support, and resources you need to make informed decisions about working for yourself and take the right first steps toward successful self-employment. The decision to start your own business can be both exciting and daunting. Work for Yourself@50+ breaks the choices down for older adults in an approachable way …