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— 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 events …

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— With a July 1 nomination deadline approaching, AARP Iowa is encouraging Iowans to take a few minutes to nominate an outstanding 50+ Iowan for the 2016 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, making them eligible to  receive $1,000 to award to the charity of their choice. “AARP Iowa is pleased to be able offer a $1,000 cash award to the winner of our highest volunteer service award, and we’d love to see as many individuals and organizations as possible …

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— Events below qualify for the Passport Program in the Denver Metro Area. July and August 2016 – Matinee and Evening Performances -Central City Opera The Ballad of Baby Doe Central City Opera House 124 Eureka Street Central City, CO  80427 The true riches-to-rags adventure of Elizabeth (Baby) Doe and Horace Tabor.  An intriguing epic of love and loss, boom and bust, the story is set to beautiful music by composer Douglas Moore. Matinees at 2:30 p.m.: July 13, 15, 17, …

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— This article will be updated as more Fraud Watch events are added! Below is the current list as of June 16, 2016. Every year, thousands of Americans are impacted by fraud and scams through telephone calls, mail, e-mail, and digital advertisements. However,  you can beat con artists at their own game by joining the AARP Fraud Watch Network and attending one of our many Maryland Fraud Watch Events listed here:     AARP Shred Event, Ocean Pines Library, Berlin, MD Saturday, June …

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— Keeping 9-1-1 deregulation at bay and fighting for your financial future topped the AARP legislative agenda for 2016. The following is a list of the bills AARP Colorado worked on either passing or opposing. (All bills referenced in this report were signed by Governor John Hickenlooper unless otherwise noted. All bills with an asterisk (*) note a priority vote. To visit our bill list for more information, click here. What we did to ensure our 911 system remains regulated by the …

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— If you are a family caregiver caring for someone across state lines, or perhaps you are taking care of loved one with Alzheimer’s and simply need a break, you don’t want to miss some good news on “Without Limits.” This week, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted an Act that will make caring for loved ones in other states easier. It also provided some respite funding for those taking care of people with Alzheimer’s by reinstating funds for Project CARE …

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— Mayor Muriel Bowser signed the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act of 2015 into law. The CARE Act requires that hospitals provide patients with an opportunity to select a caregiver after hospital admission, and it requires that hospitals record contact information for the caregivers and consult with them about the patient’s care plan after discharge.  “As a city, we are committed to making sure that every Washingtonian can live in their homes independently, for as long as they choose.  …

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— The below is from the story by Tribuna The passage of the Connecticut Retirement Security Program by this year’s state legislature has cleared a path to a secure financial retirement for more than 600,000 Connecticut residents, including over 60 percent of Hispanics and Latinos. Prior to the new law, those hardworking men and women employed by small businesses were not guaranteed an opportunity for a workplace retirement savings plan. Now, the path will be paved and the road to a brighter financial …

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— Enjoy Discounted Brooklyn Cyclones Tickets Look for AARP staff and volunteers at one of the select games and find out what we are doing in New York City. AARP members and their guests will receive a 20% discount on the following games this summer: 7/15 vs. Lowell Spinners @ 7pm 7/21 vs. Aberdeen Lion Birds @7pm 7/26 vs. Staten Island Yankees @ 4pm 8/1 vs. Aberdeen Lion Birds @ 6pm 8/9 vs. Vermont Lake Monsters @ 4pm 9/4 vs. Staten Island Yankees …

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— On behalf of our 1.3 million members in New Jersey, AARP supports proposals to increase the personal income tax pension and retirement income exclusion fivefold over three years. An income tax cut for retirees will help those who have lived and raised their families in New Jersey stay in New Jersey in their retirement years by allowing our middle class retirees to keep more of their hard-earned and hard-saved money to spend on goods and services throughout our state, supporting …

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— The eightWest daily talk show for women on WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids featured a segment June 29 on the CARE Act, a new law that helps family caregivers when their loved ones are admitted to the hospital. Entitled “CARE Act empowers families,” the show features interviews with Melissa Seifert, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Governmental Affairs and Jennifer Munoz, AARP Michigan Associate State Director for Community Outreach. See the eightWest segment here: http://woodtv.com/2016/06/29/care-act-empowers-families/  The CARE Act, championed by AARP …

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— Pennsylvania’s elected leaders continued high-pressured negotiations on a 2016-17 state budget as the calendar moved closer to the end of the 2015-16 fiscal year on June 30.  As of this writing, the Pennsylvania House had passed a budget bill and the Senate amended it to pass a different version of a state budget and send it back to the House. Negotiators from the Senate and House are working on a compromise, but they need to determine if the level of …

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—                       By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru Wikipedia enlightens us about Blue Velvet, a song made famous by Bobby Vinton –remember him? – in 1963, which went to the top of the pop music charts – the Billboard Hot 100 – and held its position of dominance for eons – which in the catapultic world of popular music was a twinklely three weeks. We learn, too, that …

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— By Tim Summers Over 70 million Americans contribute to 401(k) and similar type retirement plans, and approximately 10 million change jobs in any given year. That national trend is no different in Montana. Now days, a typical Montana worker may have 7 or more different jobs over the course of his or her entire work career. This has created the problem of how to protect and preserve these multiple and often small accounts that will be needed for retirement income …