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Bruce Carlson


Bruce Carlson is a Senior Program Specialist for AARP Washington.

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Life Reimagined Volunteer Story

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

“Sometimes life doesn’t turn out the way you planned,” according to AARP volunteer Janice Moran. Janice was downsized out of job and was thinking about what to do next. She took matters into her own hands and enrolled in Visual Communications classes at a local community college. Quickly she was able put her new skills to use by designing flyers and brochures for AARP. When the opportunity came up to attend a training session about “Life Reimagined,” she jumped at …

“Fraud Watch Network” in High Gear – Seeks Volunteers

Posted on 01/22/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

The Fraud Watch Network from AARP and the Washington State Attorney General’s Office is kicking into high gear. If you haven’t already, go to and sign up now to receive access to information about how to protect yourself and your family from frauds and scams. You can get our Watchdog Alerts, stay up to date on the con artists’ latest tricks, and find out what to do if you’ve been victimized. It’s free for everyone because AARP is committed …

AARP Supports STaRT Retirement Plan Legislative Proposal

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Today, a secure retirement is out of reach for thousands of Washingtonians, especially those who work for small businesses. We need a commonsense approach that helps encourage private savings so more people can have the freedom to live independently throughout their lives. The Save Towards a Retirement Today (STaRT) legislative proposal makes it easier for small businesses to establish a basic retirement savings option for employees. Businesses with up to 100 employees would have the option of enrolling their employees …

Flash Analysis of Governor’s Supplemental Budget

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Governor Inslee’s Supplemental Budget – Flash Analysis by AARP Washington   12/18/2013 The Governor’s supplemental budget released yesterday includes small but very significant steps towards preparing for the age wave on the horizon. Overall, this budget proposal is very modest, with little new expenditure beyond the maintenance level.  As the Governor described, “This is a hold-steady budget that keeps us whole the remainder of the biennium.” In this context, it is particularly significant that the Governor made it a priority to …

AARP’s WA State Legislative Priorities 2014

Posted on 11/19/2013 by | AARP Washington | Comments

2014 State Legislative Session Priorities The age wave is here. By 2030, one out of five Washingtonians will be age 65 plus, up from 12 percent today. It’s time to prepare for this huge demographic shift. AARP recommends smart budget and policy measures to take pressure off future state budgets and create a more age-friendly society. Four important areas to focus on in 2014: 1. Long Term Care: Get ready for rising demand. 2. Financial Security: Encourage private Savings 3. …

Walt Bowen of Olympia Wins AARP Volunteer Award

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Walt Bowen of Olympia has been selected by AARP Washington to receive our state’s 2013 AARP Washington State Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Washington selected Walt for his remarkable service which has greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Walt is president of the Washington State Senior Citizens’ Lobby, based in Olympia, and works closely with AARP Washington on issues …