Fight Fraud – Shred Instead

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AARP is teaming up with BECU to help fight financial fraud through a free shredding event. On Saturday, October 22nd, members can safely dispose of their sensitive personal paperwork at three BECU locations in Tukwila, Federal Way and Everett. We are looking for volunteers to help with this event at all three locations. If you can help direct traffic, assist with unloading cars, serve as a greeter or help out in any way, please contact our Outreach Director Amanda Frame at …

New Volunteer Lead for Updated Volunteer Portal

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Stacie Hawkins of Normandy Park is the new Washington State volunteer lead for the updated and revised AARP Volunteer Portal online system. Stacie went to AARP headquarters in Washington, DC in May to receive specialized training on the Volunteer Portal and is available to assist other volunteers in our state with organizing, reporting, and receiving reimbursement for expenses incurred in their activities. The purpose of the Volunteer Portal website, which volunteers can access through their own computers, is to enable people to …

Tour the Microsoft Cybercrime Center

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Get a peek behind the scenes of the cyberwar against fraud on a tour of the state of the art Microsoft Cybercrime Center in Redmond. Join AARP, Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit and Microsoft’s Customer Service & Support Teams for a Cybercrime Center tour where you will learn about (1) strategies on how to protect yourself from becoming a victim of cybercrime and (2) how Microsoft is using cutting edge technologies to fight cybercrime and keep your online way of life …

Life Reimagined: Return to the Mountains at Age 63

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Dori Gillam of Seattle is proof positive that conquering mountains – all kinds of mountains – is good for you. She climbed Mt. Rainier at age 46 and she and her friends set their sights on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. But life had other plans. Both her parents became seriously ill and Dori put her life on hold for eight years to act as their caregiver. “It was a privilege to take care of my parents. It was a huge responsibility but it was …

Stuart Seibel of Yakima Receives “Portrait of Care”

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AARP honors local family caregiver Stuart Seibel of Yakima with the Washington state “Portrait of Care”. “One might think that the toughest part of caregiving would revolve around shopping, cooking, clearing and other household duties but it’s not,” says Stuart. “The greatest challenge is keeping a positive attitude, along with faith and hope, not only for Carol, the patient, but also for myself as caregiver. Years ago I was taught, ‘Attitude is everything.’ This is so vital with illnesses, probably …

Tumwater’s Dennis Shoemaker Wins AARP Andrus Award

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Dennis Shoemaker of Tumwater has been selected to receive the  2015 AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. Dennis has been a devoted volunteer for Senior Services for South Sound since 2000, serving on their Board of Directors and as President. He has used his professional skills to grow a variety of needed programs. Under his leadership, Senior Services’ annual auction has grown from $8,000 in revenue to …

AARP & Others Oppose Proposed United Way Funding Cuts For Seniors

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AARP Washington and more than 40 other advocacy and community service services organizations that advocate and serve thousands of older adults in King County and the State of Washington are deeply concerned that United Way’s new funding priorities will no longer include investments in programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities. United Way has traditionally played an “umbrella” role for human services in King County. Older adults have always been part of that umbrella for the past 50 …

Life Reimagined: Serving Up Hope in Kent

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When former music teacher Pat Gray decided to retire, she imagined a life of leisure.  Instead, Pat heard a different calling from her local community in Kent and it resulted in a Life Reimagined. Pat started KentHOPE, a day shelter for homeless women and their children. The facility hosts an average of 30 women and children each day and offers three substantial meals a day, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, computers with internet access, health care, life skills classes, advocacy and hope. “It’s a thing I …

Life Reimagined: To the Director’s Chair

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For Phil Jordan of Whidbey Island, he had to leave the theater behind but the theater never left his blood. Today, he’s directing a major production at the Whidbey Island Center For The Arts. Phil was heavily involved in theater productions in college and shortly after. But then, life got in the way. “It’s a cliche that you’re a starving artist in the theater but that was certainly true in my case,” says Phil. “I felt a need to do …

Life Reimagined: From Catching Salmon to Making Whiskey

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Mike Sherlock spent 30 years in the commercial fishing industry, first running boats in the Bering Sea and later as a shipyard owner. But at the age of 54, he decided he wanted a different kind of life. When craft liquor distilling became legal in Washington State, Mike and his partner Patti Bishop saw opportunity. Patti owned a software business and both felt like they were working 24/7. Commercial distilling was a huge leap of faith but they took it. …