AARP Washington Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare

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For Immediate Release: January 30, 2017 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MaCcaul / 206-218-5915 AARP Washington Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of Washington Residents Washington — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Washingtonians who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs …

Help protect vulnerable adults in WA state – sign the petition!

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One out of 20 older Americans are financially mistreated or victimized to some extent by a caregiver, friend, family member, lawyer or financial adviser, according to a study by the Justice Department.  While financial exploitation can happen to anyone, older adults and people with disabilities are disproportionately targeted for this crime. Washington State Adult Protective Services data shows a 92% increase in the number of financial exploitation investigations from 2010 to 2015. With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every …

Washington State Legislators Make Bipartisan List of “Capitol Caregivers”

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For Immediate Release January 18, 2017 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Washington State Legislators Make Bipartisan List of “Capitol Caregivers” AARP Honors State Elected Officials for Helping Family Caregivers Washington – To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Washington State, AARP has named Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Barbara Bailey (R-10) and Representative Steve Tharinger (D-24) as 2016 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of elected officials representing more than 23 states.  These leaders have championed …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Providing Free Tax Prep Help

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By Janet Lam-Rogers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteer It’s that time of year again.  Millions of low- to moderate- income people, especially those 50 and older, could use some help preparing their taxes. Volunteers for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are ready to help make sure you get all the deductions and credits you deserve. We help people in our own communities with a much-needed service that’s free, individualized, and has no strings attached. Starting February 1, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide free …

AARP MoneySmarts / Save, Invest, Protect

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The economy may be rebounding, but try telling that to the scores of Washingtonians who are still struggling to make ends meet. Whether it’s stagnant wages, increasing debt, or high consumer and housing costs, many people are finding it hard to get by day-to-day, much less think about their financial futures. When you add the growing rate of financial scams and fraud, plus an aggressive marketplace designed to get you to buy not save, it’s no wonder many consumers feel …

SDOT and AARP Seattle Partner to Achieve “Vision Zero”

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The Seattle Department of Transportation and AARP have launched a new public service campaign that highlights safety tips for people driving and walking. The campaign is part of Seattle’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The campaign’s timing coincides with the increased potential for collisions during the darker and wetter months of fall and winter. Seattle is aggressively working to reduce serious and fatal collisions in Seattle through better and smarter street design (engineering), paired with targeted education and …

“Bellingham At Home” recognizes longtime AARP volunteer

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The following article is reprinted from a recent Bellingham At Home newsletter. BAH is a non-profit membership organization modeled on the many successful villages now operating across the country that empower older adults to stay active and engaged while living in their own homes and neighborhoods.  It is a program of the Whatcom Council on Aging.   Spotlight on Marian Yunghans Reprinted with permission from “Bellingham At Home” At heart, says educator, writer, and volunteer Marian Yunghans, “I’m an activist. …

The Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace: A New Way to Save

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What is the Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace? The Washington State Legislature recently passed the Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace. It is a market-based approach to make it easier and less expensive for small businesses to offer retirement savings options to their employees. Employers with fewer than 100 employees, including sole proprietors and self-employed individuals, will have access to a “marketplace” of private retirement plan options for their employees to help them take charge of their financial future. Participation in …

October 23rd US Senate Candidate Debate – Watch it here!

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AARP is proud to be the lead sponsor for a series of free, nonpartisan, publicly accessible debates for Governor and U.S. Senator this fall hosted by the Washington State Debate Coalition. We believe that voters should have more information from candidates than 30 second sound bites from partisan sources.  Debates are valuable opportunities for the public to engage with the candidates on the important issues that matter most to them. See below to watch the October 23rd U.S. Senator debate between Senator …

Where They Stand – View AARP’s Video Voter’s Guide for Washington State Governor

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The upcoming elections will have a major impact on people of all ages.  But before we vote, it’s important to get as much information as we can on where the candidates stand on the issues that matter most to us. AARP believes voters should have more information from the candidates than what we get from 30-second sound bites from partisan sources.  That’s why we’re offering a video voters’ guide with candidates for Washington State Governor. See where Governor Jay Inslee …