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 …

Try something new with AARP and Explore U!

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  Seattle Parks Lifelong Recreation is partnering with AARP to present one time programs that are a chance for you to try something new! Have you always wanted to ride a bike to the winery, try out sailing, learn to rock climb? Here is your opportunity to experience activities in an easy, introductory and fun group setting. Grab a friend to sign up with you, or come alone and meet some new friends! Watch for “Explore U” offerings each quarter, …

New “CARE Act” law is in effect to help family caregivers

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  More than 800,000 Washingtonians care for older parents, spouses or loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on June 9, a new law took effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, or Senate Bill 6327, helps lay family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires …

Good oral health is essential for healthy aging

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  By Jeff Hambleton, MD June is National Smile Month, which is a good opportunity to draw attention to the importance of oral health, particularly for older adults. With water fluoridation and better dental care many people are keeping their teeth longer than ever before. But here’s a surprise for many pre-retirees. Medicare does not cover dental. In a recent state survey a majority of people 60 and older mistakenly believe that dental is part of basic Medicare. Good oral …

AARP Volunteers from Washington State Head to D.C. to Push Robust Agenda on Family Caregiving, Social Security

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Volunteers and staff from Washington State headed to the other Washington (D.C.) on June 8 to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff made crucial asks: – AARP volunteer State President Mike Tucker and AARP State Director Doug Shadel asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, …

SOCIAL SECURITY 101 – Everything You Wanted To Know (FREE EVENT)

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The Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) invites you to attend an upcoming free workshop by the Social Security Administration.  “Social Security 101” will be held on Monday, July 18 at the Tukwila Community Center.  Attendees will learn about the following: – Retirement Benefits and Eligibility Requirements – What Early Retirement Does To Your Benefits – How do you qualify for Disability, Survivor, and Spouse Benefits – How to use your my Social Security Online Account and other Online Services – …

AARP member discount to the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF)

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Come see some of the newest and best artistic and culturally significant films from around the world, May 19 – June 12, 2016 in Seattle. Discover new cultures and hear the film directors’ on-location experiences. SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States, with more than 150,000 people attending each year. The 25-day event is also the region’s most accessible and critically acclaimed festival, renowned for presenting over 400 features, short films and documentaries gathered from over 80 …

Free event: “Thinking Money: How to save, invest and protect your hard-earned money”

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Join experts from AARP, FINRA and financial regulatory agencies for a free investor education seminar. Come to a FREE lunch and presentation and interact with financial experts.  They will explore topics such as: -How behavioral biases and emotions impact your financial decisions -Ways to make your money last -How to spot the red flags in financial scams -Steps you can take to achieve greater financial security There is no charge for the program or refreshments.  This is an educational program–no …

Free Telephone Town Hall – How to make the most of your Social Security, health insurance and Medicare

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Join the King County Library System for a special live telephone town hall meeting with specialists from the Social Security Administration and Washington Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors. Talk about how to make the most of your Social Security benefits, health insurance and Medicare coverage. The format is like a radio talk show, but you simply listen on your phone! Our experts will even take live questions from the audience. This free event will take place on Wednesday, May 18, …

Don’t let it happen to you: Paving scam victims speak out in Labor & Industries consumer campaign

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By Debby Abe, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Marv and Dorothy Davenport never thought they were the kind of folks who could get conned. Marv is a successful businessman who once owned a trucking business. Later, he and Dorothy operated their own gas station, RV park and mini-mart for 24 years in a rural logging community in southwest Washington. But on a sweltering August day in 2014, a stranger in a black pickup drove up to their bucolic …