— Since so many worthy projects were submitted to the nationwide AARP Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that four additional projects have been funded through monies set aside locally for Age-Friendly community projects in Massachusetts. The four recipient organizations and related projects are detailed below. Background: AARP Massachusetts announced the first-ever Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, working in collaboration with communities across the state. The grant program was part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make …

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, October 21, in Fargo and Bismarck. A shredding truck will be at each location and shred documents on site between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Fargo event will be held in the southwest parking lot at West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Ave. S. …

— North Dakota currently has an estimated 62,100 family caregivers. Chances are most of us will be a family caregiver at some point in our lives. Where will we turn for help when it’s time? This lunch and learn will feature a panel of experts discussing state and local programs and services available to caregivers, where to go to find help when you need it, and how to reduce stress. We’ll also talk about AARP’s work to support caregivers and AARP’s …

— AARP is encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to read their annual Notice of Change and to review their health and prescription drug plan options for 2018 during Medicare Open Enrollment October 15 – December 7. Given the trend in high prescription medication prices, consumers are advised to pay close attention to their Medicare Part D drug plan options to help save money. Medicare plans often change their cost-sharing and coverage benefits every year. However, insurers must notify all their enrollees of any …

— AARP Indiana is continuing its efforts to protect Hoosiers from becoming victims of fraud and identity theft by teaming up with police departments, television stations, banks and county governments to host several shredding events in Fort Wayne, Evansville and Indianapolis. The events are open to everyone, and in Indianapolis, participants can also recycle small electronics for a small fee and can turn in expired prescription medications for safe disposal. Find a location near you: Fort Wayne October 13, 2017 11:00 …

— AARP Virginia is partnering with the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. and Manumission Tours to present a very special community conversation and ‘Genealogy 101.” After the workshop and light refreshments, we will take a 9 block historical walking tour and learn about Old Town Alexandria’s historical sites.     An introduction to Genealogy Saturday, October 28, 2017;  from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Charles Houston Recreation Center – 901 Wythe Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Registration is required for this free …

—     AARP MARYLAND AND THE MARYLAND COMMISSION ON CAREGIVING Present Caregiving in Maryland: Care for All A FREE SYMPOSIUM FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS Featuring AARP Family and Caregiving Expert Amy Goyer and Guest Moderator State Senator Delores G. Kelly Tuesday, November 14, 2017 8:00AM to 2:30PM Hilton BWI Airport 1739 West Nursery Road Linthicum Heights, MD Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served! Register now! Join Amy Goyer, author of “Juggling Life, Work and Caregiving,” as she relates her inspirational personal …

— There are more than 150 officially designated “Age-Friendly” communities nationwide.  One of them is Northfield, Minnesota.  Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older …

— The AARP Virginia Speakers Bureau delivers presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics, such as fraud and scam prevention, difficult conversations about driving, making your home safe and livable for a lifetime, and making the most of what’s next in your life. AARP encourages members to keep this in mind when planning programs for organizations and church groups in their communities—and particularly welcomes invitations from those who want to know how AARP helps Virginians 50-plus live their best …

— The following post was submitted by Linda Avery, State Coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Connecticut. Are you looking for a “feel good” opportunity? An opportunity to help others in your community, while keeping your mind and body active and engaged at the same time? Then the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Connecticut is the answer! Even if you are interested, but on the fence, there are a variety of roles and tasks with the program that may …