You’ve earned a say about the future of Social Security – free events

Posted on 07/29/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy You’ve earned a say about the future of social security. Unfortunately, too many politicians aren’t listening. AARP believes you’ve paid into Social Security and you deserve a voice in the future of the program. That’s why we’re fighting to protect your hard-earned Social Security benefits and ensure the system stays strong for future generations. Join us for a discussion about the future of Social Security. We’ll be providing straightforward information about Social Security proposals that are being debated in Washington …

New Scorecard Gives Washington High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents – but caution remains

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy For Immediate Release June 19, 2014 Contacts:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Ingrid McDonald / 206-330-6531 New Scorecard Gives Washington High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents Advocates caution that more work is needed to support families who need long term care Seattle – A new report shows that Washington State’s long term care system ranks 2nd in the nation, but AARP and other aging advocates caution that budget pressures threaten to turn the clock backwards on Washington’s high quality and …

The Vision: A Retirement Plan for All

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Vanessa Ho When Mark Mullet opened a pizzeria and an ice cream shop a few years ago, he wanted his employees to have a retirement savings plan like he’d had at his former banking jobs. Many of his staffers had been working for years, but had put away little. Every plan he looked at, however, was costly and difficult to set up. “It’s an expensive, painful and onerous process,” said Mullet, whose Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s are …

Seattle Among Nation’s Most Walkable, But More Work Needed to Prevent Pedestrian Deaths

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy For Immediate Release: May 20, 2014 Contact: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Report finds street design plays role in tragic deaths SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle region is among the safest regions in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 49 of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. Over the decade from 2003 – 2012, 375 people were killed while walking in the Seattle. The report, Dangerous …

Legislators Focus on the Age Wave: Lots of Talk and a Little Action

Posted on 05/6/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy By AARP Advocacy Director Ingrid McDonald This winter the Washington state legislature convened for their annual session in Olympia and for the first time in several years, adjourned on time. The 60-day session was short in length and also short on achievement. Legislators postponed tough decisions on tax policy and education funding. They could not agree on a transportation revenue package or a capitol budget. And they made only modest adjustments to the biennial budget agreed to last session. While …

How to Volunteer: Opportunities Abound

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Dana Neuts When Stephen Guild, 72, volunteered to work for the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center in Seattle, he did not know he would talk to a couple who lost all of their savings—$70,000—when they sponsored an Elvis impersonator who scammed them. “He was a smooth operator,” Guild recalled. It was too late to help that couple, but Guild has found fulfillment talking to other adults to help them avoid fraud. Guild volunteers several hours a week for …