Giant Clinic Offers Free Dental, Vision and Medical Care for People in Need

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources AARP is proud to sponsor this year’s Seattle/King County Remote Area Medical Clinic.  Free dental vision and medical services will be provided from October 23 – October 26 at KeyArena at Seattle Center. Intended to serve vulnerable and underserved people in our region, Seattle/King County Clinic is truly an inclusive event providing a broad range of free services to anyone in need. Patients will register on-site only on each day of the four-day event, and they will not be asked …

Fight Fraud – Shred Instead! Free shredding and E-cycling events

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Money & Work | Washington Last year, 12.6 million Americans were the victims of identity theft – that is one person victimized every 3 seconds.  That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding truck for free disposal on October 18. We’ll be at three locations in Tukwila, Everett and Federal Way from 9:00am – 1:00pm on Saturday, October 18 (location details below). This is a shredding and electronics recycling event.  You can bring …

Medicare Open Enrollment Could Mean “Open Season” for Scams

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work | Washington Medicare Open Enrollment is just around the corner.  Beneficiaries can make changes to their Medicare Part D (prescription drugs) and Medicare Advantage plans from October 15 – December 7.   But while it’s open enrollment for beneficiaries, it’s also unfortunately open season for con-artists hoping to steal your personal and financial information.  In fact, American’s lose more than 60 billion dollars each year to Medicare fraud. Be on the lookout for Medicare fraud and follow these simple steps: •    Don’t give …

Getting Lost In Morocco

Posted on 09/25/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Volunteering | Washington By Jeremiah McDaniel, Peace Corps West Coast Region Thousands of miles from her home, Mary Liz Chaffee found herself moving along a dusty, bumpy path, deep in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco.  Alone and isolated she made her way to the family compound where she would spend the next two years of her life, a life without running water, without electricity, a life as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  For Chaffee, then 52, this was exactly where she wanted to …

How Will Your Elected Leaders Address the Age Wave? – Join us for a candidate forum in your community

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Washington This January, a cast of new Senators and Representatives will descend on Olympia into a sea of policy and budget challenges. Before they get too distracted, let’s make sure they take note and recognize the Age Wave that is affecting our state. Today, 12 percent of Washingtonians are 65 plus. By 2030 that will grow to nearly 20 percent or one out of every five people in our state. The oldest older people are the fasted growing group – we …

Support Needed for Family Caregivers

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Washington By Dana E. Neuts In November 2008, Kathy Petersen made the difficult decision to care for her 80-year-old mother at home, moving the older woman into her small one-bedroom condo in Bellingham. Petersen, now 67, quit her job as a private long-term caregiver to care for her mother, who had Alzhei­mer’s disease. They subsisted on Peter­sen’s Social Security and her mother’s retirement income. “We were living right on the edge of what we could afford,” Petersen recalled. While attending a …