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 …

Exhibit Displays Work of WWII Internees

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

Events | Washington Now through Oct. 12, AARP members showing their cards will receive a $2 discount per ticket for “The Art of Gaman,” an exhibit of more than 120 artifacts made by Japanese American internees during World War II, at the Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. Shortly after the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor, approximately 110,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast were ordered to leave their homes and forced into 10 internment camps, taking only necessities …

Sign up for SCAM JAM – September 9 in Spokane

Posted on 08/6/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Money & Work | Washington                 Scam artists are targeting you and the people you care about Learn how to fight back and spot the cons before they spot you Whether it’s over the phone, through the mail, online or even at your doorstep, con-artists are coming up with new and devious ways to scam you and your loved ones. Millions are lost each day to cons like foreign lottery fraud, bogus investment schemes, and online scams designed …

Upcoming free events / Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Posted on 08/6/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work | Washington Do you remember the old saying, “A woman’s work is never done?” We would have to agree with it. You’ve worked hard for a place to call home, a family, a job, and maybe a few extras. But life’s still calling. Finding the time to focus on your future is particularly important for women, who generally have more years to cover in retirement with fewer resources. Join “Bankers Life and Casualty Company” and discover how you can better prepare for …