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— The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) in Montgomery is offering AARP members and their guests a 15 percent discount on tickets every Saturday night during the 2016-17 season. The shows include A Christmas Carol, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sherlock Holmes, Dauphin Island, The Tempest and Mary Poppins. Created in 1972, ASF is the largest professional, producing theater in Alabama. The discount applies only to orchestra seating at evening performances, which start at 7:30. Use code SAVE15 to …

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— Alabama is encouraging people of all ages to step up to the starting line on Saturday, Nov. 12, for a 5K race and one-mile fun run/walk in Ensley, a Birmingham neighborhood. The events are organized by Black People Run, Bike & Swim and cosponsored by the AARP state office. The 5K race costs $35 per person and begins at 8 a.m. The fun run/walk is $20 per person and begins at 9 a.m. Participants will gather at the Bethesda Life …

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— AARP Alabama would like to thank the Alabama Legislature for the passage of legislation today that will ensure full funding for Medicaid in fiscal year 2017. Medicaid is critically important to some of our most vulnerable neighbors in Alabama, providing long-term nursing care and support services to our frail elders. Fully funding Medicaid for 2017 means that cost-effective programs like PACE and the Regional Care Organizations can continue to be implemented. These programs are expected to bend the cost curve for …

— Contact: Jamie Harding Phone: 205-470-1265 JHarding@aarp.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2016 Arden Brannan Schell appointed to represent AARP on Governor Bentley’s Alabama Consumer Protection Task Force Fairhope resident to begin task force work immediately Fairhope, AL – AARP Alabama announced today that Arden Brannan Schell of Fairhope will represent AARP on Governor Robert Bentley’s recently formed Alabama Consumer Protection Task Force. The governor created the task force in June in an effort to examine and address predatory lending practices …

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—   Join AARP Alabama on August 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo to honor our “Greatest Generation” and Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive. Spirit of ’45 Day recognizes the achievements and positive values of the men and women who were the “ordinary heroes” of the generation that endured the difficult times of the Great Depression, fought and won World War II, and then participated in an unprecedented effort to rebuild the world by …

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— Fraud and identity theft are running rampant across Alabama, costing victims millions of dollars. It’s important to know what to do if you or a loved one is a victim of one of these crimes. AARP Alabama wants you to know about resources available in our state to assist you. AARP’s Fraud Watch Network provides up-to-date information on scams here in Alabama and across the country. Access it online at: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/, or call 1-877-908-3360. If you believe you or a …

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— You already know how to keep your body fit. But what about your brain? On Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 5:45 p.m. CDT, AARP offices in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina will host a tele-town hall featuring world-class experts on brain health. Mental fitness is a top concern for people as they age, according to a 2014 AARP survey. Last year, AARP and the British charity Age UK launched the Global Council on Brain Health, a group of scientists, …

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—   Finding a job at age 50-plus can be tough—and may be even harder for those who have taken time off from the workforce to raise children or to care for an aging parent, spouse or other adult. AARP Alabama wants job seekers to know help is available through Back to Work 50+. Funded by AARP Foundation, the program is part of the Women’s Economic Stability Initiative at Jefferson State Community College. Coaches can help women 50 and older enroll …

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— AARP Shred Fest 2016 is a series of document-shredding events nationwide. In Alabama, we’ll be in Scottsboro on Saturday, April 30 from 9 AM to Noon for this FREE public event. The Shred Fest event will be located on Caldwell Street in Scottsboro, between the Fire Department and City Hall. The public is invited to drive up and drop off their sensitive documents and old electronics to be securely disposed of on-site. Documents will be shredded and electronics will be wiped clean …

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— Tomorrow morning could be Alabama’s best — and likely last — chance this session to see payday lending reform pass. The House Financial Services Committee is meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, to vote on SB 91, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, which models Colorado’s payday loan reform laws. Payday loans are short-term loans that carry annual interest rates of up to 456 percent a year in Alabama, often trapping borrowers in cycles of debt that can be hard …