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—   By Linda Vitale – Lead Trainer and Educator AARP Arizona Fraud Watch Network Here’s how to recognize the signs of a Check Scam. You receive a check or money order. The sender asks you to deposit it into your bank account and then wire most of the money back. You are instructed to keep a small portion of the money for yourself – as a “Thank You” or as “Payment” for helping them out. U.S. Postal Inspectors have been …

— Learn how to create a family plan and find the support you need You may care for someone full time, 24/7. Or you may help someone with driving or grocery shopping a couple times a week. Either way, you’re a caregiver. And AARP’s caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, is here to guide you on your journey during the Online CAREversations Workshop. It’s a live, interactive event, so it’s the perfect way for busy people like you to access expert advice, interact …

— Basic motoring skills don’t change much, but the technology in cars is evolving. With increasing numbers of older adults behind the wheel, AARP Arizona is offering free workshops to keep motorists up to date, independent, safe and confident on the road. The workshops familiarize drivers with features such as blind-spot warning systems, smart headlights, reverse monitoring systems, collision and lane-departure warnings, assistive parking systems, adaptive cruise control and emergency response systems. In 2016, about 1 in 7 licensed drivers nationwide were …

— By Miriam Davidson In their 27 years together, makeup artist George Burson, 65, and husband David Samora, 58, have learned a thing or two about caregiving. The Phoenix couple, married in 2014, cared for Samora’s mother and Burson’s father. Both died of Alzheimer’s disease. They currently care for Gina, Burson’s 88-year-old mother, who has heart problems, diabetes and kidney issues—but not Alzheimer’s. “Her memory and hearing are probably better than mine,” Burson said. Caring for relatives—with and without dementia—has given …

— June 7, 2017                                                                    Contact: Jay Lickus Marketing Coordinator 623-584-4999 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 marketing@benevilla.org Benevilla Proud to be Part of 2017 City of Surprise Intergenerational Community Award Nomination West Valley, AZ – Benevilla, the West Valley’s premier human services nonprofit, is proud to be a partner with the City of Surprise who was selected as a National Finalist for the 2017 MetLife Foundation and Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards. Since 2012, the awards program has recognized 24 innovative communities …

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— Medicare and Medicaid recipients will breathe a sigh of relief as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) announced that they are in the process of removing social security numbers from insurance cards. This move will offer greater protection to 57.7 million Americans. The new cards will use a unique, randomly-assigned 11-digit number, referred to a  Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI). The MBI will replace the older Social Security-based insurance number, currently used on insurance cards. “We’re taking this step to …

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—   Recognize a stellar volunteer in your community. The AARP Arizona State Office is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is June 2. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your online nomination. Thank you for submitting an online nomination. More About the Andrus Award …

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— AARP is pleased to share with you our new pension resource, Understanding Public Pensions: Guide for Elected Officials, authored by AARP and the Center for State and Local Government Excellence. (http://bit.ly/2pOER0X) The purpose of this guide is to provide key facts about public pensions, including how they operate to meet the needs of employers, employees, and taxpayers, alike. The guide also discusses the important role policymakers play in making sure their state and local pension plans are well designed and …

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— We are very excited to announce the launch of AARP Arizona Hispanic Connection, a radio-social media platform. This platform will convene community thought leaders to educate on relevant issues (such as history, health, education, money, and other), celebrate Latino accomplishments (academically, politically, business, arts), and connect Hispanics of all generations. We recently held stakeholders meetings and identified a good number of issue experts that are ready to share valuable information. We also learned that many recognition events take place throughout …