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— Saddlebrooke Masters Club Swim Team Competes in Arizona State Masters Swim Club Championship by Rodger Bivens     On April 8th and 9th, 2017, The Saddlebrook Masters Swim Club team competed in the Arizona State Masters Swim Club Championship that was held in Goodyear, Arizona at the YMCA pool.  Some 60 plus men and women competed over the two days in both individual events and relay events.  This meet was perhaps the most important meet of the year, since it …

— Eager to do a spring cleaning of old financial statements as tax season winds down? If so, be careful when disposing of such documents. Arizonans filed nearly 9,000 complaints of identity theft with the Federal Trade Commission in 2016. Consumers can fight back against fraud by destroying sensitive paperwork. As part of a national AARP effort called Operation Stop Scams, AARP Arizona is sponsoring three free shredding events this month—in Prescott, April 21; Oro Valley, April 22; and Phoenix, April …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 5 p.m. MT Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

5 States

— The Arizona Family Caregiver Tax Credit bill (HB 2209 sponsored by Representative Heather Carter LD 15) will give family caregivers a state income tax break. A mirror bill has also been filed in the state Senate by Senator Kate Brophy-McGee District 11.  The goal of these bills is to help Arizona families with the thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket costs incurred in caring for loved ones.  Over 800,000 Arizonans – a silent army of love – spend one or more …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 25, 2017 at 5 p.m. …

AARP works to fight to keep electric costs down

— APS is currently asking for higher residential electric costs, nearly doubling of the fixed charge portion of monthly Basic rate plan electric bills for new customers . AARP is hosting a telephone town hall on Monday March 20th at 10:05 am (Arizona Time) to raise awareness of this APS rate increase proposal and to help you learn more about what the APS proposal may mean for residential ratepayers. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE TELE TOWN HALL MONDAY, MARCH 20th AT …

— Take a virtual tour and learn how to make every room safer. April 12, 2017 5 p.m. MT Are you a family caregiver? If so, don’t miss Home Safe Home, a virtual room-by-room makeover tour on how to make every room in your home safer for loved ones. And stay tuned as caregiving author Sherri Snelling and livable communities expert Karen Kafantaris answer your questions from the studio. What will you learn? Dozens of smart solutions to make any home …

— Fun new way for Arizonans to learn job search skills, family caregiving advice and how to stay safe online. Can you sell yourself to a potential employer in the time it takes to ride an elevator? Take the awkwardness out of the conversation when you’re helping a loved one plan for the future? Keep yourself safe from a hacker or handle the four toughest questions you’ll ever face in an interview? Introducing AARP’s new interactive videos that put you in the …

— By Ford Burkhart Cathy Rickel smiled as she listened to her son Brad play the trumpet. “He was always musical,” she recalled with pride during a social hour at an adult day care health center in Tucson, where Brad was entertaining her and several others who have Alzheimer’s disease. How Brad, 29, and Cathy, 65, got there illustrates the value of having a network of resources for family caregivers. After Cathy’s husband, Del, died last year, Brad consulted a string …

— Acompaña a Jan Lindsey en un “brunch” (desayuno-almuerzo) el martes 11 de abril y entérate de cómo puedes ayudar en la lucha por políticas más favorables para los adultos mayores de Arizona. Lindsey, y otros voluntarios y expertos, compartirán con algunos de los 90 legisladores estatales en el evento anual de cabildeo no partidario de AARP a las 10:30 a.m. en los jardines del Capitolio. Lindsey, de 70 años, de Fountain Hills, es una maestra y administradora jubilada de escuela …