— AARP Arkansas seeks nominees for the 2017 Andrus State Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer tribute. The Andrus Award honors Arkansans 50+ who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The Andrus Award winner is nominated by his or her peers and the award recipient is chosen by a special selection committee consisting of AARP Arkansas volunteer leaders. Nominations will be evaluated based on how the volunteer’s work has …

— The American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 and is awaiting action by the U.S. Senate,  would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans—including hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. The AHCA is very bad medicine for Arkansans, especially those ages 50 to 64. It would: X Remove protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, impacting over 280,000 Arkansans. X Weaken protections for people in the individual market and those …

— Join us Thursday, May 11 at the University of Arkansas-Pulaski Technical College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute in Little Rock for a special AARP Movies For Grownups free screening of American Masters—James Beard: America’s First Foodie. The evening begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by the film at 6:30 p.m., then after the film, an exciting panel discussion featuring local chefs! Seating is limited so RSVP TODAY! Join us before the movie at 5:30 p.m. for a special free …

— The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday,  May 4, 2017,  passed the dangerous American Health Care Act by a razor-thin margin: 217-213. This bill gives billions to special interests while sticking ordinary Americans with huge premium hikes. It includes an “age tax” that would force Americans age 50 to 64 to pay up to $13,000 more for health care. It weakens Medicare, and it removes protections for people with pre-existing conditions. The House should not have passed it. How did …

— Plans to hold Members of Congress accountable while renewing opposition in Senate WASHINGTON, DC — AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond reiterated AARP’s opposition to the health bill passed in the U.S. House of Representatives that would harm American families who count on access to affordable health care: “AARP is deeply disappointed in today’s vote by the House to pass this deeply flawed health bill. The bill will put an Age Tax on us as we age, harming millions of American …

—   Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen. But you can fight back against fraud! To help consumers protect themselves from ID theft, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network and AARP Arkansas are hosting Operation: Stop Scams FREE shredding events in Arkansas. Our first shredding event in this series, held in Fayetteville on April 30, had a great turnout. The next shredding event will be held in Little Rock on Saturday, May 13, and as in Fayetteville, we’ll partner with a local shredding provider to take any confidential documents you …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— Energy bills can be confusing for consumers, especially in places where utility service areas cross state lines. And increasing utility costs can be tough for Arkansans living on fixed incomes. The Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) is holding hearings this month on a natural gas rate increase proposed by Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E), which has 60,000 customers in western Arkansas. AARP monitors rate proposals and fights for affordable utilities. AARP Arkansas, which encouraged members to help rein in previous …

— AARP on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, sent the following  letter to all 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives regarding the latest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). If you are concerned about how this bill might impact you or your family, let your voice be heard by calling your U.S. Representative toll free at 1-844-866-1425.       April 26, 2017 Dear Representative: AARP, with its nearly 38 million members in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. …

—   CONWAY—The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free family caregiver workshop on Tuesday, May 9 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 at Faulkner County Library at 1900 Tyler St. in Conway.  For more information or to register, please …