— Document-Shredding Events and Education Sessions Will Help Consumers Avoid Fraud Los Angeles, CA. – The AARP Fraud Watch Network brings fraud-fighting efforts to consumers nationwide in “Operation: Stop Scams” — a month-long series of events in communities coast-to-coast, as AARP state organizations sponsor more than 150 free local events in nearly every state and the District of Columbia from Friday, April 14, through Tuesday, May 16, 2017. Events include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam …

— AARP members are invited to register for FREE to the sixth annual Innovation@50+ LivePitch event where they can learn about and provide real time feedback on new technology designed to meet the needs for people over 50. The event will take place Wednesday April 12 (8:30am-6:30pm) and Thursday April 13 (8:30-4:00pm), 2017 at the Computer History Museum, 1401 N. Shoreline Blvd. in Mountain View, CA. This event is the only one of its kind, bringing together innovative startups in: Health …

— By Ray Huard Marcia Johnson, 70, of Palmdale, has been driving since she got her learner’s permit at age 15½. She’s never had an accident, but she was concerned that her driving skills might have gotten a little rusty. “I wanted to sharpen up on my knowledge of driving,” she said. Sure enough, Johnson said, when she took the AARP Smart Driver course, she learned about driving hazards she’d never thought about and cleared up a few misconceptions. “The one …

— STATEMENT OF AARP CALIFORNIA STATE DIRECTOR NANCY MCPHERSON: On behalf of AARP’s nearly 3.3 million California members, I want to thank the members of California’s Republican and Democratic Congressional delegations for their leadership in taking a stand to oppose the American Health Care Act. While it’s true that health care costs are continuing to rise, the AHCA would have actually increased prices further, while providing less coverage and giving billions of dollars in tax breaks to pharmaceutical and insurance companies. …

— Sacramento, Calif.  – Today, in a ceremony at the State Capitol, AARP California Executive Council Member Rita Saenz presented California State Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León a plaque recognizing him an AARP “Super Saver” for 2016.  The Super Saver award is bestowed upon a select number of elected leaders across the nation – regardless of party affiliation — who have fought to make it possible for more Americans to save for their future. Senator de León was honored …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 16, 2017 CONTACT:  AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARP Media Washington, DC – A new AARP survey shows that an overwhelming percentage (84 percent) of American private sector workers “strongly or somewhat agree” that officials should back legislation to enable workers “to save their own money for retirement.” The survey of nearly 4,000 workers aged 18 to 64 included a significant oversampling of African Americans, Latinos/as and Asian Americans.  The survey finds strong backing across all …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              CONTACT:  Hilda Marella Delgado Monday, March 6, 2017                                                (626) 429-7072, hdelgado@aarp.org Pasadena, Calif.– After the U.S. House of Representatives recently fast-tracked a measure that aims to prevent states from creating their own workplace savings programs, AARP and State Treasurer John Chiang today held a press conference urging the U.S. Senate to defeat the legislation and thereby protect the ability of millions of California workers to save for a secure retirement through the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings …

— To celebrate new funding for the Los Angeles County public transit system and to encourage people to use it, AARP in Los Angeles is providing free, specially designed Metro TAP fare cards with a $1.75 credit to pay for the first ride. AARP is teaming up with the county transit agency, Metro, to support safe, affordable transportation options for the community. The reloadable plastic cards will feature designs created by local artists and AARP members Yolanda Gonzalez and Synthia Saint …

— About 7.5 million Californians whose employers do not offer a retirement savings plan will soon have a way to save for retirement through payroll deductions. Signed into law in September by Gov. Jerry Brown (D), the Secure Choice program requires employers with five or more employees either to sponsor a retirement savings plan or to automatically enroll their workers in a new state-created plan. The employer mandate will be phased in over a three-year period. AARP California backed the legislation …

— In celebration of Black History Month AARP is recognizing Black Americans who have achieved phenomenal “firsts.” In this spirit, AARP in Los Angeles is sharing their stories here on our blog, as well as inviting followers on social media to share their own stories. What better what to wrap up our month-long celebration than by shining a light on a woman who just made Hollywood history? At age 51, acclaimed actress and Southern California resident, Viola Davis became the first Black …