—     November is National Family Caregivers month, and we are celebrating by highlighting the caregivers in our community.  The typical African American caregiver is a 44-year-old female who, in addition to working 32 hours per week at her job, also spends more than 30 hours per week helping caring for a loved one, such as the mother of teenagers who also cares for a mother who suffered a stroke. However,  family caregivers come in all variations and circumstances—from the …

— By Elizabeth Blish Hughes When immigrants from Southeast Asia come into the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide office in Sunnyvale looking for help preparing their returns, they often turn to Elaine Tran. A self-described “boat person” who arrived in the United States from Vietnam in 1979, Tran said the taxpayers who look for her “are more comfortable speaking their own languages. “When I explain, they understand more clearly,” said Tran, 56, who speaks three Asian languages—Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese—in addition to English. …

— This past Election Day, AARP was proud to celebrate the passage of “The Los Angeles County Transportation Plan”, or Measure M. (Read more here.) Now that the campaign is over, we’re hard at work at assembling an action plan to ensure that Measure M benefits AARP members across the County’s 88 cities. One of our partner community-based organizations, “Investing in Place”, recently posted a helpful article that discusses great ways to get involved with  Measure M. Check it out here. …

— En español, Don’t fall prey of these 7 hoaxes by Sid Kirchheimer T’is the season for shopping, salutations and various seasonal scams as perennial as poinsettias. Among the most common: 1. Shopping setups During the holidays, scammers, working like type A elves, try to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting shoppers. One popular scheme: rogue websites that appear on your search engine results when you type in the names of hot-selling gifts or even terms such as “discount toys.” …

—         AARP California is proud to celebrate the successful passage of “The Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan”, or Measure M, with residents of all ages across the County’s 88 cities. While this level of involvement with a local ballot initiative is unprecedented for AARP in California, State Director Nancy McPherson said the level of engagement throughout the campaign was due to Measure M falling directly in line with the organization’s core mission of enhancing the quality …

— By Ray Huard Marilyn White worries about how she’ll get around her Northern California community of Saratoga. At 91, White still drives, but plans to give up her car keys when she turns 92 next July and her license expires. “By the time I’m 92,” she said, “I hope they have a shuttle service here.” Saratoga is one of 11 cities and counties in California that are part of the growing AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The others are Berkeley, …

— AARP and the Fraud Watch Network congratulate volunteer Ken Allan on being named a 2016, 3rd Quarter Fraud Fighter for his outstanding work in the fight against fraud, scams, and identity theft.  Ken is being recognized for AARP Fraud Watch presentations he has made in Southern California, including at the AARP Shred Fest and the Bridge Creek and Oakmont Retirement Communities.  Ken has been a vital leader in the effort to arm Californians with the tools and information they need …

— AARP’s “Portraits of Community” is a unique project that presents a vibrant visual representation of how communities can embody the 8 Domains of Livability. These 8 Domains highlight the idea that our neighborhoods, roadways, and social interactions should be constructed in a way that benefit people of all ages and abilities, and that building communities in such a way has a lasting, positive impact. “Portraits of Community” is a “visualization” of the wants and needs of community members. Prominent among …

— SACRAMENTO – Today, AARP applauded California Governor Jerry Brown for signing into law the landmark Senate Bill 1234, California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Act (SB 1234), introduced by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De León. In signing SB 1234, California has created an auto-enrolled, supplemental retirement savings program for nearly 7 million private sector workers in California who did not previously have access to a retirement savings plan through their job. “AARP applauds California Governor Jerry Brown for this momentous …

— Los Angeles residents spend an average of 81 hours per year stuck in traffic, waiting for buses and trains, and navigating streets that are unfriendly for bikes and pedestrians. These are hours that could instead be filled with quality time with our families, kids, grandparents, and friends. At AARP, we believe our neighborhoods and communities should be livable and age-friendly for all. That’s why we invite you today to join AARP in supporting “The Los Angeles County Traffic Improvement Plan”, …

— Very few people have had as much impact in shaping California as Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo. Vallejo was born in Monterey in 1807, when that city was the capital of Alta California in the Viceroy of New Spain. As a young man, Vallejo worked as a clerk for English merchant William Hartnell, learning English, French, and Latin. Vallejo was serving as personal secretary to the Governor of California, Luis Arguello in 1821, when news of Mexico’s independence from Spain reached Monterey. …