Free Tax Assistance and Preparation Now Through April 15th

Posted on 02/1/2016 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers across Idaho through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 49th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. Last year, 278 Idaho AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 32,000 people file their federal, state and local tax returns. Refunds in Idaho totaled more …

Conference Will Address Family Caregivers’ Needs

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Moving Conversation to Action is the theme of the fifth annual Family Caregiver Conference cosponsored by AARP Idaho. The popular daylong conference will be Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Student Union Building at Boise State University. The conference aims to help the estimated 196,000 family caregivers in Idaho, whose support enables many older Idahoans to continue to live at home. Idaho caregivers’ unpaid services—worth about $2.2 billion per year—are especially needed in rural areas where access to long-term care services …

AARP Idaho Recognizes Outstanding Volunteer, Fred Turner

Posted on 12/14/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

Fred Turner has been an active AARP Idaho volunteer for nearly ten years.  Since commencing his volunteer service for AARP in 2006, Fred has served as co-chair for the Capitol City Task Force, the AARP state advocacy group, and he has served three consecutive two-year terms on the AARP Idaho Executive Council (since January, 2010).    For the past six years, Fred has volunteered as a Senior Health Insurance Medicare Advisor, which he continues to do from our Boise office every …

AARP Honors Local Family Caregiver, from Boise, Idaho

Posted on 12/10/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

 “A good day was filled with joy and laughter. The tough time was exhaustion—the constant lifting and lack of sleep,” Yvette, Boise, ID. Yvette, age 55, has epilepsy. She cared for her parents while working, raising two children and helping with her much younger sister, Jocelyn. Her mother, Donna, had multiple sclerosis, and her father, LeeRoy, a veteran, was paralyzed from a stroke. AARP believes family caregivers stories, like Yvette’s, aren’t celebrated nearly enough. Because of their tireless efforts, older …

How to Keep Your Pet Safe while on the Road: 5 Tips for Driving With Pets

Posted on 12/8/2015 by | AARP Idaho | Comments

You’ve probably seen the ironic bumper stickers claiming “Dog is My Copilot.” It may be a play on words, but it’s also frequently true, especially during the holiday season. Idahoans all over the state will be making the rural-trek to see family and friends, with their “furry copilot.” According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association, 84 percent of pet owners say they take their pets on the road with them. Sure, Fido may love the wind in his face …

Fighting for Issues That Hit Close to Home

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

With a new legislative session beginning Jan. 11, AARP Idaho stands ready to fight for issues important to Idahoans age 50-plus—from caregiving and long-term care to retirement security, fraud prevention and consumer protection. AARP advocates will focus especially on ways to help the estimated 196,000 family caregivers in the state, whose unpaid services enable adult loved ones to continue to live at home instead of moving into costly institutional care. Key to AARP advocacy in 2016 will be its Capital …