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— AARP Idaho is pleased to welcome Becky Young of Blackfoot, as the new state coordinator of the Driver Safety Program in Idaho. As state coordinator, Young will organize and oversee all of the volunteer driver safety instructors who teach courses in cities and towns across the Gem State. Last year, more than 40 volunteer instructors conducted 150 classes throughout Idaho resulting in more than 1,700 Safe Driver “graduates.” Young has been an AARP Driver Safety volunteer for the past 12 …

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— Want to be part of something big in the Gem State? AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help during the tax season. This program is available to anyone, young or old, AARP member or not. You don’t need to be a math expert to be a volunteer. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support …

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— New Knowledge Adventures offers affordable classes for adults who enjoy lifelong learning. Cosponsored by AARP Idaho, Idaho State University and the Treasure Valley YMCA, the program provides exploration and fellowship in a noncompetitive environment at the university’s campus in Boise. Students age 50-plus can enroll in as many classes as they like for just $35 per semester. The catalog for the fall semester includes more than 100 classes, with something for everyone. Interested in wine tasting? Snowshoeing? Painting on silk? …

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— Joys and Challenges Facing Military Caregivers featuring MG Antonio M. Taguba, USA (Ret.) and Meg Kabat, Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, September 8th 2pm ET/1pm CT REGISTER HERE After his parents became ill, Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba and his siblings found themselves unprepared to care for them. Faced with tough decisions about health and finances, they found a way to care for their parents the best they could. Join Major General Taguba and Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support …

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— Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver With Humor featuring Peter Rosenberger Thursday, August 25th  7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Listen up family caregivers: humor is an expression of a healthy heart — not a defense mechanism! After more than 30 years as a family caregiver for his wife, Gracie, including 78 operations, 60 doctors in 12 hospitals and $9 million in medical bills, Peter Rosenberger has learned: it’s OK to laugh! Join him for this free online event …

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— Join us for an AARP Idaho town meeting with Senator Mike Crapo You’re invited to join us for a telephone town hall meeting with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. This live and interactive call is your opportunity to ask the Senator questions via telephone on the national debt, budget, Social Security, Medicare or other issues. The hour long conversation begins at 6:10 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Wednesday, August 24th. Participants can join dialing toll free                         (877) 229-8493 and entering …

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— AARP Driver Safety (ADS) is seeking a highly qualified person to serve as the next State Coordinator for Idaho. The current State Coordinator, Roger Wheeler, has decided to retire from the position.  This is an unpaid volunteer position. Any ADS volunteer or individual outside of the program is welcomed to apply.  Please refer to the attached position description for additional information. This key position requires both a commitment to the policies and direction of Driver Safety, and the ability to …

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— Boise, ID — New analysis conducted by AARP shows that 806,000 Idaho workers who are paying into Social Security today stand to lose 25 percent of their benefits if the President and Congress don’t act. While the revenue shortfall faced by the Social Security system that could result in cuts is not imminent, in June, the Social Security Trustees reported that the trust fund would run dry in 2034. After that time, across-the-board cuts of nearly 25 percent would take …

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— New Knowledge Adventures in the Treasure Valley is back in action for the fall 2016 semester and bigger and more thought-provoking than ever. Click HERE and check out what Idaho Jones has to say! From history, painting and cooking to games, fitness and health, AARP Idaho is once again offering New Knowledge Adventures as a way for people 50-plus to have fun and meet others while keeping their brains sharp. The continuing education program, now available in Boise and the …

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— New research shows Idaho ranks 34th in the total number of identity thefts, fraud and other consumer complaints within the Gem State. That translates to just over 450 complaints per 100,000 residents. August is AARP’s Fraud Fighting Month. To aid the ongoing efforts of AARP’s Fraud Watch Network’s goal of providing Americans with resources and tools to help them protect their financial security, AARP Research has created the ‘Idaho Consumer Fraud Fact Sheet’. The Consumer Fraud Fact Sheets provide state level …