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— At AARP Massachusetts, we’re out in communities throughout the state, sharing information on a wide variety of topics. The following upcoming events are open to the public, and while some require registration others do not. Take a look and register for those that spark your interest! For any questions, please email us at ma@aarp.org. “All Things AARP” – Come Learn What We Do For You!                               …

AARP is a sponsor of this year's Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, which takes palce on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016.

— C’mon into town this weekend and enjoy Boston’s premier music fest at the 2016 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 24, from noon to 6 p.m. The Festival, which is free, takes place on Columbus Avenue in Boston. AARP Massachusetts will be there with tables of free resources and information about all of our programs, such as Life Reimagined, Fraud Watch Network, HomeFit, and many, many more. Our AARPMA State President, Sandy Albright, will be present, along with AARPMA Outreach Director Kara …

Jim Gonzales, left, an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer, recommended the free tax-preparation service to Ray Jimenez, of Taylor

— Did you know? AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service. AARP Foundation and AARP Massachusetts are looking to expand our team of volunteers for the 2017 tax season by recruiting volunteers. The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during the tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles …

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—   Did you know there are more than 90 million drivers age 50+ nationwide, and yet AARP Driver Safety reaches just 1 percent of them annually? Especially as driving distractions increase so does the need for safer highway and roadways with alert and fully informed drivers — and this is where you can help! We’re looking for two volunteers to serve as classroom instructors for our AARP Smart Driver course. After you receive training and resources to make the job …

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— Election Day is right around the corner – and the candidates are hunting for your vote. But as they roll out the the usual rhetoric about important issues like the future of Social Security, it seems like many have forgotten what’s really at stake here: Your money, your future and the futures of your children and grandchildren. The bottom line is this: If we don’t do anything to help fix Social Security, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a …

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— New Bedford and Boston residents: Q: What’s an easy way to help protect yourself and your loved ones from ID theft? A: Shredding no longer needed, sensitive, or confidential documents, of course! AARP Massachusetts and the AARP Fraud Watch Network are holding free shredding events, one in New Bedford on Friday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon, and the other in Boston, on Thursday, Sept. 29, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both events are open to the public, and an RSVP is not needed. …

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— As they age, most people want to remain living in their homes for as long as they can. But will their homes safely age along with them? The AARP HomeFit Workshop, part of AARP Livable Communities programming, teaches people how to make modifications to their homes, thereby allowing them to safely “age in place.” Changes range from simple, no cost solutions to larger, more expensive retrofits. Join AARP Massachusetts at the Westfield Senior Center on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016, from …

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— The AARP Encore Entrepreneur Program helps people 50+ get real-world and expert information about starting a new business, or growing an existing business. Working in collaboration with the Massachusetts District Office of the Small Business Administration, AARP Encore Entrepreneur events provide you with information including starting and managing a small business; writing a business plan; seeking and obtaining financing; getting expert mentoring; and offer access to a wide variety of in-person and online resources. Our next event is in New Bedford …

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— Just what does AARP Massachusetts do for you and others in the Bay State? Find out during a fun and informative program we’re calling “All Things AARP,’ on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Sons of Italy ITAM 564 Lodge, 22 Waubeek Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201. You’ll have the chance to learn all about what AARP is doing in your community, across the state, and at the federal level. At AARP, we help people …

Frank Abagnale Jr. is the AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador. 11/22/10 photo by Jeffrey Langlois/Palm Beach Daily News

— AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale offers lessons on avoiding scams and protecting against fraud and ID theft AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale — who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades and is one of the world’s most respected authorities on identity theft — will offer his expert knowledge to the general public at an event in Melrose in November. Abagnale, who was portrayed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio …

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— Join AARP facilitators and staff for AARP ‘Careversations,’ engaging, interactive conversations about family caregiving. Connect with other family caregivers at your table as you enjoy complimentary food and drinks. You’ll learn how to build a caregiver support network, discover tips on caring for yourself, and learn details about finding local resources. Seats at each event are limited to the first 40 RSVPs, so reserve your spot today! Click here for FAQs about AARP Careversations in Massachusetts.   WHEN: Sunday, September 18, 2016 1-2:30 p.m. Register …