— Thank you for reaching out to state legislators on behalf of this new bill, which helps protect you, your family, and countless state residents  from ID theft! As we told you last month, AARP Massachusetts has filed legislation that would remove fees for credit report security freezes, to help Massachusetts residents save money and better protect themselves against identity (ID) theft and fraud. The legislative lead sponsors of this bill are state Sen. Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) and state Rep. Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenberg). …

— Thank you for reaching out to state legislators on behalf of this new bill that supports family caregivers in the state! As we told you last month, AARP Massachusetts has filed legislation to help family caregivers in the state by providing a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by the caregivers. The lead sponsors of the legislation, officially known as “An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit,” (SD.1553/HD.610), are Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) and Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham). Sen. …

— Ads for jobs guaranteeing you will make a certain amount of money or that you can work from home are probably scams. If you respond to the ad, you’ll likely be asked to send money so you can either get the job, acquire more job listings, receive supplies to start a business at home, or obtain special “certification” that’s supposed to get you a job. If an ad for a job sounds too good to be true, it probably is. …

— “Romance” scams netted criminals nearly $2 billion in 2016, with a new victim every 48 seconds. Romance scams start with fake profiles on online dating sites. The scammer, who is conveniently working abroad, quickly builds a relationship with the targeted victim, exchanging photos, romantic messages, or even talking by phone. Then they will make a request: money needed for an emergency or maybe to plan an in-person visit. The target sends money, and then never hears from the love interest …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

— If you’re in the greater Boston area, and whether you’ve been an AARP member for one year or for 20+ years, here’s your chance to learn more about what your AARP Massachusetts state office is planning locally in Boston — and how you can get involved! The AARP Massachusetts Boston Volunteer Network, formed in 2016, is thriving and has been bringing important content to residents of the city of Boston and its neighborhoods. We’re now looking for more volunteers to join …

— Here’s a new scam the AARP Fraud Watch Network has recently become aware of. A resident receives an official-looking letter from a law firm in her/his state, outlining a family member’s prior criminal conviction, describing the verdict, and then stating there is an outstanding fine or fee. The letter directs the resident to send a check to clear the expense. If you receive a letter like this, contact local law enforcement at once.   Be a fraud fighter! If you …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 7 p.m. ET Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly stated his commitment to prevent changes to Medicare.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on members of Congress to follow the president’s …

— See our time-sensitive Action Alert below! Of the more than 844,000 family caregivers in Massachusetts, very few are reimbursed for the care they provide. In fact, the estimated value of this care exceeds $11 billion per year, based on data from 2013. Most family caregivers help their loved ones with “activities of daily living” or ADLs. These include everyday functions and activities that individuals usually do without help, including bathing, continence, dressing, eating, toileting, and transferring. In addition, many caregivers …