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AARP New Mexico invites baseball fans to join in an evening of fun on Friday, June 3, AARP Day at the Ballpark, when the Albuquerque Isotopes take on the Fresno Grizzlies at Isotopes Park. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. Fans can stop by the AARP booth on the concourse level to pick up information about caregiving, preventing scams and identity theft, Life Reimagined and Social Security.

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Shredder can be your best friend in thwarting ID thieves By ELLEN MARKS Albuquerque Journal Shredding no-longer-needed documents is a key step in protecting yourself from identity theft. If you do your own destruction, the most effective tool is a cross-cut shredder, according to Consumer Reports. That’s because it slices papers both horizontally and vertically and cuts smaller pieces than the long, thin strips other shredders produce. (Strategic pieces of those strips can be pasted together by enterprising identity thieves.) …

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As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP New Mexico will join in “Shred Fest 2016” to help consumers safely dispose of their financial documents with free document shredding events in Santa Fe and Las Cruces that are open to the public. Both events are Saturday, April 30th. In Santa Fe, AARP New Mexico is joining with Del Norte Credit Union at Del Norte’s southside Santa Fe location, 3286 Cerrillos Road. Shredding …

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While the 2016 State Legislative Session was somewhat anticlimactic — largely due to revenue projections falling far short of expectations — several bills supported by AARP New Mexico still managed to make it to Governor Susana Martinez’s desk. “This was probably one of the more challenging budget sessions we’ve had in recent years because there was very little new money coming in,” said Leonel Garza, AARP New Mexico Legislative Committee Chairman. “As a result, a majority of the bills introduced, …

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Are you taking care of a loved one with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? Do you need help understanding your role as a caregiver? If so, the Non-Metro New Mexico Area Agency on Aging has a workshop that can help. The Savvy Caregiver course can help caregivers understand Alzheimer’s and other dementia related conditions; managing daily life and behaviors; the toll caregiving can take; caring for yourself while caring for others; decision making; and communicating. “No one plans to …

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State Legislators in Santa Fe are facing some difficult financial decisions as budget projections of $232 million in new money have dwindled to $30 million. As the debate gets ready to enter the Senate, AARP New Mexico is watching budget negotiations to ensure that senior services and programs are maintained. “We know that finances are tight and some kind of balance has to be struck,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director.  “AARP’s concern is a number of programs …

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AARP New Mexico is working with state lawmakers to ensure adequate funding for services that help people continue to live at home as they age, rather than moving into nursing homes or other institutional settings. Such services include home-delivered meals, group meals at senior centers, transportation and respite for family caregivers. “For the last couple of years, the state’s budget has remained relatively flat despite an increasing need for services as the population ages,” said Gene Varela, AARP state director. …

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If you are a family caregiver in New Mexico there is a new law that can help you be included in your loved one’s care when that person is admitted into the hospital. It’s called the New Mexico Lay Caregiver Aftercare Training Act, also known as the CARE Act. “AARP recognizes the critical roles that family caregivers play in taking care of their loved ones,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director. “We also know that when a person …

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New Mexico caregiver Valentin Varela and his mother Ruby were selected by AARP for a special honor designed to highlight and showcase the work that unpaid family caregivers do across the country. In New Mexico 419,000 people provide care at any one time for a family member or other loved one. In the last year AARP created the I Heart Caregiver website to honor family caregivers and to collect their stories.  Recently AARP asked caregivers to share a picture of …

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AARP New Mexico is pleased to announce that it has awarded its highest honor, the 2015 AARP New Mexico Andrus Award for Community Service, to Ms. Janell Whitlock of Carlsbad. The Andrus Award for Community Service is designed to honor volunteers who go above and beyond everyday volunteering activities. It is to honor those who best embody Dr. Ethel Andrus’ spirit of reaching out to help others and embody her motto of “To Serve, Not to be Served”,  the very …