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AARP in Rapid City helped to protect hundreds of South Dakotans from identity theft with Shred Fest 2016 yesterday at the Rushmore Mall. Community members, hauling old personal and financial documents, began lining up 45 minutes before the free event began.  Over the course of four hours, A to Z Shredding Company securely destroyed 12,469 pounds – over 6 tons – of sensitive information. Volunteers from the Rapid City Cobblers high school football team were on hand to help bear …

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When it comes to landing a job, you can’t just be a little better than the competition — you have to stand out from the crowd! Our interactive webinar Beat the Competition, Stand Out from the Crowd & Land Your Next Job, will help you learn dynamic ways to write cover letters and resumes that get noticed. Plus, learn how you can make an impression that helps you move from job seeker to employee. Get the details here. [Photo credit: …

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Are you a family caregiver running on an empty tank? Don’t miss our interactive webinar that will help you learn how to take care of yourself as you care for a loved one. We’ll share practical advice and firsthand experience on how you can balance your physical, mental and emotional health! Register now for details. [Photo credit: i-stock.com/Cathy Yeulet]

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You’re Invited to Our Virtual Viewing Party: Staying Competitive with Work & Jobs! Register and watch our online lessons on your computer or mobile device. As a thank you, everyone who registers will receive a free stainless steel travel mug! Watch the videos – which will teach you how to use Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogs, YouTube and more to stay competitive in the job market.  You can take a short quiz for a chance to win our grand prize – a $250 …

AARP South Dakota is collaborating with CAREgivers by Active Generations, a nonprofit organization based in Sioux Falls, to help family caregivers across the state. The two organizations have compiled a packet of information that can connect caregivers to resources and support in their community. Enclosed in the packet is an AARP guide called Prepare to Care, which can help families anticipate their needs for long-term care and formulate a plan before they reach a crisis. The packet also includes tips …

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AARP members can bring their grandchildren or come alone and celebrate their inner youth at a performance May 15 of the musical Mary Poppins. A festive reception for AARP members and their guests will be held after the family-friendly play about a magical nanny who helps bring a family together. At the reception, characters from the show will pose for photographs, a balloon artist will create souvenirs and refreshments will be served. “We’re inviting members to bring their kids or …

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With Tax Day less than a month away, IRS imposter scams are in full force, robbing taxpayers of millions of their hard-earned dollars. Watch our video here and read on to learn how this scam works and how you can avoid getting taken by it. How it works: You get a call from someone claiming to be an IRS employee. The caller claims you owe a specific amount in taxes, and may threaten to arrest you if you don’t pay …

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AARP South Dakota is excited to welcome Erik Gaikowski as the new AARP SD State Director. Gaikowski is a highly respected non-profit leader who specializes in volunteer development and community engagement. Since 2000, Gaikowski has led the development and coordination of the American Cancer Society’s statewide advocate network and has successfully passed legislation to improve the health and well-being of all South Dakotans.   As ACS’ State Leadership Director, Gaikowski developed strategic partnerships with medical, corporate, and public employers and oversaw …

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The main run of the 2016 South Dakota Legislative Session has ended and here are some of the issues AARP South Dakota worked on during the session that impacts the 50+ population in South Dakota. Elder Abuse Task Force AARP South Dakota supported Senate Bill (SB) 54 which supports 10 of the 16 recommendations brought forward by the South Dakota Elder Abuse Task Force that AARP South Dakota served on in 2015.  SB 54 expands the definition of elder abuse …

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Every 2 seconds, someone’s identity gets stolen.  IdentityTheft.gov is a new tool victims can use to report what happened, build a recovery plan, and put that plan into action.  What’s at risk when someone steal’s your identity? A scammer may open up credit card accounts in your name, get a medical procedure you end up paying for, apply for a job or even file tax returns so they can collect your refund. With IdentityTheft.gov, victims first answer questions about what happened and …