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— In a state whose legislative session is only 45 days, AARP stands ready to score some wins for state residents 50-plus when lawmakers meet beginning Jan. 23. AARP Utah’s legislative priorities for 2017 include retirement security, support for family caregivers and access to affordable health care. One proposed bill would allow more private-sector workers to save for retirement through payroll deductions. Nationwide, people are 15 times more likely to save through a job-based plan than by setting money aside on …

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— In the first of its kind in the nation, an AARP Smart Driver course was taught to deaf students at the Sanderson Center in Taylorsville, Utah on Monday, November 14.  The Center reached out to AARP and requested that a class be taught there as a way to give older, deaf drivers a chance to refresh their driving skills. Never before has a class been taught with the assistance of sign language interpreters; the national AARP Driver Safety Program has referred people …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 1pm MT Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 1 pm, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is “Getting the …

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—   by Kristen Keckheisen, AARP Fraud Watch Network In the “how low can you go” category, scammers often target veterans – either in direct scams offering bogus services, or in charity scams that closely mimic the names of legitimate organizations helping veterans and military families. Warn your loved ones of these top tricks: Bogus sales – A scammer claiming to be a deploying service member posts a large ticket item on a classified ad website that he needs to sell …

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— Join us for our free webinar “Heart Advice: Family Caregivers in the Heartland” Thursday, October 27th at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT. Be part of an open and honest conversation with Maren Turner and Judy Davis Cole, family caregivers in Kansas. You’ll learn how caregiving has changed in the last few years and how Maren and Judy care for loved ones with strength and grace. They’ll also take your questions live. PLUS, everyone who registers will receive a free stainless …

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—   Are you a member of the AARP Fraud Watch Network yet?  If so, you should have already heard about this scam.  Don’t fall for it!  If you want to become a member of the Network, just click here  and enroll.  There’s no cost, and you don’t need to be an AARP member to join–it’s open to people of all ages.  Being an AARP Fraud Watch Network member means you’ll hear about scams in your area as well as be able …

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— Want to become more warm & natural in job interviews? Don’t miss our fun, out-of-the-box webinar “Improv to Get the Job” THIS Thursday 10/20 at 7pm ET. Skilled improv artists Ellen Ornato-Feldman and Jenny Drescher — who hail from Connecticut — will help you learn how to use improvisation techniques that could help you land your next job! They’ll also take your questions live! PLUS everyone who registers will get a free travel mug! Register now!