— Harvey, Irma, Maria – these powerful and dangerous hurricanes have been devastating to the communities in their path of destruction. At the same time, wildfires and earthquakes have impacted the west coast of the United States. No matter where you live, it is important to take action now to prepare for emergencies. Here in the District of Columbia we never know what winter storms may be in store for us! September is National Preparedness Month, and FEMA encourages you to …

— AARP signaled another milestone in its efforts to build a more localized presence in communities across the country, with the opening of AARP DC’s new office location in the Navy Yard neighborhood. On June 29, 2017, AARP DC celebrated the move with an “Opening Day” event attended by more than 100 guests, including: AARP DC Executive Council members, Andrus Award winners, former AARP DC State Presidents, AARP Chapter leaders, community leaders and AARP staff and volunteers. When AARP first established …

— Learn simple steps to increase your online security Are you an easy target for online hackers or scammers? By learning some simple steps to secure your phone, increase your online safety and recognize scams, you reduce your risk of becoming the next victim. That’s why it’s a smart move to attend AARP’s Online Safety Workshop. In this live, one-hour online event, you’ll be guided by your workshop host as you learn the latest in online safety. You’ll also learn about …

— Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money every year, and every day criminals become more sophisticated. You can be part of the effort to fight back against fraud! Through AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP is arming Americans with the tools they need to spot and avoid fraud and scams so they can protect themselves and their families. Sign up NOW to join a call on April 27 with AARP DC and fraud prevention …

—             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 11, 2016 Contact: JoAnn Mangione, LCE Communications Manager Office: 202.434.2074;  Cell: 202.258.9224 LEGAL COUNSEL FOR THE ELDERLY’S SENIOR MEDICARE PATROL & THE AARP FRAUD WATCH NETWORK LAUNCH A CAMPAIGN TO FIGHT FRAUD (Washington, D.C.) – According to the National Council on Aging, financial scams targeting the elderly is emerging as the crime of the 21st century. In addition, D.C.’s Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking says, the growing senior population …

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— Learn how to not be a victim of fraud at a May 26th Fraud Awareness Forum in Ward 7 at the Washington Senior Wellness Center. The event, which is organized by AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE), also includes a drive-through FREE shredding of your documents. AARP DC is one of the event partners along with LCE’s Senior Medicare Patrol, and AARP’s Fraud Watch Network. Presenting Corporate Sponsor is City First Bank of DC. Presenting Media Sponsors are ABC7 …

— Identity theft is a persistent problem in the District of Columbia. The number of D.C. complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission increased from fewer than 1,000 in 2014 to more than 1,500 in 2015. Thieves are now using people’s Social Security numbers to steal their retirement benefits. To avert such thefts, AARP is urging residents to set up a “My Social Security” account on the Social Security Administration’s website. Workers can use their online account to monitor earnings history …

— Elder abuse is an underreported crime, and the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) wants to stop it. In cooperation with other nonprofit organizations, LCE is helping to train Metropolitan Police Department detectives to identify cases of neglect, assault and exploitation of vulnerable adults. The training helps investigators recognize subtle signs of abuse, such as mail delivered to a victim’s home in someone else’s name. Elder abuse is defined as a knowing, intentional or negligent act that causes harm …

— Join Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) and Senior Medicare Patrol for a FREE Fraud Awareness Forum and Community Shred Event on Thursday, May 28. The shred event is scheduled from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET, and the fraud forum from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET. Hear from experts from the Federal Trade Commission and AARP Fraud Watch Network on how to prevent identity theft. The event will be held at the Washington Seniors Wellness Center (3001 Alabama Ave, SE, D.C.). Call …

— On Saturday, April 18th, AARP DC  co-sponsors Horizons 2015: Uniting Energy Technology and Consumers, at the University of the District of Columbia Law School, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW Washington, D.C. from 9:00 AM-4:00 PM. Consumers will learn from and connect with the service providers who are creating a new world of technology and utility service options. Horizons 2015 will inform consumers about energy and sustainability issues such as solar energy, grid modernization, distributed generation, and tools they need for tracking …