Wi-Fi Warning: Free Hot Spots Are Vulnerable

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Fraud | Technology By Dana Neuts Did you know that using public Wi-Fi to access your bank account online or make credit card purchases can put your personal information at risk for fraud? Nearly half of all Internet users in Washington failed a quiz about online and wireless security, according to “Shady Signals,” a new report by AARP. “The availability of free Wi-Fi at just about every coffee shop, hotel or public gathering place offers limitless surfing possibilities for online users on the …

Life Reimagined: From Catching Salmon to Making Whiskey

Posted on 08/13/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Community | Money & Work Mike Sherlock spent 30 years in the commercial fishing industry, first running boats in the Bering Sea and later as a shipyard owner. But at the age of 54, he decided he wanted a different kind of life. When craft liquor distilling became legal in Washington State, Mike and his partner Patti Bishop saw opportunity. Patti owned a software business and both felt like they were working 24/7. Commercial distilling was a huge leap of faith but they took it. …

Uncork your inner artist at the “Tapping Your Creativity” Paint and Sip session

Posted on 08/12/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing Splash some paint, sip some wine, create a masterpiece and think about your “Life Reimagined.” The first step to creating change is becoming curious. Then you can truly shine. Try something new and step out of your comfort zone by joining us for a night to paint, brush up on your networking, and think about your Life Reimagined. Hear about “Tapping Your Creativity” from Rebecca Crichton, executive director of the Northwest Center for Creative Aging. Then local artists will guide …

FREE EVENT: Catch the world’s leading expert on outsmarting con artists…in your neighborhood

Posted on 08/11/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Fraud | Money & Work Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For over 40 years, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. He is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement …

AARP’s 2015 “Life Reimagined” speaker series – first up, Jean Chatsky on Sept. 16!

Posted on 08/10/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work | Uncategorized Sometimes life takes you in a different direction than where you thought you’d go.  But it’s never too late to make a change, and we can help guide you.  Now is the time for you to dust off a few dreams. That is why AARP is inviting you to the Life Reimagined speaker series to help you reflect on your goals and aspirations for the next phase of your life. Sometimes the process of doing something different can be daunting.  …

Think you’re getting old, Social Security Turns 80

Posted on 08/10/2015 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Money & Work By Kirk Larson Social Security Washington State Public Affairs Specialist Eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law. As the face of America has evolved over the course of the last eight decades, so has the Social Security Administration.  Social Security has expanded its safety net to provide benefits for retirees, people with disabilities, spouses and children of deceased workers. The agency has evolved to serve the needs of a …