— For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Advocates deliver nearly eight-thousand petitions today at State Capitol Olympia – “The person who victimized my grandma started by stealing her financial security, but in the end she stole so much more than just money,” says Amy Lecoq. “She stole part of my grandma’s person; the part that was trusting, confident, healthy, independent and proud of herself.” Camano Island resident Lecoq told the story about …

— Here’s the latest information we have on how to meet your member of Congress during the 2017 President’s Day Congressional Recess. District 1 – Suzan DelBene No events announced District 2 – Rick Larsen No events announced District 3 – Jaime Herrera Beutler No events announced District 4 – Dan Newhouse Tele-Town Hall planned for week of 2/20 Register at https://newhouse.house.gov/teletownhall-signup You will need to provide a 4th District zip code and will be emailed with details District 5- Cathy McMorris Rodgers …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 5 p.m. MT Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners in …

— For Immediate Release: January 30, 2017 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MaCcaul / 206-218-5915 AARP Washington Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of Washington Residents Washington — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Washingtonians who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs …

— One out of 20 older Americans are financially mistreated or victimized to some extent by a caregiver, friend, family member, lawyer or financial adviser, according to a study by the Justice Department.  While financial exploitation can happen to anyone, older adults and people with disabilities are disproportionately targeted for this crime. Washington State Adult Protective Services data shows a 92% increase in the number of financial exploitation investigations from 2010 to 2015. With more than 10,000 people turning 65 every …

— Free Webinar: Demystifying Medical Apps & Wearable Health Devices Featuring Leslie Saxon, M.D. January 30, 2017 11 a.m. PT Register for this webinar for a chance to win a $500 gift card* With more than 165,000 medical health apps and 12,000 wearable health-tracking devices on the market, how can you tell which ones are best for you? Join Dr. Leslie Saxon as she shares what to look for in a trustworthy medical app and how to maximize your health through …

— AARP Washington would like to say thank you our outgoing Driver Safety State Coordinator, Gordon Olson. Gordon steps down from the top volunteer leadership role after serving two four year terms, managing 130 volunteers in Washington State. “Gordon Olson has been a long standing volunteer, committed and dedicated to the success of the AARP Driver Safety program in Washington as State Coordinator,” said Kyle Rakow, vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety. “Our hardworking volunteers serve as our …

— Dan and Joyce Leonard of Colton have been recognized by AARP Washington for exemplary volunteerism and community service. AARP Washington recognized Dan and Joyce, along with two others, as part of the 2016 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service to honor individuals and couples for their remarkable volunteer efforts that have greatly benefited their communities, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. In Dan and Joyce’s honor, …

— For Immediate Release January 18, 2017 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Washington State Legislators Make Bipartisan List of “Capitol Caregivers” AARP Honors State Elected Officials for Helping Family Caregivers Washington – To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Washington State, AARP has named Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Barbara Bailey (R-10) and Representative Steve Tharinger (D-24) as 2016 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of elected officials representing more than 23 states.  These leaders have championed …