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—   Seattle Parks Lifelong Recreation is partnering with AARP to present one time programs that are a chance for you to try something new! Have you always wanted to ride a bike to the winery, try out sailing, learn to rock climb? Here is your opportunity to experience activities in an easy, introductory and fun group setting. Grab a friend to sign up with you, or come alone and meet some new friends! Watch for “Explore U” offerings each quarter, …

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—   More than 800,000 Washingtonians care for older parents, spouses or loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on June 9, a new law took effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, or Senate Bill 6327, helps lay family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires …

Lighten the Load Tech_BakiBG

— Stop spending time trying and start spending more time doing when it comes to everyday technology! Now a days advancements in technology, much of which you may already own, are allowing Family Caregivers to be the best that they can. Join Tricia Sandiego and Mike Lee as they team up to maximize your potential  in AARP’s latest webinar, “Lighten the Family Caregiver Load Using Everyday Technology.” Register now to watch live at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT on Wednesday, June 29. …

Senior woman brushing teeth looking at herself in bathroom mirror

—   By Jeff Hambleton, MD June is National Smile Month, which is a good opportunity to draw attention to the importance of oral health, particularly for older adults. With water fluoridation and better dental care many people are keeping their teeth longer than ever before. But here’s a surprise for many pre-retirees. Medicare does not cover dental. In a recent state survey a majority of people 60 and older mistakenly believe that dental is part of basic Medicare. Good oral …

Mariners

—   Join us Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 12:40 p.m. at Safeco Field for AARP Day with the Seattle Mariners! Come out to the ballpark and have a good time with friends, family and fellow AARP members as the Seattle Mariners take on the White Sox. As a special bonus, AARP members can purchase tickets at a discounted price. Terrace-level tickets for AARP members and their guests are $39. The price includes a hot dog, salad, chips, cookies and a …

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— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …

On June 8, AARP Washington volunteer state president Mike Tucker, right, visited U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-WA, co-sponsor of the RAISE Family Caregivers Act.

— Volunteers and staff from Washington State headed to the other Washington (D.C.) on June 8 to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff made crucial asks: – AARP volunteer State President Mike Tucker and AARP State Director Doug Shadel asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, …

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— The Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) invites you to attend an upcoming free workshop by the Social Security Administration.  “Social Security 101” will be held on Monday, July 18 at the Tukwila Community Center.  Attendees will learn about the following: – Retirement Benefits and Eligibility Requirements – What Early Retirement Does To Your Benefits – How do you qualify for Disability, Survivor, and Spouse Benefits – How to use your my Social Security Online Account and other Online Services – …

Char Tait, left, speaks with resident Geraldine Brooks at the Regency Manor in Chelan. Photo by Don Seabrook/Wenatchee World

— By Vanessa Ho When Char Tait’s mother was living in long-term care facilities, Tait was grateful for the volunteer ombudsmen who visited her mother and helped explain her legal rights as a resident. “It gave her a voice she didn’t think she had,” said Tait, who lives in the Chelan County town of Manson. The experience inspired Tait to volunteer as an ombudsman in 2011. Now 69, Tait spends six to eight hours a week visiting a handful of long-term …

SCHOOL SUPPLES

— LEGO bricks as works of art? You can see for yourself, using your AARP discount to visit “The Art of the Brick” exhibit at Pacific Science Center in Seattle through Sept. 11. Named one of CNN’s top 10 global must-see exhibitions, artist Nathan Sawaya’s exhibit features a critically acclaimed collection of creations made exclusively from LEGOs. As the world’s largest display of LEGOs, the collection includes original artwork along with interpretations of Leonardo’s Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s The Starry …