— By Vanessa Ho The 88-year-old man, an Italian immigrant, got an urgent call from his grandson saying he was in jail and needed bail right away. The man quickly wired $2,000. Then he learned the caller wasn’t his grandson but a scammer who preyed on his emotions and even called him Nonno, Italian for grandfather. “It was cruel,” said Valerie Laidlaw, 63, of Mercer Island, a volunteer with the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center who counseled the victim. The …

— Over 100,000 people in Washington state live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and that number continues to grow. For many people with memory loss, social stigma and barriers to inclusion can lead to shame, fear, and isolation. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We recognize that people with memory loss are a vital part of our communities, retain remarkable strengths and stories, and deserve the right to fully participate. Here in Washington state, we’re joining the worldwide …

— By Janet Lam-Rogers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteer It’s that time of year again.  Millions of low- to moderate- income people, especially those 50 and older, could use some help preparing their taxes. Volunteers for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are ready to help make sure you get all the deductions and credits you deserve. We help people in our own communities with a much-needed service that’s free, individualized, and has no strings attached. Starting February 1, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide free …

— By Dana E. Neuts This summer, Seattle became the 104th locality in the nation to be part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The designation reflects the city’s shifting demographics and renewed commitment to the needs of older residents. “This is a city that’s changing and has an influx of young folks, but it is also a city that continues to have an influx of people like myself who are aging,” said Mayor Ed Murray, 61. “It’s exciting to …

— By Leila Davis Our Spokane Chapter 384 continues to grow and new members are always welcome. We, the Board, are so privileged to have such awesome membership. Since 2015, our commitment has been to donate food to Second Harvest Food Bank.  During the year 2016, a total of 1,245 pounds of food was collected from our members. Our membership is provided updated information on many important Legislative dates and events. Each meeting features a speaker providing interesting and informative topics …

— Come see some of the newest and best artistic and culturally significant films from around the world, May 19 – June 12, 2016 in Seattle. Discover new cultures and hear the film directors’ on-location experiences. SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States, with more than 150,000 people attending each year. The 25-day event is also the region’s most accessible and critically acclaimed festival, renowned for presenting over 400 features, short films and documentaries gathered from over 80 …

— By Dana E. Neuts Theresa Stringer, 75, and her husband, Edward, 80, of Forks, have been taking the Dungeness Line from Port Angeles to Seattle for doctors’ appointments for 10 years. Edward, an amputee with Parkinson’s disease, uses a wheelchair, but with the help of trained drivers and a lift-equipped bus, he is able to make the three-hour trip to Seattle safely. Because the Stringers no longer drive, the Dungeness Line is a convenient, affordable way to travel. Instead of …

— Identity theft is a growing problem. Two years ago, 17.6 million Americans 16 and older were victims, according to the U.S. Justice Department. You can prevent having your identity stolen and your personal information misused by keeping it secure, and AARP and Boeing Employees Credit Union (BECU) are teaming up to help. Bring your personal documents or used electronics to an AARP-BECU shredding event in the Seattle area on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mobile shredding …

— AARP Washington and more than 40 other advocacy and community service services organizations that advocate and serve thousands of older adults in King County and the State of Washington are deeply concerned that United Way’s new funding priorities will no longer include investments in programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities. United Way has traditionally played an “umbrella” role for human services in King County. Older adults have always been part of that umbrella for the past 50 …

— When former music teacher Pat Gray decided to retire, she imagined a life of leisure.  Instead, Pat heard a different calling from her local community in Kent and it resulted in a Life Reimagined. Pat started KentHOPE, a day shelter for homeless women and their children. The facility hosts an average of 30 women and children each day and offers three substantial meals a day, showers, laundry facilities, clothing, computers with internet access, health care, life skills classes, advocacy and hope. “It’s a thing I …