— Last year, 13.1 million Americans were the victims of identity theft- that is one person victimized every 2 seconds. That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding trucks for free disposal. AARP and BECU members can safely destroy documents containing sensitive and personal information, as well as recycle unwanted TVs, computers, computer monitors, laptops and cell phones on Saturday, October 21.. Bring your documents and electronics to locations …

— 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 …

— The following article is reprinted from a recent Bellingham At Home newsletter. BAH is a non-profit membership organization modeled on the many successful villages now operating across the country that empower older adults to stay active and engaged while living in their own homes and neighborhoods.  It is a program of the Whatcom Council on Aging.   Spotlight on Marian Yunghans Reprinted with permission from “Bellingham At Home” At heart, says educator, writer, and volunteer Marian Yunghans, “I’m an activist. …

— What is the Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace? The Washington State Legislature recently passed the Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace. It is a market-based approach to make it easier and less expensive for small businesses to offer retirement savings options to their employees. Employers with fewer than 100 employees, including sole proprietors and self-employed individuals, will have access to a “marketplace” of private retirement plan options for their employees to help them take charge of their financial future. Participation in …

— Join us for AARP Washington’s Day in Olympia on February 14th. We’ll meet in the Columbia Room on the ground floor of the Capitol for a discussion of the issues of concern to Washingtonians age 50+ and talk about how to take action in the Legislative session. Hear from legislators, AARP staff and volunteers, and special guests. You’ll also have an opportunity to meet with your state lawmakers. Plus a free lunch is part of the event! If you are …

— 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, …

— Join experts from AARP, FINRA and financial regulatory agencies for a free investor education seminar. Come to a FREE lunch and presentation and interact with financial experts.  They will explore topics such as: -How behavioral biases and emotions impact your financial decisions -Ways to make your money last -How to spot the red flags in financial scams -Steps you can take to achieve greater financial security There is no charge for the program or refreshments.  This is an educational program–no …

— AARP members are invited to a special live telephone town hall meeting with Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday, February 16.  We will talk about the state legislative session and a series of initiatives to help ensure that people age with dignity and purpose including long term care, Medicaid expansion, the Alzheimer’s state plan and caregiving.  After the Governor, two legislators will talk about the CARE Act, a bill to support family caregivers. The format is like a radio talk show, …