— Household budgeting, staying out of debt, saving for college, planning for retirement—Americans face financial challenges at every stage of life. AARP West Virginia is helping Mountain Staters navigate fiscal waters by hosting local events during Money Smart Week for the eighth year in a row. Organized by the Federal Reserve Bank, the multistate campaign promotes financial literacy nationwide, April 22-29. Local businesses, financial institutions, libraries, nonprofit organizations and government agencies get involved in providing financial education presentations and workshops. AARP …

— AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale offers lessons on avoiding scams and protecting against fraud and ID theft AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale — who has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for more than four decades and is one of the world’s most respected authorities on identity theft — will offer his expert knowledge to the general public at an October 25 event in Charleston, W.Va. Abagnale, who was portrayed by actor Leonardo DiCaprio in …

— Charleston, WV – In our fourth video update from the 2016 regular session of the West Virginia Legislature, House Bill 4334, which would remove barriers to primary care access by ending the overregulation of nurse practitioners, is on the move at the State Capitol; and West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha, 40th District) discusses legislative efforts to enhance protections against elder abuse and financial exploitation.   For the latest updates from the 2016 West Virginia Legislature, connect with …

— Patriots’ two-sport student athlete earns statewide honor   Nick Sanders of Parkersburg South High School has been selected as the AARP West Virginia/MetroNews Scholar Athlete of the Week for the week of September 20. A senior, Nick is a 4.25 g.p.a. honors student. He is a member of the National Technical Honor Society, and has been a three-year Principal’s List honoree at Parkersburg South. He is the son of Dave and Trish Sanders of Parkersburg. A two-way starter for Coach Mike Eddy’s …

— In response to the challenges Alzheimer’s disease presents for patients and their caregivers, the Blanchette Rockefeller Neurosciences Institute has published “Connect to Care.” The notebook aims to help caregivers manage medical appointments, medications, insurance billing and other details. AARP West Virginia is helping to distribute free copies. An estimated 44,000 West Virginians had the disease in 2010, a number expected to increase by nearly 14 percent by 2025. The state has one of the oldest populations in the country as …

WV State Capitol (Photo: AARPWV/D. Lowther)

— “Complete Streets,” enhancing retirement security and financial exploitation protections among session goals   CHARLESTON  – AARP West Virginia is focusing on state legislative action in the areas of community development, retirement security, financial exploitation issues, and home energy affordability during the 2013 WV Legislative session. AARP West Virginia staff and volunteers are maintaining a very active presence at the State Capitol throughout the 60-day session, working on behalf of nearly 300,000 members across the Mountain State. AARP is working closely with …