— Please join us at these free workshops to learn more about dementia caregiving from several community resources and keynote speaker, Paul Raia, who has been directing patient care and family support at the Alzheimer’s Association for over 30 years.   Overcoming Inertia: Essential Conversations for Family Caregivers Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield Register online * Complimentary dinner served at 6 p.m.; Program starts at 6:30 p.m. Behavioral Sleuthing: Uncovering …

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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

— Meet new friends and have fun while staying healthy as part of Roanoke’s newest walking group. We are moving forward! Walking is a terrific way to keep your body and mind healthy, meet new friends and enjoy the beautiful weather as we transition from spring into summer.  That’s why AARP Virginia has partnered with a local chapter of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) to start a weekly walking group in Roanoke. The walking group is scheduled to meet for four consecutive …

— Starting next April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin issuing Medicare cards that do not display Social Security numbers. New beneficiaries will get the modernized cards first, and then new cards will be issued to existing beneficiaries. This change presents an opening to scammers. If you get a call claiming to be from Medicare asking you to confirm your Social Security number for the new card, this is a scam! It is also a scam if you …

— Annual event provides full battery of free health screenings and preventative educational programs available to tribal members as well as entire community The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes in collaboration with AARP Montana and other community partners, have joined forces to host the annual Women 4 Wellness health fair on Thursday, May 18, at 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Joe McDonald Event Center on the Salish Kootenai College campus. The greatly-anticipated and much-appreciated event draws thousands of women …

— AARP Massachusetts, in collaboration with the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, invites all to attend Your Health, Your Body, Your Self, a free, healthy-living event in Roxbury on Saturday, June 3, 2017. The event includes a complimentary breakfast. We’re also pleased to have Dr. Joseph Coughlin, director, MIT AgeLab, and serves on the AARP Board of Directors, serving as the event’s keynote speaker. The first 100 attendees will receive a copy of the new AARP book, Your Body: Secrets to Living Longer, Better …

— AARP volunteer speakers are fanning out across Oahu and Hawaii island this week to talk about financial issues ranging from fraud to social security and preparing for retirement. It’s part of the Hawaii Public Library’s Money Smart Week, an annual event promoting financial literacy. Every year the public libraries work with AARP’s Speakers Bureau to find speakers for community meetings at the library. AARP speakers are available to talk on a variety of topics from fraud prevention and retirement strategy …

— As you may have heard, Congress is quietly trying to revive its failed health care bill – and it’s getting worse than before. They’re cutting deals to let the big insurance companies charge you even more. It starts with an age tax. If you’re 50 or older, they can charge you five times more than everyone else. Up to $13,000 more per year. At AARP, the battle against the age tax and other provisions in a health care bill continues …

— May is mental health awareness month, you may or may not know that 1 in 5 individuals in the U.S. suffers from a mental health condition. Unfortunately many more experience symptoms of conditions such as depression, anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder and don’t ever seek help. There is a local nonprofit in Denver working to change the stigma surrounding mental illness, in fact the Colorado Mental Wellness Network (The Network) is comprised of individuals who live with these conditions and …

— Act your age. Has anyone ever told you that and how do you answer if you’re 50 or older? AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins believes you shouldn’t fall for stereotypes about how people 50+ should act. That’s why she wrote her best-selling book “Disrupt Aging.” The book is about changing the way we think about getting older. We all age every day and that’s way better than the alternative. We’re living longer, healthier and more productive lives so growing older …