— The New Hampshire Senior Leadership Program is now taking applications for the 2018 class.  A collaboration among AARP New Hampshire, Center on Aging and Community Living at UNH , and Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging, the program is designed for older adults, caregivers, family members and friends who want to advocate for older adults in New Hampshire.  Application deadline is February 23. Members of the 2018 class should represent diverse backgrounds, ages and geographic regions of the state.  Participants …

— As I reflect on the accomplishments of AARP DC’s dynamic team of volunteers and staff in 2017, I am proud of our ability to make an impact in the lives of the 50+ residents in the midst of re-establishing a larger identity with the relocation of the AARP District of Columbia State Office to Southeast. This year, we… Amplified the voices of older adults Volunteers and staff listened to the feedback and concerns of more than 200 DC residents at …

— Interested in hearing about the legislative issues AARP DC is tracking for older adults in the District? Want to know more about what’s going on at the local advocacy level, and how you can get involved? Join AARP DC for a live discussion of what’s happening in the DC City Council! When: Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 3:00PM Where: Go to the AARP DC Facebook page to view the live stream! What: Questions are welcome! Simply enter your question in the …

— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act went into effect as state law on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017! Every day more than 844,000 Massachusetts residents help their parents, spouses or loved ones live independently at home. These family caregivers take on huge responsibilities that can be stressful, exhausting and overwhelming. In 2015 in Massachusetts, family caregivers provided an estimated 786 million hours of unpaid care valued at approximately $11.6 billion annually. The CARE Act supports family …

— By Claudia Clifford, AARP Montana Advocacy Director With a looming budget crisis, state leaders are proposing deep budget cuts, which could result in a significant loss of funding for senior services. Not only are programs like hospice and home care services in jeopardy, but Big Sky Rx is on the chopping block as well. In a time of skyrocketing costs of prescription drugs, now is not the time to eliminate Big Sky Rx. We need Montanans from across the state …

—   En Español.  AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. And beginning in January, we will reach that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation takes effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s upcoming Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid …

— English Esta primavera AARP publicó datos que revelaron los planes financieros de los californianos de la  Gen X y los Baby Boomers y los medios de los que disponen para su futuro financiero. La encuesta, titulada “California Soñando…o Luchando: Seguridad Financiera de la Generacion X y los Baby Boomer,” revela que en su mayor parte los californianos no están listos para la jubilación; y si bien siguen siendo optimistas, muchos luchan con problemas de acceso a  vivienda y la dificultad de …

— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing you real possibilities to your community. We host informative workshops on how to modify your home for easy living, the ABCs of Aging and how you can make your voice heard in Washington. We also work in partnership with many community organizations to connect you to unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to you and your family. Our …

— Thursday, November 16: Personal Enrichment: Beginning Crocket, 6 – 8 PM – Metro State University Come explore the many wonders of crochet in a relaxed environment!  Learn how to read patterns, work beginner stitches and finish off a project.  Students will leave with a completed project, extra yarn an lot of ideas! Register here and  select Andrus2017 at registration type on online registration page,  or call 303-556-8320 and request state “Andrus2017” or email learnon@msudenver.edu with class name and state “Andrus2017” AARP Members …

— In recognition of her work during the 2017 Regular Texas Legislative Session, state Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) was presented today a Texas Legislative Achievement Award from AARP Texas. Senator Zaffirini sponsored and fought for legislation to strengthen guardianship oversight in Texas. Senate Bill 39 and other legislation authored by Senator Zaffirini will help courts protect some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens. “Guardians are essentially financial caregivers,” said AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson. “As with other caregivers, they play a …

— We are encouraging AARP members in North Dakota to sign up to receive email from AARP North Dakota about upcoming events and other news. Go to http://www.aarp.org/yes2emailND. If you don’t already have an account on the AARP website, you’ll have to create one (by entering a user name and password) before you can opt in to receive our email. You’ll receive emails about upcoming events such as lunch and learns, Movies for Grownups, and free document shredding. We’ll also periodically …

— AARP is proud to announce our fourth annual bipartisan class of Capitol Caregivers, state leaders who fought to increase support for family caregivers and their loved ones, said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President. AARP’s 2017 class of Capitol Caregivers recognizes 91 state legislators, five governors, one lieutenant governor, and one justice from more than 30 states. Among those honored are Michigan lawmakers Sen. James Marleau, R-Lake Orion and Rep. Ed Canfield, R-Sebewaing. Marleau chairs the Senate Appropriations Health and …

— Join AARP Virginia and the McLean Community: A Village for All Ages (McLeanCVA) for lunch at Mylo’s Grill in McLean! Join us at Mylo’s Grill on January 29th to enjoy lunch together with other AARP and McLeanCVA members and their guests. Enjoy a 15% discount on the entire check. Full menu ordering is available. There will not be a seminar or program, and no products will be promoted or sold—just casual fun with other members like you in McLean. Come …

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— Join us for a one-hour Q&A style call with AARP’s Senior Vice President for Campaigns, John Hishta.  John will be discussing the status of the critically important tax reform legislation being debated on the Hill as well as share a look at what’s ahead for Congress in 2018.  As always, you are invited to share your questions and comments either on  the call or ahead of time. Please mark your calendar for this conversation:   Date:  Thursday, December 14 Time: …

— As you head out for last-minute holiday shopping, leave the debit card at home. Consumer protection experts recommend using credit cards to protect against fraud and theft. With credit cards, you are liable for only up to $50 of fraudulent use, and most credit card companies will waive this fee. In the case of a lost or stolen debit card, financial losses to the consumer can be much more significant. Call your bank for details. Be a fraud fighter!  If …

— AARP Foundation Draws Attention to Social Isolation and Offers Resources at Connect2Affect FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2017 CONTACT: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org @AARPMedia WASHINGTON, DC—A survey released today by AARP Foundation finds that people are feeling good about spending time with friends and family this holiday season, with many survey respondents noting that they are feeling happy (67%), loved (47%), joyful (46%) and excited (44%). Yet the same survey also finds that three-in-ten respondents (31%) say they have felt …

— Join AARP Nebraska on January 16th, 2018 for a presentation on the “Past and Present Hastings”.  The one hour presentation will begin at 1:00 PM and speaker, Elizabeth Spilinek, will take questions after the presentation. Spilinek is the Executive Director of Adams County Society and will use her knowledge of Hastings’ architecture to tell the story of the people, places and events that shaped Hastings. Light refreshments will be served. Address: Hastings Library, 314 N Denver Ave RSVP is required …

— Are you buying gift cards this holiday season? Consider this. Thieves hit store gift card racks, secretly write down or scan the numbers off the cards, then check online or call the toll-free number to see if someone has bought the cards and activated them. As soon as a card is active, the scammers drain the funds. By the time your gift recipient tries to use the card, the money is long gone. Be a fraud fighter! If you can …

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— December is a critical month for charities to raise money. In fact, nearly one third of annual giving occurs in December. Scammers are well aware of this and are out in full force looking to line their own pockets as the year draws to an end. South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley “encourages South Dakotans to continue to give to those less fortunate, but to follow these precautions to ensure [the] donation is going to the cause for which it is …