— 50 Years of Remembrance¬† This Black History Month, AARP honors the many contributions of African Americans who have contributed so much to the legacy of this country. ¬†This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., a prominent leader of the Civil Rights Movement, which that same year also led to the Civil Rights Act of 1968, to prevent discrimination and provide equal housing opportunities regardless of race, religion, or national origin. ¬†We remember with …

— New York State has long been home to some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the nation. New York‚Äôs ethnic communities‚ÄĒprimarily comprised of African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino populations are not only growing, but also aging at a rapid pace. Given these changing demographics, AARP convened thought leaders, elected officials and leading organizations that serve New York‚Äôs ethnic communities to launch a multi-year effort to identify disparities that exist among their ethnic 50-plus communities and develop an …

AARP will be fighting for 50+ Marylanders in Annapolis in 2018

—   x January 2018 summary:¬†The first few weeks of the 2018 Legislative Session are now in the rear view mirror! More than 1,200 bills were introduced in the House and Senate in January and AARP Maryland is reviewing them now. Our advocacy director has noted many of this year’s bills center around health and retirement savings, as well as utility bills related to broadband. Our Delegation Fridays in Annapolis have been a huge success, and we’ve gotten to meet some …

— En Espa√Īol.¬† AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn‚Äôt have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. In January 2018, we reached that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation took effect. Here are five things you should know about New York‚Äôs Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid family leave? Under a …

— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing real possibilities to your community.¬† Join us at our free informative workshops where you can learn about caregiving, Brain Health, identifying frauds, and more.¬† Socialize with other AARP members at our lunch and dinner groups, free movie screenings and other events. Get connected with many community partner organizations that provide unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to …

—   Friday, February 23, 2018:¬† Frauds and Scams Forum for Seniors 2:30 ‚Äď 4:00 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive Please join us for an informative session about how to prevent and respond to fraud and scams targeting seniors.¬† Dr. Sheri Gibson, Clinical Geropsychology, will lead a panel of local, state and national experts to address this very serious issue. To register, call (970) 498-7790 or email ADRC@larimer.org   Tuesday, February 27, 2018:¬† Caregiving Workshop-Age By …

4 States

— There are only two weeks left in the 2018 South Dakota legislative session but our work in Pierre is not done! With your help, House Bill (HB) 1204, the Uniform Power of Attorney Act, passed in the House of Representatives by a 42-21 vote and moves over to the Senate for consideration. HB 1204 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Judiciary committee on Tuesday (February 27) and we expect similar opposition to what we faced in the House.¬† …

— Wednesday, January 3rd, the members of the¬† Missouri General Assembly called themselves into session. Many issues face them this year including a looming budget deficit and many Missourians still without access to prescription drug assistance through the MO Rx Program or Home and Community Based Services through the Missouri Medicaid Program, known as MO HealthNet. Check this webpage on Fridays for weekly updates.¬† AARP Missouri is working for you in Jeff City!   House CARE Act Referred to Committee House …

— Beginning April 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing NEW Medicare cards to all people with Medicare health insurance.¬† CMS, Delaware’s Division of Health and Social Services, with other statewide partners, will be presenting information about this and many other services available to Delaware residents with Medicare. Mark your calendar, and bring a friend: DATE:¬† ¬† ¬†Thursday March 8, 2018 TIME:¬† ¬† ¬† 9:00 ‚Äď 11:30 AM LOCATION:¬† ¬† ¬†Newark Senior Center, 200 White …

— By: Bill Shapard, SoonerPoll.com The rising cost of prescription drugs is not a new story. But as continuing efforts to lower prices have had little effect, states including Oklahoma are starting to take matters into their own hands.¬† And, according to the most recent SoonerPoll, Oklahoma likely voters overwhelmingly want their state legislature to take action. Currently, U.S. law bans people from buying most prescription drugs from Canada, even if they are just as safe and effective as those bought …

— by Micah Festerly, Management and Program Analyst in Taxpayer Outreach, Partnership and Education with the IRS AARP Foundation is in the thick of helping people prepare and file their taxes through their Tax-Aide program, but this program is designed for people who are low-to-mid income with relatively uncomplicated tax issues.¬† What to do if you need to hire someone to sort through all of your income, deductions, expenses, and more?¬† The IRS has these tips to help you choose a …

— The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers of a quickly growing scam involving erroneous tax refunds being deposited into their bank accounts. The IRS also offered a step-by-step explanation for how to return the funds and avoid being scammed. Following up on a Security Summit alert issued Feb. 2, the IRS issued this additional warning about the new scheme after discovering more tax practitioners‚Äô computer files have been breached. In addition, the number of potential taxpayer victims jumped from a …

AARP MA Local Offers

— The arts scene in Boston and surrounding communities across the state is among the best anywhere when it comes to world-class museums, theatre, ballet, as well as other cultural and sporting events. We’ve worked with area venues from Boston to Worcester to New Bedford and places in between, to bring terrific offers on cultural events to AARP members and their guests. ¬†Take a look at what’s coming up, and keep checking back here often as new events are always being …

— Are you up to speed on the rules of the road? Brush up on your driving skills by taking an AARP Driver Safety course. The four-hour course is available at numerous locations throughout Massachusetts. All classroom courses are taught by trained AARP volunteers, who are your peers.     By taking an AARP Driver Safety course, you will learn: Current traffic laws The safest ways to change lanes and turn at intersections How to maintain proper following distance How to …

— Voluntary ‚ÄúSecure Choice‚ÄĚ Program Would Allow Businesses to Offer Workplace Savings Option, Provide Employees Easy Way to Save ALBANY, N.Y. ‚Äď AARP today launched an advertising campaign touting a proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo that would make it easier for New Yorkers to save for their retirement and urging state legislators to make the proposal part of the final state budget. The TV, digital and print ads running in media outlets from Long Island to Buffalo urge support for ‚ÄúSecure …

— Jackson Mayor Derek Dobies mentioned during his State of the City address on Feb. 20 that the city and AARP Michigan will partner in the months ahead to make Jackson an age-friendly city. Among more than two dozen programs and initiatives highlighted in his speech, Dobies said Jackson is working with AARP to make Jackson attractive and accessible to people of all ages. “We will also work with local and state leaders at AARP to make ¬†Jackson certified as an …