AARP launches 2018 voter engagement campaign

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-14T19:39:14+00:00">May 14, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

AARP has launched “Be The Difference. Vote™,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support Americans age 50-plus as they vote in the 2018 midterm elections. The campaign will provide information on where politicians stand on the issues and help these decisive voters hold politicians accountable for their positions this November. AARP’s effort will seek to get the largest possible turnout of 50-plus voters at the polls in the general election in November. It will also work to ensure issues of …

Help Available for Struggling Homeowners

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-14T19:00:23+00:00">May 14, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

Are you a homeowner who is concerned about the cost of home maintenance or repairs? Are you worried about paying your property taxes or where you will find the funds to accommodate increasing costs on a fixed income? Are you finding it difficult to keep up with your mortgage payment? You are not alone. About 29% of senior homeowners in Washington are “cost-burdened,” which means they spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs. The good news …

Stretch Your Limits at the Washington State Senior Games

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-05-11T15:14:39+00:00">May 11, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-11T15:17:15+00:00">May 11, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

When the heat of competition subsides, the warmth of friendship takes over.  You never know when you’ll see a hundred-year-old man throw the shot put. Or a ninety-year-old woman earn several gold medals swimming all day. From all over the Pacific Northwest, men and women age 50 or more come to the greater Olympia area each summer to test their strength, endurance and skills at the Washington State Senior Games. Attracting nearly 2,000 athletes, the Games have created an annual …

Nominate Your Community Hero Today!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-08T18:49:41+00:00">May 8, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Washington Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Washingtonians 50 and better who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. We know that you have seen and experienced the impact that a dedicated, caring and experienced volunteer can have on lives, programs, communities, and society. This is an opportunity to recognize that impact and to let an outstanding volunteer know their service is valued. …

Do You Have a Handle on Your Digital Identity?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-29T13:17:00+00:00">April 29, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-11T13:17:48+00:00">May 11, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

In an age of data breaches and sophisticated identity thieves, protecting your digital information is more important than ever. According to the California-based Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, there were over 738 data breaches in 2017 exposing more than 2-billion individual’s records. In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. And while identity thieves are busy sharing and selling our personal information online, a new state survey from AARP shows Washington consumers are falling further behind in the battle …

Volunteers Needed for Bite of Seattle July 20 to July 22

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-19T17:40:00+00:00">April 19, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-22T19:18:07+00:00">May 22, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

AARP Washington is seeking volunteers to work our booth at this year’s Bite of Seattle, July 20-22. Our area will feature several activities that are fun for all ages.  Event goers can burn off some calories by taking a spin at our bike station; get a fake tattoo; play augmented reality games; and visit our photo booth. With all this action going on, we need volunteers to help everything run smoothly.  Each shift is 4 hours and includes food tickets …

Saving for the Future Just Got Easier for Washingtonians

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-17T20:52:01+00:00">April 17, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

By Cathy MacCaul, AARP Washington Advocacy Director A new retirement savings initiative has launched in Washington. The Retirement Marketplace officially opened the nation’s first online savings portal in March, where businesses and individuals can comparison shop for low-cost, state-verified retirement savings plans. The Retirement Marketplace at www.retirementmarketplace.com was created to help approximately 2 million Washingtonians who do not have access to retirement savings plans through their workplace. We know a secure retirement is out of reach for millions of Americans, especially those …

Seattle’s Safest Driver: Changing Behavior for the Better

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-13T18:29:48+00:00">April 13, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-13T19:13:31+00:00">April 13, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

What does it take to change behavior behind the wheel? Well, apparently an app that tracks your every move. Friendly competition and cash prizes don’t hurt either. In November 2017, the Seattle Department of Transportation kicked off an 8-week Seattle’s Safest Driver competition, in partnership with PEMCO Insurance and Cambridge Mobile Telematics. The goal was to improve driver behavior and increase awareness of Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. In …

AARP Washington Announces 2018 Community Challenge Grant Program Now Accepting Applications

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-03-22T18:23:05+00:00">March 22, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-05T17:02:31+00:00">April 5, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

[SEATTLE, WA] — AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for all ages. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities.  Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case …

Nation’s first online Retirement Marketplace launches in Washington

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-20T18:52:03+00:00">March 20, 2018</time> by AARP Washington

OLYMPIA, WA – The Washington State Department of Commerce today announced the nation’s first online portal where businesses and individuals can comparison shop for low-cost, state-verified retirement savings plans. The Retirement Marketplace at www.retirementmarketplace.com  was created to help approximately 2 million Washingtonians who do not have access to retirement savings plans through the workplace. About 131,000 Washington businesses, most of them small businesses, don’t offer retirement plans to employees. Small businesses struggle to offer retirement savings plans because of their …