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— Curious about what’s ahead for AARP in 2018? Join AARP’s volunteer call on Jan. 11, to hear the latest!  There’s no doubt that 2018 will be a busy year for AARP and its talented teams of volunteers – especially with the activities in Congress and the Administration. You are invited to join our first volunteer conference call of 2018 on January 11th to hear about AARP’s 2018 priorities from Nancy LeaMond, Executive VP of the Community, State and National Affairs …

— Join AARP in Wichita for a free screening of Only the Brave starring Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Taylor Kitsch and Jennifer Connelly. Based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, Only the Brave is the heroic story of one unit of local firefighters that through hope, determination, sacrifice, and the drive to protect families, communities, and our country become one of the most elite firefighting teams in the nation. The film has been rated PG-13 by the MPAA for thematic …

— Investors seeking services from a professional financial advisor will benefit from a new free online tool, AARP Interview an Advisor™, launched by AARP and the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA). The new resource is designed to take the guesswork and mystery out of the process of interviewing and hiring a financial advisor. It walks the user through a short series of suggested questions to ask a financial professional as part of the process of the hiring decision. Included are …

— AARP New Hampshire is accepting applications for the 2018 class of its Senior Leadership Program. The goal of the eight-month program is to train state residents age 50-plus as leaders who will advocate on behalf of their peers. Twenty-five participants will be selected, based on their motivation to become active in policymaking and systems change. They will be required to attend five meetings in Concord, Manchester, Plymouth and Lebanon between April and November. All expenses for lodging, meals and materials …

— AARP Missouri is hosting computer classes in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas throughout 2018. The topics include online safety, Microsoft operating systems, how to use a smartphone or tablet, and social media. Technology is continually changing, and these classes can help Missourians learn how to use online tools to interact with family and friends, find a job and conduct personal business. The classes are free to AARP members and their guests, but registration is required. For more information …

— By Jill Gambon During her 35 years working for the Social Security Administration, Louise Myers witnessed the impact the program has had on people’s lives. As a retiree, Myers wants to make sure Social Security remains intact. That’s one reason she’s a volunteer advocate with AARP Massachusetts. “I am a firm believer in keeping Social Security protected,” said Myers, of North Chelmsford. “I saw that my voice could be heard through AARP advocacy work.” Myers is one of about a …

— Building on the success of its previous fraud prevention efforts, AARP Minnesota is recruiting volunteers to expand the AARP Fraud Watch Network into rural parts of the state. Volunteers receive training to learn how Minnesotans can protect themselves from the latest scams. They may observe or team up with more experienced speakers as they learn. They also participate in monthly calls to stay up to date. The workshops include recordings from FBI sting operations, so participants can hear con artists …

— By Sue Lindsey Joyce Williams did not expect her experience as an educator to lead to helping feed older residents in need during winter, but that’s exactly what happened. A retired principal of William Byrd Middle School in Roanoke County, Williams, 71, began to volunteer with a program called Soup for Seniors a few years ago and was quickly put on the planning committee. The 11-year-old program, which has strong community support, last year served 525 Meals on Wheels clients …

— By Vanessa Ho Every weekend, Mark Diimmel goes out for dinner and a movie with his sister, who often takes him to get Chinese or Italian food, or maybe burgers and a milkshake. Diimmel, 64, has schizophrenia and lives in an adult family home in Bremerton, paid for by Medicaid and Social Security. But the outings have become more difficult. Everything costs more, while his personal-needs allowance—the amount of income Diimmel is allowed to keep for himself—has remained the same, …