— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. A shred event will be held from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Metro Center Mall, located at 3645 U.S. 80 in Jackson. A fraud prevention workshop will start at 11 a.m. that day at Metro Center Mall. Another shred event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on …

— RALEIGH – As part of an initiative to help curb fraud and identity theft that target older North Carolinians, AARP is pleased to announce a new top volunteer position it is working to fill.  AARP’s Fraud Prevention Impact Leader will work with AARP North Carolina Executive Council members and other volunteers to develop and implement a statewide fraud prevention plan and extend AARP Fraud Watch Network programs and advocacy across the state. Fraud and identity theft continue to be growing …

— AARP Ambassador Regina Belle visited Philadelphia recently to honor African American women entrepreneurs and community activists. Celebrating the life of one of America’s most unsung icons and advocate for economic equality, Madam CJ Walker, Belle proudly participated in the 32nd Annual Madame CJ Walker Awards Luncheon & Economic Empowerment Seminar sponsored by AARP PA. “I’m so honored that AARP considered me to be a part of this auspicious event,” said Belle. The gregarious Grammy Award winning vocalist and advocate performed …

— Juggling is Difficult When You Are Always Looking Over Your Shoulder So many issues, so little time.  It’s a common refrain at the State Capitol in Harrisburg (or in Washington, DC for that matter).  Pennsylvania’s elected leaders have completed their hearings on the Commonwealth’s 2018-19 budget and now need to finalize state spending.  But there are numerous other issues they have also vowed to consider in this two year session of the General Assembly, and even though it’s only April …

— SeniorLAW Center and AARP to Leverage Pro Bono Legal Services to Improve Lives of Older Pennsylvanians Former PA Secretary of Aging Leads Innovative Partnership PHILADELPHIA, PA— AARP Pennsylvania and Philadelphia’s SeniorLAW Center today announced a new partnership that will use the power of the city’s most prominent law firms to advocate for issues impacting the lives of older adults. The Pro Bono Action for Community Impact in Pennsylvania, a SeniorLAW Center and AARP Partnership, will leverage pro bono partnerships with …

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— Kentucky Retirees Pay More State Taxes in 2019 In the final hours of Kentucky’s 2018 General Assembly, AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to hear the voices of Kentuckians and take action to protect retirees. The state office is calling on the General Assembly and Governor Bevin to reject any tax increase on retirement income and restore deductions for medical expenses. AARP Kentucky released a statement calling on the General Assembly and Governor Bevin to reject any changes to the state’s …

—   Commitment to meet AARP, WHO guidelines will help residents of all ages Boston – AARP National Board President Eric J. Schneidewind today presented Governor Charlie Baker with an official certification welcoming Massachusetts into the AARP network of Age-Friendly States and the World Health Organization Global Network of Age Friendly Cities and Communities. Governor Baker accepted the award in front of 200 attendees at AARP’s annual volunteer meeting in Framingham. “We are delighted to acknowledge the commitment of Massachusetts to …

— Join our AARP Massachusetts Advocacy Coffee Hours at the State House! In addition to our community outreach and local workshops and presentations that we offer, legislative advocacy is another huge part of what we do at AARP Massachusetts. Our advocacy, for example, resulted in passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act in Massachusetts, a huge benefit for the state’s 844K family caregivers. Our legislative advocacy efforts are already full-steam ahead! Our two key legislative priorities for AARP members and …

— Doral, Fla. – A global leader of a movement to make cities livable for people of all ages will weigh in Thursday on how Miami could redesign itself, thanks to AARP Florida and the Miami Downtown Development Authority. Author and livability expert Gil Penelosa, founder and chair of the board of 8 80 Cities, will speak at a luncheon about the importance of creating a more youth and age-friendly Miami and the importance of intergenerational open spaces, such as parks. …

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—  Survey: Medicare Beneficiaries at Risk from Card-Replacement Scams TALLAHASSEE – As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Florida and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Florida is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. Florida’s 4.33 million …