— By Julia Yarbough June Fisher, 84, laments that she can’t negotiate the park steps on Billy Goat Hill, one of the most beautiful walks in San Francisco. “There are no handrails on those steps,” said Fisher, a physician specializing in internal medicine and occupational health. “It’s something that I will never be able to do until they put handrails in.” At home, she has difficulty reaching cabinets, storing belongings and cooking meals. “One of my biggest problems is reaching. I’ve …

— Under a new state law, Oregonians will no longer receive unexpected medical bills for out-of-network services. Patients receiving treatment from in-network providers have often been stunned to get hefty invoices from out-of-network specialists. This was usually because an in-network doctor chose to work with an out-of-network anesthesiologist or other specialist without the patient knowing the specialist wasn’t covered by the insurance plan. AARP Oregon pressed for the law, which bars out-of-network providers from billing patients who were treated at an …

— Older drivers tend to be safe drivers. They are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to drive drunk. But is your car safe for you? AARP Louisiana, in cooperation with AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is offering CarFit checkups in New Orleans on Saturday, April 21. Using a 12-point checklist, volunteer technicians make sure each driver’s car is adjusted properly to accommodate the person’s height, vision and flexibility—characteristics that may change with age. The free …

— Check out the April AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Upcoming healthy living lunch and learns. April 16 free movie night. Details on April 21 free document shredding in Bismarck and Fargo. Locations of North Dakota Tax-Aide sites for those who need helping filing 2017 income taxes. The launch of a year-long healthy living program in Bismarck-Mandan. Information on what makes a community more livable and a grant program to help communities to become great places for all ages. Monthly legislative …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to the Spring 2018 Edition of the AARP Maine E-Newsletter! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news from around the Pine Tree state, hoping to highlight the issues of most interest to you and your family. Do you love politics and the political process? You may be one of the dozens of activists and volunteers who joined us during the legislative session …

— Volunteering with AARP can be fun and rewarding, but it’s even more fulfilling when volunteers come together and make an impact as a team.   Meet our featured volunteers and college sweethearts, Ronald and Elouise McLaughlin. The couple met at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. and had careers in education. After retirement, the two decided to get involved in their community and become volunteers for AARP Mississippi. Here is what they had to say about volunteering, working together, and AARP: …

— While the April 17 tax deadline is swiftly approaching, it’s not too late to get free tax assistance and preparation from AARP Taxi-Aide Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. Last year, 139 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 17,169 people file their federal and state tax returns in Mississippi. The program is offered at approximately …

— AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. Operation Stop Scams aims to help Mississippians in the fight against fraud. According to the latest reports on identity fraud, more than $20 billion was stolen from about 13 million victims in 2012. One common method that criminals use to gain private information is sorting through trash. Americans can reduce their risk of identity fraud by destroying all documents …

— We often think a vacation should be a trip to an exotic far-away destination, yet a true vacation is anything that allows you time away from your daily life to relax, explore new things and otherwise enjoy yourself. There’s something especially enriching about a quick trip or day away from responsibilities. So grab a friend, family member or pet – or take some time to yourself – and head out the door. There are lots of affordable options right here …

— Something exciting was happening on the upstairs floor of Rockford Brewing Co. Tuesday evening. You could feel it as soon as you stepped inside. Above the chatter of a bar room packed with 80 patrons, the Ransom Street Band blared big band sounds. Waiters and waitresses maneuvered carefully through the crowd, balancing trays of draft beers and burgers. Snippets of conversation punctuated the clamor. Well-intentioned eavesdropping revealed topics of the day: Washington politics, guns in schools, potholes, and the upcoming …