— The AARP HomeFit program was developed to educate attendees on how to navigate all living spaces independently to allow them to remain in their own homes as they age.  Participants receive information on how to easily evaluate their own home for “livability” should they themselves or one of their family members become unable to use stairs, or must rely on assistive devices. It is designed help individuals plan for independence, choice, and dignity as they age. At the event you …

— http:// With the opioid crisis affecting many Arkansans, sometimes we do not consider ways we may individually help address this issue. Individuals who have expired medications, especially pain medications, in their homes are one of the most unintentional facilitators of prescription drug abuse. AARP wanted to provide an opportunity to inform individuals of ways they may keep their families safe from addiction. Monday, April 22nd, AARP Arkansas will host a showing of the documentary film Chasing the Dragon at the …

— AARP has a goal to protect vulnerable adults and provide their caregivers with the tools necessary to make important decisions. When an older adult plans for the future, they often consider what would happen if they develop difficulty in making decisions.  For instance, this might happen if they have a disease that is progressive and could affect their ability to think clearly. AARP supports caregivers and encourages people to use the least restrictive option.  We can think about it as …

— AARP released its Grandparents Today National Survey highlighting the latest trends among grandparents in the United States. Since 2001 the number of grandparents has grown by 24 percent from 56 million to 70 million. The research found that grandparents spend an average of $2,562 annually on their grandchildren, equaling approximately $179 billion dollars per year. The youngest grandparent is about 38 years old, with 50 being the average age of becoming a first-time grandparent. The research found that grandparents have, …

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— AARP released its Grandparents Today National Survey highlighting the latest trends among grandparents in the United States. Since 2001 the number of grandparents has grown by 24 percent from 56 million to 70 million. The research found that grandparents spend an average of $2,562 annually on their grandchildren, equaling approximately $179 billion dollars per year. The youngest grandparent is about 38 years old, with 50 being the average age of becoming a first-time grandparent. The research found that grandparents have, …

— Welcome to the homepage for the AARP Washington State Podcast. Our podcast focuses on health, wealth & self, and how we can make life after age 50 the best years of our lives. Hosted by AARP’s Bruce Carlson You can find us on iTunes and subscribe here. Or you can listen through any podcast app. Just search for “AARP Washington State Podcast”. And don’t forget to check out AARP’s national podcasts, such as The Perfect Scam, a weekly podcast from …

— If you’re not currently a caregiver, you likely will be one in the future or need the help of a caregiver yourself at some point in your life. This year AARP North Dakota is hosting a series of caregiving telephone town halls to help support North Dakota family caregivers. If you missed our first telephone town hall on March 12, you can watch and listen to it here. We covered three main topic areas: what resources are available to caregivers …

— By Sue Lindsey Carol Downs treasures her collection of pottery. But at age 80, she knows that the day is coming when she will have to part with it. “My daughter recently said to me, ‘Mom, when you move out of this house, I don’t want any of your pottery. I know you love it, but it doesn’t mean the same thing to me,’ ” said Downs, of Alexandria, AARP Virginia’s volunteer president. It’s a theme older people hear from adult …

— To help residents get a jump on post-work preparations, AARP Alaska is offering free Secure Your Future workshops in Fairbanks. Workshops at the Fairbanks Airport La Quinta Inn (4920 Dale Road) will discuss the ins and outs of Medicare—including enrollment, coverage and costs—and financial security, such as investment fundamentals, public-employee retirement, insurance and Social Security basics. Financial advisers will offer four financial-security sessions, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., after the Saturday, May 11, Medicare workshop. The Alaska Medicare Information …

— During tax season, fraudsters ramp up their scams, so it’s a good time for consumers to focus on protecting themselves from identity theft. A key safeguard is the proper disposal of sensitive documents, including personal information used for filing taxes. AARP Utah is partnering with Shred-it to help keep people’s personal details from falling into the wrong hands. Free shredding will be offered Saturday, May 11, in Utah County. Up to 10 boxes per car will be accepted from 9 …