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Get Ready for Retirement - March 11 & April 14, 2021
For those approaching retirement, learn more about Social Security and Medicare. Attend this two-part online education session intended to help people nearing retirement make informed decisions about both programs. Speakers from the Bismarck office of the Social Security Administration and the N.D. Insurance Department will focus on how to get the most out of Social Security in retirement and the basics of Medicare. There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is required. You can participate live or view anytime.

Please register for each event separately.
Social Security Presentation
Thursday, March 11, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Medicare Presentation
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

March 17, 2021 - 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Green Healthy Cooking - A Passport to Healthy Living Event
St. Patrick’s Day is a perfect time to explore some healthy green cooking ideas with the folks from Family Wellness. Registration is full for this program; however, it will be streamed to the AARP North Dakota YouTube channel so you will be able to watch the program live, or you can watch it on demand at a time convenient for you.

April 20, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
LGBT Lounge & Learn - Explore North Dakota in a Day
Explore day trips you can take from eastern North Dakota. A representative from North Dakota Tourism will be our guide. Register here to receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and passcode. 

April 21, 2021 - 3 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Shape Up Your Lawn, Trees, and Shrubs - A Passport to Healthy Living Event
Get spring tips to ensure healthy lawns, trees and shrubs from Cass County Extension Agent Don Kinzler, who will share information and answer your questions. Register here to receive a confirmation email that will include a Zoom link for connecting to the program.


February 17, 2021 - Spring Planting 101 - A Passport to Healthy Living Event
Learn more about starting flower and vegetable seedlings indoors and when to plant outdoors from Cass County Extension Agent Don Kinzler. You can watch a recording of his presentation on YouTube.

January 20, 2021 - Healthy Living for the Second Half of Life - A Passport to Healthy Living Event
Find out more about the importance of staying active and involved and other positive aging and life skills needed in later years. Presenters are Shaundra Ziemann-Bolinske, Family and Community Wellness Agent with NDSU Extension - Burleigh County; and Katie Johnke, Nutrition Services Coordinator with Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health. You can watch a recording on our YouTube channel.

Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19 Vaccines in North Dakota
AARP North Dakota hosted this January 14 telephone town hall to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines and when you and your loved ones will have access. Molly Howell, Immunization Program Manager at the North Dakota Department of Health, was our guest for the one-hour event. Listen to a recording of the call here:

Telephone Town Hall on High Cost of Prescription Drugs
AARP North Dakota hosted this December 7 telephone town hall to discuss legislation intended to help make prescription drugs more affordable. Rep. George Keiser, chair of the N.D. Legislature’s Interim Health Care Committee, and Elaine Ryan, Vice President with AARP, talked about efforts at both the state and federal level to lower the cost of prescription drugs. Listen to a recording of the call here:

AARP North Dakota Volunteer Recognition Event
In late November, we conducted our annual Andrus Award for Community Service recognition event as a virtual event because of the pandemic. You can still watch the full 30-minute program by clicking on the registration link here. The Andrus Award is AARP's most prestigious volunteer award given to just one person in each state annually. You can watch a video recognizing the recipient, Evelyn Hildebrand, and the other 10 nominees on our page or on our YouTube channel.

Voting Safely in North Dakota Telephone Town Hall
If you missed the Sept. 29 telephone town hall on how to safely vote absentee or in-person in the Nov. 3 general election, you can still listen to the recording. Donnell Preskey Hushka, executive director of the N.D. County Auditors Assn., and Erica Johnsrud, McKenzie County auditor, joined AARP State Director Josh Askvig for this one-hour discussion on your voting options and what steps counties are taking so you can vote safely in person.

Dec. 16 - Passport to Healthy Living - Winter Wellness
Listen to Dr. Paul Nussbaum as he discusses mental health and ways to stay positive as we approach winter and the holidays - and how we deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He discussed ways to regain control, build resilience, and establish coping mechanisms to help you be psychologically healthier during difficult times. Dr. Nussbaum is board-certified in clinical psychology and an adjunct professor in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. You can watch a recording on or on our YouTube channel.

Passport Immune Support Cooking
Karen and Duane Ehrens led this 30-minute "Immune Support Cooking" class. Karen is a registered dietitian, and Duane is a chef, bringing you the best of nutrition and cooking! They shared ideas and recipes for preparing foods that will help you strengthen your immune system. You can watch a recording on or on our YouTube channel.

Passport Healthy Harvest Cooking
Family Wellness in Fargo shares ideas and recipes for preparing some delicious dishes from your fall garden harvest and pantry. The nutritionists provided demonstrations and healthy meal ideas during this 30-minute session. You can watch a recording on or on our YouTube channel.

Passport Historic Capital City Tour
Local history tour guide Paulette Bullinger took us on a trip along the historic streets of North Dakota’s Capital City, then and now. Meet the interesting pioneers who formed our community, from outlaws to progressives. Learn why Bismarck was once considered the wickedest city in the West! You can watch a recording on our page or our YouTube Channel.

Passport Hiking Around North Dakota
If you missed our Passport to Healthy Living Hiking Around North Dakota event on August 19, you can still watch it on our page or our YouTube Channel. Guests from the North Dakota Parks & Recreation Department shared some great information on hiking trails around the state and in your communities. Check it out!

Passport Pickleball!
Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports for older Americans. Zach Zitur from the Fargo Parks and Rec Department provides information on pickleball rules, equipment needed, and where to play the game. You can watch a recording here on YouTube.

Passport Fitness Apps and Trackers
Our online Passport to Healthy Living Kickoff event focused on health apps and fitness trackers that can help you stay engaged and motivated. You will learn how you can use these tools to help measure fitness goals and manage your nutrition. You can watch a recording here on YouTube.

Social Security Minutes –
Check out our new series called "Social Security Minute" featuring Patty Hoffman from the Social Security Administration. These short videos will cover a number of different Social Security topics of interest and to help answer your questions about Social Security. And a new video will be posted each month. Watch the videos on YouTube:
· How Much Can You Earn while Receiving Benefits
· When to Apply for Benefits
· Direct Deposit
· Social Security Benefits Calculator
· Benefit Verification Letter
· Your Social Security Online Earnings Statements
· Social Security Scams
· How to Obtain a Replacement Card
· Benefits for a Spouse
· What's New in 2021?

Who do I contact? Social Security or Medicare? This chart can help you quickly figure out where to go.

Spot A Scam, Stop A Scam Webinar
On August 19 we were joined by Kathy Stokes, Director of Fraud Prevention Programs who leads AARP’s efforts to inform consumers on how to spot and avoid scams; and Amy Nofziger, Director of Victim Support wholeads AARP’s victim support helpline assisting tens of thousands of fraud victims each year. They shared valuable information on what scammers are doing what they always do – using headlines as opportunities to steal money or sensitive personal information. The coronavirus and the economic stimulus payments have created a perfect storm for scammers. Hear from these experts about how to protect yourself from scams and fraud and the steps you should take if you think you or someone you love has been targeted.

Coping During Covid
On August 13, AARP North Dakota and the Red River Rainbow Seniors hosted a presentation on the psychological aspects of COVID-19 and how it's affecting us all. We are experiencing the loss of control, plus isolation and distress. Watch the video recording of the program with Dr. Paul Nussbaum to learn how to regain control and build resilience, as well as coping mechanisms to help you be psychologically healthier during these trying times. Dr. Nussbaum is board-certified in clinical psychology and an adjunct professor in neurological surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is also the founder of the Brain Health Center. You can watch a recording of his presentation here on YouTube.

Hot Scams with Amy Nofziger – AARP’s Fraud Expert
Learn more about hot scams happening now, and how you can avoid becoming a victim. Amy Nofziger, director of AARP’s Fraud Victim Support unit, shares advice on avoiding pandemic-related scams and frauds. You may be familiar with Amy from her appearances on various national morning news programs. She’s in-the-know and provides information on the hottest scams out there. You can watch a recording here on YouTube.

Think Differently: Adapting and Thriving in Changing Times
Our minds take shortcuts to get through the day. The way to the office? Stopping at a stop sign? Usually they are helpful, learned series of tasks that we’ve shortened into one step. But what happens when we over rely on these shortcuts? This webinar presentation uses real-world examples to identify some cognitive biases that frequently lead us to make the same decisions again and again. You'll learn some methods to prevent your blind spots from holding you back. And you'll learn ways to think differently to adapt and thrive in changing times. Click here to register and watch a recording of the program.

COVID-19 Testing and Contact Tracing: What You Need to Know
Contracting the coronavirus and becoming ill was a top concern of older adults who responded to an AARP North Dakota questionnaire. Join us for a live interview with Desi Fleming, the Director of Fargo Cass Public Health, and Renae Moch, Director of Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health, to learn about local testing efforts, how contact tracing works and its importance to slow the spread of COVID-19, and steps you can take to make healthy decisions to best protect yourself. You can watch a recording here on YouTube.

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19
If you missed the July 1 telephone town hall on steps you can take to make healthy decisions to best protect yourself from COVID-19, you can still listen to the recording. Molly Howell, assistant director of the Division of Disease Control, N.D. Department of Health, provided information on how to stay healthy during the pandemic. She also explained how contact tracing works and its importance to slow the spread of COVID-19. Go here to listen to the recording:

Cybersecurity Webinar: Learn to Stay Safe Online
Learn how to keep you and your family safe online during this cybersecurity webinar featuring Tony Aukland from the N.D. Information Technology Department. Cybersecurity is in the news every day – data breaches, identity theft, and social media scams. You’ll learn how to be more online savvy and how to keep personal information on your smartphone, tablet and computer safe. You can register to receive the link to the webinar recording here.

N.D. Medicaid Fraud Control Program –
The 2019 N.D. Legislature passed legislation allowing the Attorney General's Office to apply for federal certification of a Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, with North Dakota becoming the final state to do so. Medicaid Fraud Control Units investigate and prosecute Medicaid provider fraud and resident/patient abuse and neglect in assisted living communities, skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare facilities. Marina Spahr, an Assistant Attorney General and the Director of the North Dakota Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, joined Janelle Moos, AARP ND Advocacy Director, to provide an overview of the work of North Dakota's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. You can watch a recording here on YouTube.

Gov. Burgum Telephone Town Hall on Coronavirus –
AARP North Dakota held this telephone town hall with Governor Doug Burgum and Executive Director of Human Services, Chris Jones, to discuss the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Participants had questions about topics such as how to lower personal risk and prevent the spread of the virus in public, the number of North Dakota nursing home deaths, behavioral and mental health services currently available, and the availability of testing for residents. You can listen to a recording here.

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