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Join Us for These Upcoming Online Programs and Events

Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 - Get Ready for Retirement
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 must register for each session individually. If you are unable to attend either of the presentations at the scheduled time, you can still register and watch them at a time more convenient for you.

Social Security Presentation
Thursday, September 24, 2020
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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Medicare Presentation
Thursday, October 1, 2020
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
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Sept. 29 - Voting Safely in North Dakota Telephone Town Hall
Join us for a 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, telephone town hall to learn more about how to safely vote absentee or in-person in the November 3 general election. Donnell Preskey Hushka, executive director of the N.D. County Auditors Assn., and Erica Johnsrud, McKenzie County auditor, will join 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. To be sure you are called to join the telephone town hall, register here:

Oct. 21 - Passport to Healthy Living - Healthy Harvest Cooking
Join us and the folks from Family Wellness in Fargo for the Passport to Healthy Living "Healthy Harvest Cooking" class on Oct. 21. You'll get ideas and recipes for preparing some delicious dishes from your harvest and pantry. The nutritionists will provide demonstrations and healthy meal ideas during this 30-minute session. Join us live at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21 at or at

Nov. 18 - Passport to Healthy Living - Immune Support Cooking
Karen and Duane Ehrens will be leading the Passport to Healthy Living "Immune Support Cooking" class on November 18. Karen is a registered dietitian, and Duane is a chef, so they'll bring you the best of nutrition and cooking! You'll get ideas and recipes for preparing foods that will help you strengthen your immune system during this 30-minute session. Join us live at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18 at or at


Passport to Healthy Living - 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 to Healthy Living - 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!

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.

Passport to Healthy Living – Pickleball!
Join us for this online Passport to Healthy Living Pickleball Primer at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15. Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports. Zach Zitur from the Fargo Parks and Rec Department will provide information on pickleball rules, equipment needed, and where to play the game. 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:

Passport to Healthy Living – 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.

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.

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:
· Your Social Security Online Earnings Statements
· Social Security Scams
· How to Obtain a Replacement Card

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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