— A new booklet helps Alabama’s caregivers understand how to manage money on behalf of the loved-ones they are caring for. AARP Alabama, together with other member organizations of the Alabama Interagency Council for the Prevention of Elder-Abuse, prepared this booklet to assist caregivers with the often-challenging issues of money management. Candi Williams, AARP Alabama State Director, says: “The Council’s new guide answers questions and provides information to help Alabama’s caregivers navigate financial questions so that they can truly manage this …

—   AARP Alabama congratulates David Ioffreda for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. As part of his project work to earn this great achievement, David organized a group of fifteen teens to assist seniors in learning about technology through teaching Saturday classes. AARP Alabama supported David in developing the classes, where older adults learned about Facebook, safe internet surfing, and even more complex programs like Excel. Becoming an Eagle Scout is the highest achievement in Scouting and is a lifelong …

— On Friday, November 10, AARP provided lunch and gifts honoring over 100 veterans at Via Health Fitness and Enrichment Center in Mobile. The lunch included a special thank you address by Dorothy Dorton, AARP Alabama Associate State Director for Community Outreach. The Murphy High School JROTC Color Guard presented the colors. The event included a Quilt of Valor presentation to Navy veteran Bill Woolley and a big band singer performing patriotic songs. AARP also provided attendees with booklets and materials …

— Which issues will be front and center when the state legislature convenes in January? Find out during a tele-town hall on Tuesday, Nov. 28. AARP Alabama will detail its legislative priorities for 2018, including help for family caregivers, access to home and community-based services, improving guardianship laws, and protecting Medicaid. Alabama is home to about 761,000 family caregivers who provide unpaid services worth more than $7.7 billion per year. Medicaid provides health coverage for nearly 1 million Alabamians per month. …

— If you are gravely ill and unable to speak for yourself, who will make medical decisions for you? Who will handle your estate when you die? These are questions everyone must face. Having an updated will, an advance directive (or living will) and power-of-attorney designations for health care and financial affairs can provide peace of mind and help protect against fraud. AARP Alabama is offering free information sessions in several cities across the state to help people learn how to …

— Older Americans are embracing digital technology more than ever. Four in 10 Americans 65-plus have smartphones, while a third own tablets and a fifth have e-readers. AARP Alabama invites those who are still figuring out how to use a touch-screen tablet to come to an AARP TEK workshop in Montgomery on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Participants will learn how to use a tablet for texting, sharing photos and keeping in touch with family members and friends on Facebook. In addition, they …

— A new state law allows Alabamians with disabilities to save for their future needs without adversely affecting their benefits from programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Under the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, people with disabilities can put up to $14,000 a year into a tax-exempt savings account to pay for expenses that enhance their quality of life. Family members and friends may contribute, and total assets can grow to as much as $100,000 without …

— Mobile, AL – AARP Alabama, with its more than 430,000 members, announces the appointment of Dorothy Dorton, MS CTRS, to the position of Associate State Director for Community Outreach. Dorton, a Mobile native, will provide outreach and support for AARP programs and initiatives in Mobile and parts of lower Alabama, working with volunteers and maintaining AARP’s relationships with residents and community leaders in that part of the state. The appointment was announced Candi Williams, AARP Alabama State Director, who said: …

— Do you know a volunteer age 50 plus who is making, or has made, a significant difference in your community? Honor their dedication, commitment, and creativity with a nomination for the 2017 AARP Alabama Andrus Award for Community Service — AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer …

— Baseball, superheroes, fireworks and a discount—what better way to spend a Saturday evening in Montgomery? AARP Alabama and the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team are teaming up to offer $4 tickets—a 70 percent discount—on the first 150 tickets sold to those who call or go online to buy tickets for the May 20 game against the Jackson Generals. The game will be held on Superheroes Night, giving fans an opportunity to take a photo with Wonder Woman or Spider-Man. AARP Alabama …