— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, and lobbying in Juneau, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Alaska. We hope you’ll join us!

— 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 …

— Need help with a basic tax return or amendment? Tax Aide volunteers provide free tax help to low- to middle-income Alaskans of all ages at sites across the state. (No need to be an AARP member.) They can also help with past-due returns, back to 2015. Last year volunteers nationwide helped 2.5 million people get $1.3 billion in income tax refunds and more than $212 million in Earned Income Tax Credits. Find the site nearest you Find the nearest site …

— Gil Penalosa, a global expert on transforming areas into good, vibrant places for all people, is visiting the state to headline the Alaska Livable Communities Forum. The free event, which includes appetizers and beverages, will explore ways to foster better street and park design and to make walking, cycling and public transportation safe and accessible. The forum will take place Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., at Williwaw Social in Anchorage. City officials will be on hand, and …

— As Alaskans embrace the winter season’s outdoor recreation, they need to be alert to increasing risks, especially avalanches. Avalanche and rockfall incidents have increased in recent years, research shows, due to warming temperatures and melting permafrost. Since 1998, Alaska has seen one to 12 avalanche deaths a year. Many fatal incidents involve increasingly powerful snowmobiles. At workshops that AARP Alaska is sponsoring through the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, learn how to recognize hazardous snow conditions, watch for and react to …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible. Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote is …

— Food grown in Alaska has its own special flavor, from sweet corn that needs to be transplanted to tomatoes that grow only indoors and zucchini grown in high tunnels. The Mat-Su Valley is one of the state’s most productive agricultural areas, and a tour of working farms showcases techniques unique to Alaska. The AARP member price for the Palmer Rise and Shine Tour is $75 on your choice of three Mondays, July 16, Aug. 20 or Sept. 10. The tour …

— AARP Alaska is sponsoring AARP Day at the Ballpark on Thursday, June 28, when the Mat-Su Miners meet the Peninsula Oilers. Admission is free for AARP members and their guests. One AARP volunteer will sing the national anthem, and another will throw out the first pitch. Game time is 7 p.m. at Hermon Brothers Field at the state fairgrounds in Palmer. Stop by the AARP booth for information on financial security, fraud and caregiving. To reserve free tickets, go to …

— AARP Alaska Joins in Campaign to Help Keep Scammers from Conning Enrollees ANCHORAGE, AK – As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Alaska is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare …

—   ‘The Perfect Scam’ Pulls Back the Curtain on America’s Most Shocking Scam Stories; Hosted by Frank Abagnale and Will Johnson WASHINGTON, DC — AARP announces the launch of “The Perfect Scam”, a weekly podcast profiling America’s most shocking consumer scam stories. The show, available starting today, April 6, is co-hosted by Will Johnson, an award-winning producer and veteran podcast host, and AARP Fraud Watch Network Ambassador Frank Abagnale, an FBI fraud consultant whose story was told in a hit book and …