— Communities across Arizona are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge to help them jumpstart progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Arizona.  The Community Challenge grants provide communities …

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— New Politico/AARP poll reveals voters disapprove of lawmakers’ policies on Medicare and prescription drugs by Dena Bunis, AARP, July 18, 2018 Older voters in Arizona are more likely to criticize Congress than President Trump for the job they’re doing on health care, according to a new Politico/AARP poll. Nearly three-quarters of the state’s 50-plus voters disapprove of the work federal lawmakers are doing on that front, and more than 60 percent reject their performance on Medicare and prescription drug prices. However, older voters in …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— By James E. Garcia Reynard Gordon and Theresa Alice Titus were found guilty last year by a Cochise County jury on charges of fraud, theft and forgery. The pair were convicted of swindling a 74-year-old woman in southern Arizona out of about $120,000 by submitting a fraudulent power of attorney and coercing the victim to withdraw large amounts of cash from her personal bank account. Police were tipped off when an alert credit union employee realized the woman did not …

— Health, beauty and wellness are the focus of the AZ Black Women’s Expo on Sunday, Aug. 19, in Phoenix. AARP Arizona is cosponsoring the expo at the Legends Event Center, 4240 W. Camelback Road. Open to consumers of all ages, the expo will feature workshops and demonstrations, offering an opportunity for local businesswomen to build brand awareness and showcase their products. Organizers anticipate significantly larger crowds than last year’s expo, which drew 500 attendees. For more information and to buy …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5 –5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job in …

— Issues of concern to an aging population are hot topics right now on the PBS public affairs program Arizona Horizon, which airs weeknights at 5:30 and 10 p.m.  The half-hour show includes three segments nightly, and AARP Arizona is sponsoring a series of segments that will run one per month through December. Topics will include caregiving, retirement security, age-friendly communities, brain health, technology, veterans’ issues and volunteers 50-plus who are making a difference in Arizona. Some of the segments will …

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— Go to the Bottom of page to watch the three part video series.   My family is all dead, and I never married or had children.  I’m about as alone in life as one can be. The new term for that is “elder orphan.”  There are millions of people like me.  And, with roughly 491 baby boomers an hour turning 60, there will be a lot more. The term highlights the dilemma one faces when they need help in managing …

— By Ford Burkhart Donna Collins, 75, felt like a prisoner in her own home. She was the sole caregiver for her husband, Irvin, as he lived with dementia in Tucson until he died last October at 88. Tight finances had put her in a pickle. Fortunately, her son in Phoenix told her about respite assistance through the Arizona Caregiver Coalition (ACC), with strong support from AARP. “ACC was a real lifesaver,” she said. “I was stuck. I couldn’t get to …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …