— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Arizona for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— 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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— Eight Steps to Keep Online Data Safe from the IRS Anyone with an online presence can do a few simple things to protect their identity and personal information. Following these eight steps can also help taxpayers protect their tax return and refund in 2018: Shop at familiar online retailers. Avoid unprotected Wi-Fi. Learn to recognize and avoid phishing emails that pose as a trusted source. Keep a secure machine. Use passwords that are strong, long and unique. Use multi-factor authentication …

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— RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE IRS It’s the time of the year when many taxpayers choose a tax preparer to help file a tax return. These taxpayers should choose their tax return preparer wisely.  This is because taxpayers are responsible for all the information on their income tax return. That’s true no matter who prepares the return. Here are ten tips for taxpayers to remember when selecting a preparer: Check the Preparer’s Qualifications. Use the IRS Directory of Federal Tax Return Preparers …

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— Becoming a caregiver is an important but often challenging journey. When an unpaid family caregiver first starts helping a loved one, the caregiver doesn’t always know where to begin or where to turn for guidance. To help close the information gap, AARP Arizona has developed resource guides in print and online. These guides offer information about organizations and agencies that provide services such as in-home care, adult day care, financial planning, legal guidance, senior housing, Social Security, Medicare, medication management, …

— People caring for loved ones with cancer face unique challenges and often lack support. The Arizona Myeloma Network (AZMN) offers training for these caregivers, and AARP Arizona is sponsoring three free sessions on Saturdays—Sept. 30, Dec. 9 and Feb. 10—from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn skills and strategies they can use to help patients with any kind of cancer and to relieve their own stress. Topics include cancer pain, communication, insurance, nursing care and key questions to ask …

— By Miriam Davidson In their 27 years together, makeup artist George Burson, 65, and husband David Samora, 58, have learned a thing or two about caregiving. The Phoenix couple, married in 2014, cared for Samora’s mother and Burson’s father. Both died of Alzheimer’s disease. They currently care for Gina, Burson’s 88-year-old mother, who has heart problems, diabetes and kidney issues—but not Alzheimer’s. “Her memory and hearing are probably better than mine,” Burson said. Caring for relatives—with and without dementia—has given …

— Motorists may pose safety risks to themselves and others if their vehicles don’t fit them well. AARP Arizona is helping people stay safe on the road by training volunteers for CarFit, a program that helps drivers adjust their mirrors, head restraints, seat position and seatbelts for good visibility and proper reach to gas and brake pedals. Volunteers trained as technicians will perform CarFit checkups, while those trained as event coordinators will encourage businesses and organizations to host events in their …

— 2016 will mark the third year of a successful program in which AARP hosts community networking groups in Tucson. Making connections, networking, meeting new people and having fun are all part of belonging to an AARP “Community Group” in Tucson. Currently, there are two active AARP Community Groups in Tucson, the Northwest and East Tucson groups. “We think people have gotten involved with the groups because they offer unique opportunities to get involved in their community through socializing, networking and …

— AARP Experience Corps, a highly successful intergenerational effort, is expanding in the Phoenix area. By enlisting volunteers 50 and older as tutors, Experience Corps has made significant headway in helping children who have struggled with reading in grades K-3. “These caring, consistent adults not only improve students’ literacy skills, but also instill self-confidence,” said Rebecca Bond, the Tempe program director. Currently serving 800 children at 19 Phoenix and Tempe public schools, the program is seeking 40 more volunteers. Volunteers must …

— Are you interested in learning more about how Social Security works?  Do you understand Medicare?  What about learning helpful tips on finances 50+ and  avoiding fraud and  scams? AARP Arizona offers an educational program  in which trained volunteers present information on these issues and more. The presentations are free and available for scheduling at libraries, community centers, churches and other venues.  “If you have a group, club or organization that is interested in hosting our volunteer speakers on these important …