— 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!

— Do you have a passion for civic engagement? Consider becoming a volunteer for AARP Arizona’s annual Day at the Legislature luncheon at the State Capitol. The event will be held Tuesday, April 9, on the Senate Lawn, at 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. AARP Arizona’s ambitious policy agenda this year includes protections for retirement income, long-term and community-based health care support, tax-credit assistance for family caregivers, protections from financial scams, and funding for …

— Caregiving is stressful under the best of circumstances, and transitions such as receiving a diagnosis, moving a loved one or facing end-of-life decisions can be daunting. That’s why AARP in Phoenix has teamed up with Duet, a local nonprofit agency, to offer a panel discussion on handling such difficult transitions. Slated for National Family Caregivers Month, the symposium will be Thursday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave. The event …

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— IRS to use Private Debt Collectors for Overdue Taxes Those Affected Will Hear First From the IRS By Linda Vitale – Lead Trainer and Educator AARP Arizona Fraud Watch Network   Starting April 2017, the IRS will use private-sector collection agencies to recover overdue unpaid tax debt. Affected taxpayers will ALWAYS first receive an IRS letter and a copy of Publication 4518 “What You Can Expect When the IRS Assigns Your Account to a Private Collection Agency” before they actually transfer …

— Across Arizona, over 855,000 unsung heroes care for parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, friends, and other loved ones – helping them stay at home, with dignity, as they age. This silent army helps with bathing and dressing, transportation, meal preparation, and even complicated medical tasks like wound care and medication management. They are family caregivers. AARP recently launched a new initiative called I Heart Caregivers to recognize and honor family caregivers who give their hearts each and every day; to share …

— By Miriam Davidson When an invitation arrived for author and essayist Nancy Mairs to lecture at King’s College London, she was pleased and excited. “I wanted it to be true,” said Mairs, 70, of Tucson. A near-quadriplegic from advanced multiple sclerosis, she examines disability and faith in her writings. Mairs and her husband, George, 73, exchanged several emails and phone calls with a “visiting professor” arranging a conference on “The Mystery of Life and Death.” The professor said the trip …

— During the last three weeks I’ve truly lived up to the term “Road Warrior.” This week it’s Atlanta for a series of meetings and part of the AARP Life@50 event. If you haven’t had a chance to attend in the past  definitely mark your calendars for 2014 and  join us for one of these action-packed information-filled extravaganzas! Since 2002 I have attend most of these, and now that AARP has moved to two events a year, I am excited to see what …