— 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 California for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Research conducted by UCLA Luskin and USC Leonard Davis— and supported by AARP — examines travel, technology and mobility issues LOS ANGELES — In an effort to identify solutions to improve the lives of older adults and people of all ages and abilities, the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, with the support of AARP, recently conducted surveys of diverse, older Angelenos, exploring their travel patterns, use of technology, and the mobility problems …

— West Sacramento has a new ride-share program, and more older adults could be using it for a pathway to mobile, independent lives without getting behind the wheel. With a $10,000 Community Challenge grant from AARP, the city is studying ways to increase older residents’ use of the on-demand, flat-fee car and bike service. The city is asking key questions: Do price, lack of a cellphone, or other factors deter seniors from ridership? The grant was among five that AARP awarded …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4 p.m. PT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

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— Our grandparents are often among the most important people in our lives. And unfortunately, there is a scam that has been targeting them specifically. See this video to learn how the “Grandparent Scam” works and share it with others so, they too can help them to be aware and protected. How It Works: You get a frantic call from someone claiming to be your grandson or granddaughter.  The caller says there’s an emergency and asks you to send money right away. …

— AARP California is forming a Veterans Advisory Council to help us build a strategy for serving and working with veterans and organizations across the state.  The Council will also review any veteran-related bills in the legislature and make recommendations to the state director on appropriate action. The ideal member will have experience in one or more of the following areas:  general veterans’ issues, veterans with disabilities, self-employed veterans, veterans who are caregivers, young/student veterans, etc. This is a VOLUNTEER role. …

— AARP California is proud to present Lisa Oakley with the 2018 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. This is the association’s most prestigious volunteer award that recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Lisa Oakley, from Saratoga, California, truly embodies AARP’s vision and mission. AARP California selected Lisa Oakley for her remarkable service and for the impact she has had on the lives of others and on her community. Oakley …

— Don’t miss our local, online event for family caregivers. ONLINE CARE FAIR Tips, tools, resources and support for family caregivers in California. Thursday, November 15, 2018, 2-5 p.m. PT When it comes to caring for a loved one, everyone’s journey is different. That’s why you shouldn’t miss AARP’s Online Care Fair, a FREE live online event that offers resources, answers and support no matter where yours takes you. Filled with tips, tools, and access to local and state services, the …

— By Laura Mecoy Ken Allan, 77, thought he knew all about online fraud because he teaches a class about it for AARP California. But he still fell prey to a scammer when he mistakenly visited a bogus website and called the number there to get his Garmin GPS unit updated. He gave the man on the phone access to his credit card and his computer, leading to nearly $300 in fraudulent charges and a pesky virus on his computer. “My …

— 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 …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 4 p.m. PT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …