— 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!

— Wildfires are a fact of life in California, but we’ve never seen anything like the devastation of the past two years. Millions of Californians have been affected, from breathing unhealthy air to losing their homes, and even losing loved ones. These fires have brought unprecedented sorrow and hardship to Californians of all ages — but particularly to older Californians, who sadly represent a large portion of the fatalities caused by these fires. Recovery will take years. But as Californians rebuild …

— 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 …

— Español [See links below to download a print a FREE ‘wallet card’ and place them in your and your loved one’s wallets. That way, you’ll both have the important information about this new law available when you need it most.] Today, millions of Californians are providing care for a family member, partner, or friend with a chronic, disabling, or serious health condition. These “family caregivers” provide indispensable help with such tasks as meal-preparation, bathing, dressing, administering medications and wound-care. AARP has …

— Español AARP strongly supports the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one and making a living. Here are five things you should know about California’s Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is Paid Family Leave? Under state law, working Californians can take up to six weeks off to care for a seriously ill loved one while still receiving a portion of their salary. Most working Californians will be able …

— It’s tax season once again. Taxes are complicated, especially if you’re planning for retirement or considering life changes.  Luckily, AARP Foundation’s team of IRS-certified volunteers is here to help. They’ve been doing it for 50 years and have served more than 50 million taxpayers! First established in 1968 with four volunteers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a free tax preparation program targeted at the low to middle-income 50-plus community.  However, the program is open to all ages and taxpayers do not …

— This fall Northern California saw some of the deadliest, most destructive wildfires in the state’s history, including wind-driven, ferocious blazes in Sonoma, Napa, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Dozens were killed, and hundreds injured, including older and disabled adults who couldn’t escape in time. To help prevent fatalities in the future, AARP is working with local authorities to determine the best ways to use AARP resources to assist with disaster preparedness and relief, especially for people 50 and older. AARP will …

— Español Participants’ ideas will be included in NHCOA’s annual “State of Hispanic Older Adults” The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), will bring together members of the older adult population, along with elected officials, social advocates, and service providers in an “Aging with Dignity” Town Hall at The California Endowment 1000 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  on August 30th. This linguistically and culturally safe space will give those present the opportunity to discuss …

— By Rita Beamish Lydia Sussman knew she wanted to volunteer in retirement, preferably in a role taking advantage of her specific skills. She had been a teacher for 33 years in Los Angeles public school programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. That made her a good fit for Jumpstart, a nonprofit that helps provide underserved youngsters with language, literacy and developmental skills to get ready for kindergarten. She was tapped to mentor the “grandparent” volunteers who teach the Jumpstart curriculum …

— To celebrate new funding for the Los Angeles County public transit system and to encourage people to use it, AARP in Los Angeles is providing free, specially designed Metro TAP fare cards with a $1.75 credit to pay for the first ride. AARP is teaming up with the county transit agency, Metro, to support safe, affordable transportation options for the community. The reloadable plastic cards will feature designs created by local artists and AARP members Yolanda Gonzalez and Synthia Saint …

— (Pasadena, CA) – This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low- to moderate- income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to the older population. Taxpayers do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, …