— Saturday, November 18th from 6:30 – 9 PM | 800 North Alameda Street, Los Angeles, California 90012 Reserve your FREE spot today by calling 1-877-926-8300 or click HERE. On Saturday, November 18th, join AARP in Los Angeles at Union Station for a special black-tie (optional) Transportation Gala commemorating the voters who passed Measure M, the transportation ballot initiative that will deliver on $120 billion worth of improvement projects to advance the quality of life in the Greater Los Angeles area. …

— By Ray Huard Nikki Symington got several phone messages from someone purporting to be an IRS agent, who said she owed back taxes and threatened her with fines or jail if she didn’t pay up. “Even though my husband said it was a scam, you still worry, so I called,” said Symington, 74, of Borrego Springs. “I left my number, and somebody called back and said I owed $4,000.” She hung up, but the fake agent called her several more …

— Español According to an AARP survey, entitled “California Dreaming
or Struggling: Gen X and Boomer Financial Security,” which reveals that for the most part Californians are not ready for retirement and it is largely due to housing related expenses. AARP California wants to help you take control of your finances. We are sharing DIY tips and tools bi-weekly on social media to help you save more or begin to save. Here is a summary of what was shared in October! CUT COSTS …

— San Jose Caregiving: The Circle of Love A documentary showing that highlights three AAPI caregivers and their caregiving journey, followed by a discussion with AARP Historian Emerita, Lily Liu. The 14-minute documentary, “Caregiving:  The Circle of Love,” produced by AARP and the sharing of AARP resources such as the guidebook, Prepare to Care:  A Planning Guide for Families, will help families start the difficult but vital conversation about caregiving. Professionals who work with diverse older adults in the community and their families will learn pertinent tips to help …

— En español, Don’t fall prey of these 7 hoaxes by Sid Kirchheimer T’is the season for shopping, salutations and various seasonal scams as perennial as poinsettias. Among the most common: 1. Shopping setups During the holidays, scammers, working like type A elves, try to steal money and personal information from unsuspecting shoppers. One popular scheme: rogue websites that appear on your search engine results when you type in the names of hot-selling gifts or even terms such as “discount toys.” …

— Español Dating back centuries, DĂ­a de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a celebration to honor the ancestors of families of Mexican and Central American heritage. Rather than mourning the dead, the festival focuses on remembering their lives. AARP in Los Angeles is hosting a free DĂ­a de los Muertos event from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, 501 N. Main St. “AARP is thrilled to join LA Plaza …

—   Statement from AARP California State Director Nancy McPherson on the signing of SB 17, the Drug Pricing Transparency Bill: On behalf of more than 3.3 million AARP members in California, I’d like to thank Governor Brown for signing SB 17 (Hernandez), the Drug Price Transparency Bill.  Thanks to Governor Brown and Senator Hernandez, California is once more leading the way for the rest of the nation on a critical issue. SB 17 requires drug makers to give 60 days’ …

— Local governments throughout California are forming community-owned agencies that operate Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs to deliver cleaner, competitively priced electricity to their customers through the existing utility. Each CCE is governed locally, partnering with the current utility to deliver electricity over existing lines, maintain the lines, send bills, respond to power outages and provide customer service. The only change that customers may see is an additional line on their bill with the name of their new CCE and their …

— ATTENTION SACRAMENTO ARTISTS: At the Sacramento PRIDE 2017 event, AARP hosted a “listening post” featuring the question: “What should AARP know about the challenges facing LGBT caregivers?” (Caregivers are those who provide care for a family member or friend including assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, feeding, and getting dressed.)   More than 100 responses were posted, containing a wide range of answers, including fear, discrimination, lack of information about services, and long-term care facilities that are LGBTQ-friendly. In …

— The Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Oct. 14 in San Jose. The event aims to raise nearly $1.5 million to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association and research to find a cure. The walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Arena Green in San Jose, then winds for three miles through downtown. AARP California is cosponsoring the event and will host a table at the companion fair, providing information for family caregivers. To participate, donate …