— 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 Hawaii. We hope you’ll join us!

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— Get information to fight back against fraudsters at a free AARP Fraud Watch Network “Protect Yourself from Cyber Scams” seminar in May on Oahu, Maui, Hawai‘i island and Kauai. Will Bales, the supervising special agent for the FBI Honolulu Cyber Division, will give tips on how to avoid cyber scams and the role of the FBI in protecting the Americans. AARP Hawai‘i speakers will profile common online scams such as the romance scam, cyber blackmail, and scams targeting veterans, “Don’t …

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— Protect yourself from identity theft by safely shredding sensitive documents at the Access Information Management Destruction Plants on Oahu, Maui and Hawai‘i island on April 27. You can also help the hungry at the same time by bringing food donations. The Fraud Watch Network Shred-a-Thon comes just after tax season when many people discard their obsolete financial documents and is put on annually by AARP Hawai‘i and Access Information Protected. People can drive up and drop off up to 2 …

— Healthy menus and eating will take center stage when celebrity chef Martin Yan makes a pair of appearances in Hawaii this month. The award-winning chef will demonstrate cooking techniques and share nutritious recipes at the New Year, New Yan, New You event on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., at the Ala Moana Hotel Hibiscus Ballroom in Honolulu; and Friday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at Kaunoa Senior Services in Paia on Maui. An AARP ambassador, …

— “How to Prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse” is the unlikely title of the latest offering from AARP Hawaii’s speakers bureau. Why? Emergency readiness kits and disaster planning aren’t that different from preparing for a zombie invasion. Groups can request a workshop covering preparedness for catastrophes like tsunamis and earthquakes. It’s one of many free presentations on issues important to people 50-plus that AARP Hawaii offers for groups. Topics include brain health, fighting fraud, Social Security and caregiving. Speakers include experts …

— Many of us have gotten the calls from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service, or seen that pop-up message on your computer, warning you of a virus and the need to call tech support RIGHT NOW. Maybe you’ve even gotten the call from someone who sounds familiar, saying: “Grandma, I need money for bail.” These are imposter frauds. It’s when a scammer poses as someone he or she is not — an IRS agent or a police …

— AARP Hawaii is hosting its 2018 Women and Money conference on Saturday, July 14, 8 a.m.-noon, at the Japanese Cultural Center in Honolulu. The conference is designed to help women achieve retirement security. Gerri Walsh, senior vice president for investor education at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, will deliver the keynote address, sharing insights on How Women Outshine Men at Investing. Most Americans fall short in retirement savings, and women are especially vulnerable. Compared with men, women tend to live …

— Documents containing sensitive information can leave a bread trail for scammers, potentially leading to identity theft. Spring cleaning is a good time to shred them. AARP Hawaii is working with Access Information Protected, a records management company, to offer free shredding events on three islands on Saturday, April 28. The events, scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, will be on Oahu, at 98-736 Moanalua Loop in Aiea; the Big Island, at 73-4164 Huli Koa Drive in Kailua-Kona; and Maui, at …

— A retirement that enables you to choose how you live as you age requires planning and a lot of thought. That’s why AARP Hawai‘i is offering a “Think of Your Future” workshops on Oahu and Maui. Because before you stop working, you need to think about when to take Social Security, how to pay for health insurance and how to budget for your living and enjoying life expenses. Topics that will be presented at the events include: >> Secure Your …

— Dorothy Arriola Colby knows the challenges that about 154,000 family caregivers in Hawaii face daily. A dementia care specialist and caregiving trainer, Colby will share her expertise with these unpaid heroes at two free conferences this month on Oahu and the Big Island of Hawaii. Family members who help loved ones continue to live at home can become isolated and frustrated. The conferences will offer support to show they are not alone. In addition to workshops and an information fair, …