— 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 …

— 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, …

— My daughter Susan loved books as a little girl. Stories fascinated her and she spent most of her time reading. As parents in Hawai‘i, we have an extraordinary resource in the Honolulu Theatre for Youth, one of the oldest and most respected children’s theatres in the country. Their programs changed my daughter’s life. I took Susan to her first play at HTY. I don’t remember the title of the play, but I do remember watching my daughter watch the play …

— Learn about old Hawaii and how the latest news gets to your doorstep, and connect with others in the community at two special tours for AARP members and guests. AARP Hawaii is offering a discounted tour of Hawaii’s Plantation Village in Waipahu on Tuesday, May 23rd at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $5, a $3 discount off the kamaaina adult admission of $8. We are also providing a sampling of some of the common foods eaten by plantation workers. (Note …

— Click on a link, answer a call from “tech support,” or even taking a Facebook survey can lead to you being scammed. Special Agent Edward Arias of the Honolulu FBI Cyber Squad, Lorie Sides from the Hawaii Better Business Bureau and Jackie Boland from AARP Hawaii will talk about how to protect yourself and someone you love from computer scams at a free AARP Fraud Watch Network “Operation: Stop Scams” workshop on Thursday, April 27. Some common scams to watch …

— You can do more than dream about retirement; you can start planning for it at a free “Think of Your Future” workshop in Waimea on Saturday, April 29 . The free workshop runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Tutu’s House, 64-1032 Mamalahoa Highway. No individual advice will be given and no products or services promoted or sold. The workshop is just about helping you plan for retirement and it’s free. You don’t have to be an AARP member …

— Act your age. Has anyone ever told you that and how do you answer if you’re 50 or older? AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins believes you shouldn’t fall for stereotypes about how people 50+ should act. That’s why she wrote her best-selling book “Disrupt Aging.” The book is about changing the way we think about getting older. We all age every day and that’s way better than the alternative. We’re living longer, healthier and more productive lives so growing older …

—   Master Shopper Veronica Hall will share secrets of saving money on groceries by clipping coupons with AARP members and guests at an Extreme Coupon Class on June 29. Hall teaches methods of organizing her newspaper and Internet coupons and secrets of shopping wisely that can be used to save big money every month. She says she spends less than $250 a month to feed her family of four. The 90-minute workshop for AARP members and guests is at the …