— With tax-filing season a prime time for identity theft scammers to prey on unsuspecting consumers, the AARP Fraud Watch Network is reminding Idaho taxpayers that submitting their tax returns as soon as is practical can greatly reduce their chances of being victimized by a fraudulent return. This scam occurs when a fraudster steals your Social Security number and files a tax return in your name to claim a fraudulent refund. While consumers must be constantly vigilant to guard against falling …

— On Thursday, February 8, more than 125 volunteers and staff will be in Boise advocating on behalf of AARP members and all older Idahoans on the crucial issue of Family Caregiving. While meeting with members of the legislature, these volunteers and staff will ask lawmakers to support Senate Bill 1262, the Patient Caregiver Support Act. According to the 2017 AARP Idaho Caregiving Survey, more than 80 percent of Idaho registered voters age 45 and older support the measures in SB …

— Bessie Katsilometes, Ph.D., former Dean of Idaho State University-Meridian and Idaho State University-Boise, is the newest member of the AARP Idaho Executive Council. AARP Idaho has more than 188,000 members statewide and more than 38 million members nationwide. Dr. Katsilometes will serve on the AARP Idaho volunteer executive council and work to achieve AARP’s vision, mission and strategic priorities across the state.  AARP Idaho state president, Dr. Tom Trail and state director Lupe Wissel appointed her to the executive council …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 17, AARP Foundation is providing FREE tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. Last year, 280 Idaho AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped 37,000 people file their federal and state tax returns. The program is offered at 43 sites across the Gem State. AARP …

— You are invited to attend the upcoming AARP Volunteer Network Meeting on February 15th, at 2:00 pm MT.  If you are completely new to AARP, and have not received an orientation, the AARP new volunteer orientation will take place at 1:15 pm MT. The meeting is at the AARP Office, (located at 250 S. 5th Street, Suite 800).  Limited free parking is available in the visitor lot. This is a meeting you will  not want to miss. Pam Root, Senior …

— NEW KNOWLEDGE ADVENTURES IS BACK FOR THE 2018 SPRING SEMESTER New Knowledge Adventures (NKA) is a lifelong continuing education program for older adults designed to offer exceptional learning, exploration and fellowship opportunities in a comfortable and non-competitive academic surrounding. Supported by Idaho State University, AARP Idaho and the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, NKA represents the most affordable learning opportunity for the 50 plus in the Treasure Valley. For just $35 participants can sign up for an unlimited number of classes. …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— AARP IDAHO TO HOST TELEPHONE TOWN HALL WITH IDAHO PRESIDENT PRO TEM OF THE SENATE AND SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE Thousands of AARP members as well as others across the Gem State will have the opportunity to participate in a “telephone town hall” meeting with Idaho President Pro Tem of the Senate Brent Hill and Speaker of the House Scott Bedke. AARP Idaho state director Lupe Wissel will moderate the call and take questions via telephone regarding upcoming elections, the current …

— Boise, ID – In Idaho, more than 200,000 hardworking family caregivers are performing largely unnoticed but critical at-home medical services on family members and loved ones. Institutions and healthcare professional play a role in helping Idahoans live independently, but family caregivers in the Gem State are equally important by contributing an estimated $2 billion worth of unpaid care. These complex medical tasks can include managing injections, helping with assistive devices, operating equipment, wound care and more.  Without the proper instruction …