— Do you need a will? Chances are you do. Estate planning, trusts, wills and power of attorney can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Hear from the experts at AARP and start preparing for your future today. Join AARP Live on RFD-TV, Thursday July 17 at 8pm MTN. Watch online HERE! Proper estate planning is one of the most important things you can do for your loved ones but confusing legal documents and difficult decisions often cause the …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— Thousands of Idahoans who could lower their property tax bills are bypassing the opportunity. About 55,000 homeowners with less than $30,050 in annual income could qualify for the Circuit Breaker program, but barely half of them apply. The AARP state office and the Idaho Tax Commission are working to raise awareness of the program and to spread the word about eligibility. Idahoans may qualify for a reduction of as much as $1,320 on their home and up to one acre …

— In the legislative session that begins Jan. 8, AARP Idaho is urging state lawmakers to pass the Idaho Family Caregiver Act, which would help caregivers confidently perform medical or nursing tasks when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The bill would let every hospital patient designate a family caregiver and would require hospitals to make reasonable efforts to show those caregivers how to perform follow-up care. Other legislative priorities include creating a way for small-business employees to …

—   The U.S. Senate is considering a measure to deny states the flexibility they need to set up retirement savings options if they so choose. House Joint Resolution 66 repeals an important Department of Labor rule providing guidance to states desiring to work with small business owners to set up retirement savings programs for their employees. AARP Idaho will be hosting Idaho Treasurer Ron Crane to discuss this and other important financial topics through Facebook live. This will be an …

— AARP Idaho has been at the Idaho Capitol this week supporting some great measures to help the 50+. We testified in the Senate Transportation Committee on Thursday in favor of Senate Bill 1121 which creates a funding mechanism for future distribution to the Safe Routes to School Healthy Kids Program from potential state or other funding that will be deposited in the fund created by the State Treasury and distributed by the Local Highway Technical Assistance Council. This is a great start …

— Many low-income homeowners in Idaho are leaving money on the table by failing to take advantage of a property-tax break. AARP research shows that fewer than half of those eligible for the state’s property-tax-reduction program actually apply for it. AARP Idaho is working with the Idaho State Tax Commission to inform state residents about the program. For qualified applicants, property taxes on their home and up to one acre of land could be reduced by as much as $1,320. Homeowners …

— Boise, ID — New analysis conducted by AARP shows that 806,000 Idaho workers who are paying into Social Security today stand to lose 25 percent of their benefits if the President and Congress don’t act. While the revenue shortfall faced by the Social Security system that could result in cuts is not imminent, in June, the Social Security Trustees reported that the trust fund would run dry in 2034. After that time, across-the-board cuts of nearly 25 percent would take …

— AARP Idaho and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are hosting two Encore Entrepreneur events in July to help Idahoans age 50-plus start or grow a new business. The workshops offer opportunities for budding entrepreneurs to get information and connect with mentors who have small-business experience. The events are in Boise, July 19, 9 to 10:30 a.m., and Pocatello, July 20, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Community leaders will be on hand, along with counselors and mentors from SBA and SCORE, …

—   In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, the Idaho Department of Finance and the Idaho Commission on Aging spotlight the importance of safeguarding Idaho’s senior population by keeping a watchful eye for signs of elder financial exploitation and promptly reporting possible abuse to appropriate officials. Elder financial abuse is rising with the rapid aging of the North American population, due in part to the amount of wealth seniors have accumulated throughout their careers and their …