— 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 Idaho We hope you’ll join us!

— 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 …

— AARP and YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) today announced they will partner in 10 U.S. communities to create and deliver programming and local events focused on the health and well-being of residents of all ages.  AARP and Y-USA said the communities were selected in order to reach a variety of people, cultures, and community sizes. They are: Asheville, NC; Bismarck, ND; Treasure Valley, ID; Burlington, VT; Colorado Springs, CO; Long Island, NY; Houston, TX; Jacksonville, FL; Rapid City, SD, and …

— 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, Idaho – AARP Idaho and AARP Foundation are donating $10,000 to help rebuild homes destroyed by north Idaho wildfires in last summer. The Clearwater Complex, composed of five separate fires, burned more than 68,000 acres and damaged or destroyed more than 60 homes in Clearwater, Lewis, Idaho and Nez Perce Counties. Idaho Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Idaho VOAD) will use the funds to help with the long-term recovery efforts currently underway. This includes residential repair, residential construction, occupational support and …

—  “A good day was filled with joy and laughter. The tough time was exhaustion—the constant lifting and lack of sleep,” Yvette, Boise, ID. Yvette, age 55, has epilepsy. She cared for her parents while working, raising two children and helping with her much younger sister, Jocelyn. Her mother, Donna, had multiple sclerosis, and her father, LeeRoy, a veteran, was paralyzed from a stroke. AARP believes family caregivers stories, like Yvette’s, aren’t celebrated nearly enough. Because of their tireless efforts, older …

— You’ve probably seen the ironic bumper stickers claiming “Dog is My Copilot.” It may be a play on words, but it’s also frequently true, especially during the holiday season. Idahoans all over the state will be making the rural-trek to see family and friends, with their “furry copilot.” According to the American Pet Product Manufacturers Association, 84 percent of pet owners say they take their pets on the road with them. Sure, Fido may love the wind in his face …

— Emergency Caregiving Respite (ECR) is a respite care program designed to assist 24/7 family caregivers. Through ECR any Idaho caregiver providing 24/7 care to any person of any age (child, adult or elder) is eligible to apply for funding. Facts Respite care is an intermittent period of relief for primary caregivers so that s/he may take a break from the continual responsibilities of caregiving.  ECR is a short-term period of relief when there is an unforeseen emergency or crisis or …

— Join AARP Idaho this summer for the Idaho Botanical Garden 2015 Great Garden Escape Summer Live Music Series. Show your AARP membership card at the entrance to receive a discounted admission! Concerts are Thursday evenings, running from June through September. Garden Events: June (6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.): 4th- Muzzie & Billy Braun 18th – Soul Patch 25th – Hoochie Coochie Men   July (6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.): 2nd – Bread …

— Disaster rarely gives you a heads up, and can take many unexpected forms. Everyone should have a plan of action, but some Americans can be particularly vulnerable during times of uncertainty. It’s important to keep this in mind when forming an effective plan, and to consider your personal needs. Disaster preparation is more than storing water and food, and every situation requires a different solution. On our recent episode of  AARP Live, our panel of experts shared important information to help you and your loved …

— Property taxes can be burdensome to people living on fixed incomes, and consumer advocates are concerned that more than half of Idahoans eligible for tax relief fail to apply. AARP Idaho is urging qualified citizens not to leave money on the table. The state offers property tax reductions ranging from $150 to $1,320 for people whose income is below $29,100, and who also are widowed; who are over age 65; who are former hostages, prisoners of war or other qualified …