— 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!

— Join us for an AARP Idaho town meeting with Senator Mike Crapo You’re invited to join us for a telephone town hall meeting with Idaho Senator Mike Crapo. This live and interactive call is your opportunity to ask the Senator questions via telephone on the national debt, budget, Social Security, Medicare or other issues. The hour long conversation begins at 6:10 p.m. (Mountain Time) on Wednesday, August 24th. Participants can join dialing toll free                         (877) 229-8493 and entering …

— Over 50% of those 65+ in the US rely on Social Security for most of their family income.  Though America has evolved over the last 80 years, Social Security has not.  With no change to current policy and spending, Social Security can only continue to pay out full benefits until 2034. It’s important that our future president has a plan to keep Social Security strong for generations to come. That’s why AARP has asked presidential candidates to Take A Stand …

— Francoise Cleveland has joined the Idaho office of AARP as the Associate State Director of Advocacy working within the organization’s structure to provide state and federal government relations, grassroots organizing, and community outreach. Previously, Francoise served as District Director in Idaho for the U.S. Senate where she was responsible for policy and constituent issues in the district and served as spokesperson for legislative matters. She also served two tours as a congressional intern in the U.S. Senate.  Francoise is well …

—   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 …

— Today, volunteers and staff from Idaho head to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff have carried crucial asks: AARP Idaho advocates asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, and the Credit for Caring Act and …

— Think your identity won’t be stolen?  Neither did the staggering number of people who had their identity stolen last year! Want to learn more about how to protect yourself from Fraud? Watch AARP Live on Thursday, May 19 at 8pm MT with fraud expert Frank Abagnale! Frank Abagnale, once one of the world’s most famous con artist, has worked with the FBI as a nationally renowned expert on identity theft and fraud schemes for the last 40 years.  Now he’s joining forces with …

— As part of the fight against fraud and identity theft, AARP Idaho’s 2016 Shred Fest certainly proved its worth. AARP members descended on City Hall West in Boise to shred personal financial documents and other sensitive records. Before the event began, over 30 cars lined up to be the first in line. Over the next three hours, more than 500 cars pulled through delivering 800 boxes to be shredded. In total, AARP’s 2016 Shred Fest in Boise destroyed 16,000 pounds …

— The University of Idaho will honor two former employees and loyal Vandals with the Idaho Treasure Award on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. The honor recognizes retired university faculty and staff members and their family for their contributions of leadership and service to the university. This year’s recipients are Thomas F. and Jo Ann S. Trail. The award will be presented at noon Thursday, Nov. 19, during the 2015 Idaho Treasure Award Luncheon at the Best Western Plus University Inn in …

— Boise, ID— In AARP’s latest survey on brain health, it found that although virtually every adult age 40 and over (98%) believes it is important to maintain or improve their brain health, only about half (56%) are doing one of the two most important activities to support their brain health—engaging in exercise and eating a healthy diet. According to a 2011 study by the Mayo Clinic and a 2010 study published in the Nature Reviews Neuroscience Journal, engaging in aerobic …

— AARP is pleased to announce the appointment of Lupe Wissel as state director for AARP Idaho. Wissel will join the Idaho office on Oct. 12. After serving more than 10 years with the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and working more than 14 years on Capitol Hill, Wissel returns home to Idaho to continue as a leading advocate on behalf of older adults and their families. She has a long-standing record of working with various organizations at the local, …