— Do you know a volunteer age 50+ using his or her skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? Honor his or her dedication, commitment, and creativity with AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service and that inspire others to volunteer. Nominations …

— Are you looking for ways to give back to your community, particularly your fellow 50+ Gem Staters?  If so, we would love to share how AARP Idaho is working to ensure that Idaho residents have choice, control and independence through every stage of their lives. Please join us the afternoon of Tuesday, April 4  at 1:15pm MTN for a volunteer team building workshop in our Boise office. This is the first of several opportunities to learn more about AARP Idaho. For a complete …

— Microsoft Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Consumers Have Encountered the Scam   WASHINGTON, D.C. – With U.S. consumers falling victim to the “technical support scam” in greater numbers than ever before, the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched an initiative to raise awareness of the scam and educate consumers about how they can protect themselves. A survey released last month by Microsoft found that over the past year two-thirds of consumers have experienced the tech support scam, in which fraudsters pose …

— New Knowledge Adventures (NKA) is a low-cost, lifelong continuing education program exclusively for older adults designed to offer exceptional learning, exploration and fellowship opportunities in a comfortable and non-competitive academic surrounding. Supported by AARP Idaho, Idaho State University Meridian Health Science Center and the Treasure Valley YMCA, NKA places a shared emphasis of expanding knowledge, staying vital and exploring new ideas in an informal and socially engaging environment. For just $35 per semester participants can sign up for as many classes …

— AARP Idaho members will have an opportunity to ask questions and share their views with U.S. Sen. Michael Crapo (R) in a tele-town hall on April 28 at 11 a.m. Hosted by Mark Estess, AARP state director, the statewide conference call will address issues that affect Idahoans 50-plus and will give them an opportunity to make their voices heard in Washington, D.C. Crapo serves on the Senate Banking, Finance, Environment, Budget and Indian Affairs committees. The conversation will cover topics …

Mark Estess

— Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) has appointed Mark Estess, AARP Idaho state director, to the panel that is working to implement the new health insurance exchange.  Estess will be one of three members designated to represent consumers on the 19-member board that will develop rules for the state exchange. Enrollment in the online marketplace for affordable insurance opens Oct. 1, and it will be running on Jan. 1. Currently 278,000 Idahoans are without affordable health coverage. “The goal of the …

— Boise, Idaho – This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 46th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.  “We are pleased to partner with the Internal Revenue Service to help …

— Boise, Idaho – According to research done by AARP Idaho, just under half of those eligible for property tax reduction in Idaho actually apply for this discount. Therefore, the Idaho State Tax Commission is partnering with AARP Idaho to make more people aware of the benefit that’s available to lower-income seniors and others who qualify. helps “Living on a fixed income is a challenge many Idahoans face,” said Pam Waters, who oversees the Property Tax Reduction Program for the Tax Commission. …

— Boise, Idaho – Tom Trail is a former Idaho State Representative and currently volunteers on AARP Idaho’s Executive Council. This week he received the Legislator of the Year award from the Human Society of the United States. From Lisa Kauffman, Idaho State Director of the Humane Society – “The Humane Society of the United States is pleased to award former Representative Tom Trail with the Legislator of the Year award for his continuous efforts to bring animal welfare legislation to the …