— 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!

— AARP Idaho is taking part in “Be the Difference. Vote,” a multifaceted campaign designed to maximize the influence of Idaho’s 50-plus voters in this year’s elections. In an election year in which a new issue seems to capture the attention of the American electorate every day, one fact remains constant: If candidates want to win, they’d better pay attention to older voters. The campaign seeks to get the largest possible turnout of voters age 50-plus to the polls in the …

— Live jazz will energize Idaho’s fall season when the popular Sun Valley Jazz & Music Festival returns for its 29th year. More than 200 musicians and 40 bands will perform at Sun Valley venues for five days starting Wednesday, Oct. 17. Professional instructors will also offer free dance lessons. The festival draws thousands of fans from across the country, but for AARP members there’s a special deal: Members and up to three guests get a 10 percent discount on one-day …

— More than 200,000 Idahoans care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their homes and communities, where they want to be. A labor of love, family caregiving can be exhausting and overwhelming. That doesn’t change on Election Day. It can be incredibly difficult for many family caregivers to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities to get to the local polling station. And if a caregiver’s loved one …

— Idahoans invited to attend and ask their questions on November 10th Thousands of AARP members as well as other citizens across the state will have the opportunity to participate in a “telephone town hall” meeting with Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter and Idaho Lieutenant Governor Brad Little. AARP Idaho state director Lupe Wissel will moderate the call and take questions via telephone regarding recent election results, healthcare coverage and other issues important to the 50+ in Idaho. AARP will call …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Grumbling at the TV and grousing about politics doesn’t accomplish much, so AARP Idaho is offering an alternative: Members across the state are invited to participate in a survey that aims to gauge which issues, programs and services are most important to Idahoans age 50-plus. The results will help the AARP state office set priorities for advocacy in the 2016 legislative session and plan programs throughout the year. The questions focus on issues such as Social Security, Medicare, fraud prevention, …