— 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 Montana. We hope you’ll join us!

— The Season of Giving is Also the Season of Scams  As we enter the holiday season, once again it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Watch out for deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes …

— Congress did a good thing earlier this year when it passed a law to help America’s seniors pay less for their prescription drugs. But now, big drug companies are spending millions trying to strong-arm members of Congress into breaking the deal just to boost their own profits. This would be a terrible blow to seniors. More than 40 million older Americans rely on the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit to help them pay for life-saving medicines. Unfortunately, an increasing …

— AARP and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Team Up for ‘Operation Protect Veterans’ New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Nonveterans The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service today jointly announced the launch of Operation Protect Veterans — a national campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice …

— Personal narratives can be a powerful way to connect with lawmakers on important priorities. AARP Montana is seeking caregiver accounts to share during the four-month biennial legislative session that begins Jan. 7. In the new session, AARP Montana will urge legislators to support programs for family caregivers and strengthen the law that incorporates standards of the 2017 Uniform Guardianship Act, which protects vulnerable older adults. Court-monitored guardianship can give family caregivers the tools they need to make important decisions on …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5 p.m. MT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

—   Minkie Medora selected as recipient of 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service   AARP Montana announced that Minkie Medora of Missoula was selected to receive the 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award.  Each year AARP honors the legacy of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. This award is a symbol of the power of individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. The …

— November AARP Bulletin Special Report: Are Social Security Benefits Safe? AARP dispels myths and reveals financial health of America’s “most important” federal program. A special report in the November issue of AARP Bulletin reveals important truths about Social Security, how it works, and its financial health. In the publication, AARP takes a deep dive into the current and future state of Social Security and addresses people’s misconceptions and questions – like whether you can change your mind about collecting benefits (you can, …

— We’re proud to help those who defended America by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP The AARP family would like to say thank you this Veterans Day to those who have served in America’s armed forces, and to say we appreciate your sacrifices. We’re also aware that military families deal with some unique problems. At least 4 million of our members are in the military or are veterans. One thing we’ve learned about those in the military, or with an armed services background, is that they …

— The Montana State Legislature meets for only 90 days every two years, with the next session beginning Jan. 7. AARP Montana encourages residents of all ages to get involved in the legislative process by signing up to be an e-activist. Once enrolled, volunteers will receive email alerts encouraging them to contact their legislators to urge action on specific bills or other issues that come before the legislature. High on AARP’s list of priorities are support for measures that assist caregivers, …

— Usually a treat for children, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year. AARP offers tips to stay safe with free downloadable tip sheet.  Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for children, but also one of the most dangerous.  Except for the 4th of July, more fires are reported on Halloween than any other day of the year.  According to the United States Fire Administration, on Halloween, and the night before, suspicious structure …