— Now that summer is here, scams across Montana are starting to heat up. Here are some of the schemes con-artists are using and a few other things to be aware of. Concerts are especially popular during summer months. Scammers have found a way to use this to their advantage. Make sure to always buy your tickets from a reputable source!  Be on the lookout for any ticket sellers that tell a sad story about why they can’t use their tickets, …

— More than 118,000 Montanans 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 …

— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

— Impostor-turned-security expert Frank Abagnale is coming to Helena in August to share tips on how to avoid fraud. An FBI consultant for more than 40 years, Abagnale previously was a con artist whose youthful exploits were depicted in the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can. AARP Montana is sponsoring his presentation on Thursday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m., at the Helena Civic Center Auditorium. The event is free, but registration is required at aarp.cvent.com/AbagnaleAugust2018 or by calling 877-926-8300 toll-free. …

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— Be Wary of Door-to-Door Home Security Sales The summer months unleash door-to-door sales agents across the country. We’ve received reports of a scam run by con artists claiming to be from home security companies. While many home security companies conduct legitimate business using door-to-door sales agents, be wary of anyone using high-pressure tactics or creating a false sense of urgency – common traits of a scam! How It Works: It may be a scam if an agent comes to your …

— Montanans across Big Sky Country invited to the largest free summer event in Montana; Award-winning music of the Star Wars films comes to the Big Sky!  AARP Montana is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the 15th Annual Symphony Under the Stars concert event and fireworks show on Saturday, July 21 at 8:30 PM on the campus of Carroll College. With this year’s theme of “Star Wars,” the Helena Symphony Orchestra will feature the award-winning music of the Star Wars …

—     World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15 APS Bureau Chief Michael Hagenlock said elder abuse refers to intentional or negligent acts by a caregiver or trusted individual that causes harm to an older person. It takes many forms, including: neglect or isolation, physical abuse, sexual abuse, financial abuse and exploitation, emotional or psychological abuse (including verbal abuse and threats.) APS is an investigation unit designed to protect the vulnerable adults, and provide protective services through support by …

— AARP members and other guests are invited to a free screening of LEAN ON PETE, starring Steve Buscemi, Chloe Sevigny and Charlie Plummer. After a series of hard knocks, 15-year old Charley Thompson finds acceptance and camaraderie at a local racetrack caring for an aging Quarter Horse named Lean on Pete. When he discovers Pete is bound for slaughter, they embark on an odyssey across the new American Frontier in search of a loving aunt Charley hasn’t seen in years. Together, they experience adventure …

— Helena, Mont., June 1, 2018 – After a 5-month intensive search, AARP Montana is pleased to announce the selection of Mike Batista as its new associate state director of advocacy and outreach. In this role, Batista will serve as the advocacy lead for AARP in Montana with direct responsibility for federal, regional and state advocacy, government relations and policy issues.  Additionally, Batista will work on outreach initiatives designed to enhance awareness and community relationships, while identifying and engaging volunteers in …

— Our Two-Part Online Q&A Session Can Help You Stay Up-to-Date Staying Connected, Competitive and Current in Your Career Part 1: Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 5 –5:30 p.m. MT Part 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5 – 5:30 p.m. MT From job search to daily job requirements, technology now plays a role in virtually every career. Have your skills kept pace? Maybe you’re looking to change careers or advance in your current job. Or perhaps you haven’t had a job in …