— 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 Nebraska for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— LB693 would crack down on bogus caller IDs  AARP, the nation’s strongest voice for people age 50 and older, has announced support for a Nebraska bill to curb scam phone calls originating from fake caller ID numbers. LB693, the Neighbor Spoofing Protection Act, introduced by Sen. Steve Halloran, would ban callers from sending deceptive caller ID information to phones “with the intent to defraud, cause harm or wrongfully obtain anything of value.” The Nebraska Public Service Commission could fine violators …

— AARP is supporting a bill in the Nebraska Legislature to shine light on the cost of manufacturing prescription drugs. LB567, the Prescription Drug Cost Transparency Act introduced by Sen. Adam Morfeld, requires drug companies to notify insurance companies, health providers and others at least 60 days in advance when the wholesale cost of a drug is scheduled to increase more than 16 percent. Bob Lassen, a retired pharmacist and AARP Nebraska volunteer, told the Health and Human Services Committee at …

— AARP, the nation’s strongest voice for people age 50 and older, has endorsed legislation to help provide Nebraskans with the workplace flexibility they need to care for their loved ones without putting their jobs and finances in jeopardy. LB 311, the Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act, offers paid leave to Nebraska workers to care for themselves or a family member with a serious health condition, a new child, or a military family member preparing for or returning from …

— Online Dating Scams Along with the rise in dating website use, there comes a rise in online dating scams. Scammers create fake profiles, build relationships with individuals through the dating site, and then attempt to steal their money and disappear. You can spot a con artist quickly by recognizing a few red flags: They might propose chatting offline or profess their feelings for you before getting to know you. They may offer to visit if you can help cover travel …

—  Carol Knaub of Gering has been selected to receive AARP Nebraska’s highest volunteer award. She is the 17th volunteer to be honored with the annual AARP Nebraska Andrus Award for Community Service since 2002. AARP Nebraska selected Knaub for her exceptional record of service, and for the impact she has had on the lives of others and the community she serves. The award will be formally presented to Knaub at a 10 a.m. ceremony on Oct. 25 at the main …

— By Dave Holmquist, AARP Nebraska State President How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security …

— Today, in Nebraska more than 300,000 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. Before President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 53 years ago this month, fewer than 25 percent of older Americans had meaningful health insurance. Even a minor illness could propel them into bankruptcy or send them into a life of poverty. Thankfully, the deal that was struck with Americans in 1965 – pay into Medicare throughout your working life …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Projects may range in …

— AARP Nebraska and Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation will host a special program featuring identity theft and consumer fraud expert Eva Velasquez in Grand Island and Lincoln April 10 and in Ralston April 11. The program, “Stop the Heist: Protect Your Identity from Thieves,” is free and open to the public. See registration details below. Velasquez is president of the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and a leading authority on consumer protection, identity theft, privacy, scams and fraud. …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they are due. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. Volunteer tax preparers, …