— 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!

—  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, …

— Are you concerned about the future of your healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act? You are invited to join us for community conversations across Nebraska to learn how proposed changes in health care coverage through the insurance exchange could affect you and your family. The sessions are aimed at Nebraskans ages 50-64 who don’t have employer-sponsored insurance and are eligible to enroll in ACA health plans. AARP will present the latest information on changes that Congress is considering. You …

—   Back by popular demand for the 12th year, AARP Nebraska and Shred-It will host a free community shredding day in Omaha on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at The Center Mall on 42nd and Center Sts. Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. People can avoid becoming victims of identity theft by shredding confidential documents with personal information, such as cancelled checks, credit card offers, old bank and financial statements and medical bills. The convenient drive-through shredding session will run …

— A new analysis of the Senate’s proposed health care bill shows that older Nebraskans would be forced to pay much higher premiums or go without health insurance coverage. With the proposed spike in premiums and reduced tax credits, known as the age tax, a 60-year old Nebraskan with a $45,000 annual income could have to pay up to $21,740 in 2020. That’s the second highest amount in the nation for this age and income level after Arizona. The new analysis …

— Nebraska ranks 15th among the states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Nebraska include support for working caregivers, a shortage of home care workers; spending on home- and community-based services; and a lack of transportation options.  The findings are reported in a comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support …