— 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 …

— State lawmakers are considering a bill to create permanent Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) in Nebraska. These centers provide one-stop shopping for information about public and private resources that can help people who are 60-plus or who have disabilities continue to live in their homes and communities. ADRCs help control long-term care costs by referring people to appropriate services.  A pilot program has funded three ADRCs across the state since 2015, but funding for that program is set to …

— AARP is urging members of the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee to advance a measure that would help protect the purchasing power of lower- and middle income retirees. LB 738, sponsored by State Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha, would annually adjust Nebraska’s taxation of Social Security benefits for inflation. Under legislation passed in 2014, Nebraskans filing jointly with income up to $58,000 and single filers with income up to $43,000 are exempted from paying state income tax on their Social Security …

— We are delighted to announce that we have hired Jina Ragland as Associate State Director for Advocacy and Outreach with AARP Nebraska. Jina was the Vice President of Advocacy and Regulation with the Nebraska Medical Association for the past 9 years. While there she was involved in the management and oversight of the physician specialty society organizations and was promoted to direct and implement the NMA’s legislative agenda; advocating on behalf of over 3,000 physicians in the state, working closely …

— Residents of central Nebraska can take advantage of a community transit program to catch low-cost rides to medical appointments or to run errands. Public transportation options are scarce in rural areas, as are ride-sharing programs such as Uber and Lyft. As a result, people who don’t drive often rely on family members or friends for transportation or don’t go. But in seven counties—Adams, Buffalo, Dawson, Franklin, Gosper, Hamilton and Kearney—a publicly funded program called Reach Your Destination Easily (RYDE) Transit …

— Kathy Gaines of Omaha has been selected to receive AARP Nebraska’s highest volunteer award. She is the 16th volunteer to be honored with the annual AARP Nebraska Andrus Award for Community Service since 2002. AARP Nebraska selected Gaines for her exceptional record of service, and for the impact she has had on the lives of others and the community she serves. Since 2016, Gaines has volunteered with St. Augustine Indian Mission’s Omaha Nation Outreach Thrift Store at our Lady of …

—  AARP Nebraska announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, which is aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community level. The winning projects include installation of wayfinding signage and benches in Hebron for increased walkability and start-up capital for recruitment and training of drivers for a ride-sharing system serving Kearney residents. Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “AARP …

— The Internet is a gold mine for con artists. Criminals use a variety of scams to defraud Internet users, ranging from simple frauds to complex hacking. You are invited to attend a special AARP Fraud Watch Network program to help you stay ahead of the scammers. Learn about practices that put you at risk and steps you can take to keep your information secure when online. There is no cost for this event including a light meal. Space is limited …

— Take advantage of our April 22 community shredding day in Omaha to fight fraud and ID theft. Bring up to three boxes or bags of documents for secure, on-site shredding. If you don’t need it, shred it! Make time for spring cleaning and safely destroy your unwanted papers. Drive through and drop off your confidential documents and we’ll shred them for you – on the spot. AARP Nebraska is a cosponsor of this FREE community event with the Better Business …