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

— AARP North Dakota and the Red River Rainbow Seniors are co-sponsoring a series of lounge and learns of particular interest to the LGBT community. All three lounge and learns are from 5:30-7 p.m. and will be held at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required. A light meal and refreshments will be provided. These sessions are designed especially for the LGBT population and their loved ones. Anyone interested is welcome to …

— In a newly released AARP poll, North Dakota voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over health care and personal finance issues. The poll found that health care and Social Security are critically important issues to 50-plus voters as they cast their ballots this fall, and a strong majority (79 percent) believe it is unfair to deny coverage or charge those with pre-existing conditions more for health care. The survey is part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. …

— While the job of family caregiver is important and rewarding, it also can be overwhelming, stressful and often times can take its toll on the caregiver’s health. Attend this lunch and learn where a panel of local experts will share information on how to balance your work and life and take care of yourself. We’ll also share insights from AARP’s caregiving expert Amy Goyer. At some point in our lives, we will all become caregivers or need the help of …

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— Join us for a free screening of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at West Acres Cinema in Fargo or the Grand Theaters in Bismarck. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville’s latest documentary takes an intimate look at America’s favorite neighbor: Mister Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this documentary is an emotional and moving film that takes you beyond zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into …

— Check out the September AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Televised North Dakota Candidate Debates. Free document shredding. September “Get to Know Social Security” events. Upcoming Coffee and Conversations in Rugby, Mayville, Cavalier, and Valley City. Monthly legislative update calls with Advocacy Director Mike Chaussee. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. Volunteer recognition lunches. Be the difference and pledge to vote in November. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by mail every month, email your USPS address to lhalvorson@aarp.org. …

— AARP members are invited to join us for coffee and conversation when we are in your neighborhood. The locations we plan to be at before the end of the year are listed below. Check back here for updates on locations in each community. A volunteer leader from AARP North Dakota’s Executive Council will moderate the 60-90 minute conversation. We’ll spend just a few minutes talking about our work to support family caregivers in North Dakota, health care, and some of …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6 p.m. CT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 6 p.m. CT You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— AARP North Dakota is sponsoring candidate debates beginning Sept. 4 on Prairie Public Broadcasting. The debates feature candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Public Service Commission, and Secretary of State. Here is the debate schedule. All of the debates will be broadcast live on Prairie Public’s television network and all times are Central. Public Service Commission Unexpired 2-year-term Casey Buchmann (D) and Brian Kroshus (R) 7-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 Public Service Commission 6-year-term Jean Brandt …

— The AARP North Dakota State Office is undergoing an office “refresh.” The office is closed until September 17 and all staff are teleworking until then. If you need to reach a member of the AARP North Dakota team, here are their email addresses and cell phone numbers. Thank you for your patience! Josh Askvig: jaskvig@aarp.org or 701-9890129 Mike Chaussee: mchaussee@aarp.org 0r 701-390-0161 Lyle Halvorson: lhalvorson@aarp.org or 701-220-5613 Wendy Hogue: whogue@aarp.org or 701-220-2875 Doreen Riedman: driedman@aarp.org or 701-220-3833  

— AARP North Dakota has scheduled the annual volunteer recognition lunches for Oct. 3 in Bismarck and Oct. 4 in Fargo. All AARP North Dakota volunteers are encouraged to save the date, and plan to attend at the location nearest you. This year’s program will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 2 p.m. This is our opportunity to formally recognize and thank our outstanding volunteers for their year-long efforts. The program will include the presentation of the Andrus Award for …