— 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!

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— 2019 Legislature – Advocacy Activity 3/1/2019 During the first week after crossover one of the bills that would enhance Home and Community Based Care in the state was heard in front of the Senate Human Services Committee. House Bill 1033 would allow private home care agencies to work in the area of case management (well, they can already work there but are not eligible to be paid by the state through Medicaid). AARP supports the idea because it helps more …

— Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “Americans are paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “It’s time for pharmaceutical companies …

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— AARP members and their guests are invited to a free screening of “Instant Family” Monday, March 25, in Bismarck, and Tuesday, March 26, in Minot and Grand Forks. When Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child, but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids …

— If you’re not currently a caregiver, you likely will be one in the future or need the help of a caregiver yourself at some point in your life. Join a series of caregiving telephone town halls beginning in March hosted by AARP North Dakota. All North Dakotans are welcome to participate, especially those people who are currently caregivers, those who anticipate becoming a caregiver, and those who receive care from a family member or friend. The first telephone town hall …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 6 p.m. CT You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

— Healthy living is within your reach, and there are practical steps you can take right now to stay healthy or improve your wellness. Join AARP North Dakota to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle. You’ll gain access to information and resources on ways to live a more healthy life as you age. There is no cost to attend this lunch and learn, but registration is required. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at each location. The …

— AARP is accepting applications for the 2019 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. Last year in North Dakota, Grand Forks, Buxton and Hettinger were each recipients of Community Challenge grants. There were 26 applications received from North Dakota. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and …

— Learn How to Leverage Your Skills and Experience at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Age-Proof Your Career: A Two-Part Interactive Webinar Part 1: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 6 p.m. CT Part 2: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 6 p.m. CT As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your company or thinking about a career change, you want to increase your competitiveness with confidence. Sign …

— Whether the scam involves phony winnings from a fake sweepstakes or a threat to have you arrested for supposed nonpayment of taxes, information is the key to foiling scam artists. Attend this Fraud Watch lunch and learn to hear about the most prevalent scams locally, what to watch out for, and proactive steps you can take to protect yourself. There is no cost to attend this lunch and learn, but registration is required. Call 1-877-926-8300 or register online below by …

— Ellen Schafer of Bismarck has been appointed to the AARP North Dakota Executive Council, and Dr. Michael Worner of Fargo has been reappointed to the Executive Council for a second two-year term. Schafer is a highly-skilled career professional who worked 35 years as a registered nurse and nine years as a licensed practical nurse in hospital, nursing home, clinic, and home health and hospice environments. She worked as a medical oncology nurse for 25 years of her career. Schafer has …

— Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50+ have never looked back since they got their first driver’s license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. By taking a driver safety course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn how …