— 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!

— Welcome to the AARP “Passport to Healthy Living” program. Join us at one or more of these free events in the Bismarck-Mandan area that focus on health and wellness. You’ll have a chance to meet new people, have some fun, enjoy new experiences, and live a more healthy life. Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboard Demo 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 Harmon Lake Recreation Area, 3244 Harmon Lake Road, Mandan Learn the basics of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, including the …

— Medicare contributes $1.3 billion to North Dakota’s economy, equivalent to 12 percent of state and local government spending in the state, according to a new report from AARP. Medicare also covers 116,951 beneficiaries in the state. Older Americans have said Medicare is one of their top issues in the 2018 mid-term elections, and AARP North Dakota is working to encourage voter participation this election season. “Medicare is a major economic engine in our state’s economy, as well as a key …

— Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving expert and author of “Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving,” will be the featured speaker at AARP North Dakota’s lunch and learns Nov. 14 in Bismarck and Nov. 15 in Fargo. Goyer is a nationally known expert on aging and families, specializing in family caregiving, grandparenting, and multigenerational issues. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for and serving older adults and families. A recognized media authority, she has appeared on Good Morning America, …

— As summer temperatures rise, staying cool can become a necessity for seniors and people with certain medical conditions. Cooling assistance is available for qualifying households through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “Extreme heat and humidity can create health and safety issues for older adults and other individuals with certain medical conditions,” said Michele Gee, director of the Department of Human Services’ Economic Assistance Division. “This program provides extra help to vulnerable individuals who need to stay safe …

— Check out the July AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Frank Abagnale identity theft presentation in Fargo. Upcoming healthy living program events in Bismarck-Mandan. July 18 Movie Night in Fargo. July 18 Coffee and conversation in New Town. Monthly legislative update calls with Advocacy Director Mike Chaussee. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. Volunteer Fraud Fighters needed. Scams Cropping Up Around New Medicare Cards. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by mail every month, email your USPS address to …

— For three days in July, athletes aged 50 and better will compete in arenas across Fargo during the North Dakota Senior Games. From July 26-28, both teams and individuals – hailing from North Dakota and surrounding states – will prove they still have what it takes in over 18 different sporting events. This year, they can also qualify for the National Senior Games. Classics like tennis, golf, and bowling always have great competitors. Those wanting a less common pursuit can …

— 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 …

— Starting in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, including 126,000 in North Dakota. Instead of a Social Security number, the new card will have a Medicare number that’s unique to each person with Medicare. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost …

— As bitter cold temperatures settle in, most families are turning up their thermostats to stay warm. For some low- and fixed-income households, cranking up the heat is not always an option. The North Dakota Department of Human Services reminds people that help is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program pays a portion of home heating costs for qualifying low-income households. Older adults, people with disabilities, and families with children age five and younger …

— AARP is encouraging Medicare beneficiaries to read their annual Notice of Change and to review their health and prescription drug plan options for 2018 during Medicare Open Enrollment October 15 – December 7. Given the trend in high prescription medication prices, consumers are advised to pay close attention to their Medicare Part D drug plan options to help save money. Medicare plans often change their cost-sharing and coverage benefits every year. However, insurers must notify all their enrollees of any …