— 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!

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, June 1, in Minot and Grand Forks. A shredding truck will be at each location between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Minot event will be held in the south parking lot at the Minot Municipal Auditorium, 420 3rd Ave. SW. The Grand Forks event …

— Emergency respite funding for eligible North Dakota caregivers is now available through the Lifespan Respite Care Grant. The purpose of the Lifespan Emergency Respite Care Grant Service is to offer the funding and resources to support caregivers of children with special needs or of adults who have an urgent need for respite care in the absence of any other funding sources. Caregivers, for the purpose of the grant, include: family members (including spouses and parents), foster parents, or other adults …

— 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. This year AARP North Dakota is hosting a series of caregiving telephone town halls to help support North Dakota family caregivers. If you missed our first telephone town hall on March 12, you can watch and listen to it here. We covered three main topic areas: what resources are available to caregivers …

— 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 has a group of volunteers from across the state who are trained to be “Fraud Fighters,” and are willing to provide valuable presentations to help protect North Dakotans from fraud and scams. The Fraud Fighters are equipped with resources and up-to-date information to help safeguard against identity theft and other scams. Presentations include information on watchdog alerts, how to spot and avoid scams, and how to protect yourself and your family. If you know of an organization or service …

— The recent cold temperatures may have left some low-income North Dakotans with home heating costs that are higher than their budget can handle. The North Dakota Department of Human Services reminds low-income individuals and families and seniors on limited fixed incomes that help is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program helps qualifying households pay a portion of their home heating costs, whether its natural gas, electricity, propane, coal, fuel oil, wood or kerosene. …

— As the days and nights get colder, some low-income North Dakotans may find the increase in home heating costs beyond what their budget can handle. The North Dakota Department of Human Services is reminding low-income individuals, families, and seniors that help is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications are now being accepted at county social service offices in North Dakota. The federally-funded program helps qualifying households in need of assistance pay a portion of their …

— AARP North Dakota has formed a new Education & Outreach Team to foster education and outreach efforts in communities. By gathering input from this team of people, AARP hopes to learn how best to engage more people in more communities with its programming and events. The team held its first meeting in February. Chair Mike Tomasko looks at the group as a “think tank” that can provide insights as to the needs and wants of the 50-plus population of our …

— North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem this week said the state’s residents are being inundated with scam telephone calls. He warned that scam artists are specifically targeting the state’s senior population, finding new victims with scams that have been circulating for many years. “Unfortunately, despite repeated warnings about these scams, we receive reports every week from victims, many of whom have lost hundreds of dollars. Almost without exception, the recent victims have been older North Dakotans,” said Parrell Grossman, director …

— Even during the holiday season, fraudsters don’t give up trying to scam you out of your money. In fact, because this is a season of giving for many, you could find yourself donating to fake charities. The AARP Fraud Watch Network is designed to give you access to information to help protect you and your family from identity theft, fraud and scams. It’s free and open to everyone – members, non-members and people of all ages – and it allows …