— For over four decades, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists and now he’s coming to Fargo on Tuesday, July 24, to help us learn how to spot and avoid scams so we can protect our families. As one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, Abagnale has joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline …

— RaeAnn Johnson of Grand Forks and Cindy Yale of Burlington have been appointed to the AARP North Dakota Executive Council. Johnson has been a social worker since 1985. She has spent most of her career working at the Northeast Human Service Center in Grand Forks. Since 1991 she has served as a vocational rehabilitation counselor and as a program administrator. In her work at the Human Service Center, Johnson recruited and managed volunteers through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, …

— To recognize their integral work to support family caregivers in North Dakota, AARP named Senator Judy Lee, West Fargo, Representative Kathy Hogan, Fargo, and Representative Jay Seibel, Beulah, as 2017 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of nearly 100 elected officials from more than 30 states. These leaders have advanced policies to support family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community. “AARP thanks Senator Lee and Representatives Hogan and Seibel …

— Marlys Hlavinka of Mayville will be presented with the 2017 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service during a volunteer recognition luncheon Oct. 12 in Fargo. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service and symbolizes that individuals have the power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others. The award is given to one North Dakotan annually. Other 2017 Andrus Award nominees who will be recognized at the luncheon are Kim …

— The City of Bismarck is the recipient of an AARP grant totaling $12,610 as part of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and enhance quality of life for people of all ages at the community level. Bismarck is among 89 grants totaling $780,000 awarded to projects across all 50 states and the District of Columbia to make communities more livable for people of all ages. “AARP’s Livable Communities initiative supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural …

— Although she walked in the University of Mary graduation ceremony April 29, Bismarck resident Cassidy Kraft has one more task to complete before earning her degree in mass communication, with a minor in marketing. Kraft began a 13-week internship June 5 at AARP North Dakota. She will focus on communication projects including; social media, volunteer recruitment, campaign planning and implementation, and event planning. During her experience at the University of Mary, Kraft was an editor for the school newspaper, completed …

— 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 …

— Kathi Schwan of West Fargo has been named the new state president of AARP in North Dakota – the highest state-level volunteer position within the organization. The volunteer state president chairs the state executive council and works in partnership with the state director to provide vision and leadership for AARP’s work in the state. The state president is also responsible for helping to build partnerships with other organizations and serves as the principal AARP volunteer spokesperson in the state. “I …

— In just the past month, several elderly North Dakotans have fallen victim to the “grandparent” scam, each losing thousands of dollars to scam artists who pretended to be a grandchild supposedly in a dire situation and in desperate need of money. The grandparent scam is one of the common “imposter” scams that have been circulating in the state for several years, along with the Fake IRS call and the phony Sweepstakes/Lottery win. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued numerous warnings …

— By Doreen Riedman Associate State Director – Community Outreach AARP is fortunate to have so many dedicated volunteers here in North Dakota, making life better for everyone in communities across the state in many ways. Volunteers lead the Tax-Aide and Driver Safety programs, and we have legislative volunteers and community volunteers who assist with events and projects. In addition, during the past year nearly 50 volunteers were trained to be Fraud Fighters and Life Reimagined Guides, empowering them with valuable …