— 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!

— 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 …

— Hettinger, Buxton and Grand Forks are the recipients of a 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications, including 26 from North Dakota, were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. North Dakota communities receiving grants this year are: Hettinger Area …

— In July AARP North Dakota was fortunate to host the world’s leading expert on fraud and scams in Fargo, where he spoke to about 1,000 people. Abagnale also participated in a telephone town hall with thousands of North Dakotans that day. You can listen to that conversation here. Abagnale says there is a victim of identity theft every two seconds. Children are sought-after victims of identity theft because criminals can use their identity for long periods of time before the …

— 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, …

— 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 …

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, October 6, in Fargo and Bismarck. A shredding truck will be at each location and shred documents on site between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Fargo event will be held in the southwest parking lot at West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Ave. S. …

— AARP North Dakota will host six retirement-planning education events in August and September in Minot, Bismarck, Grand Forks and Fargo. The “Get to Know Social Security” events will focus on getting the most out of Social Security in retirement. You’ll also have the opportunity to gather more resources on retirement planning and Medicare. The presenter will be from the Social Security Administration. Surveys by AARP and other groups show that many people are unfamiliar with the workings of Social Security, …

— Bismarck is ranked among the top 10 most livable small cities in the country, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index. The index uses more than 50 national data sources to score every neighborhood and community in the U.S. based on seven categories of livability: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. Users can search the index by address, zip code, or community to find an overall livability score. When the Livability Index was first …

— 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 …