— By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington This session the House and Senate both have slim Democratic majorities in Olympia, changing committee leadership and impacting the kinds of bills that move forward. There are many challenges facing lawmakers including large investments in school funding, along with increased spending for housing and mental health.  Additionally, the state may have to quickly respond to federal decisions impacting health programs under the Affordable Care Act like continued funding for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance …

— “It’s only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” ~ Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP Founder AARP is more active than ever in your community. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for people aged 50-plus, with more than 950,000 members in Washington state, we provide information and resources on issues that matter most to you, your family and your friends. At AARP, one of our most valuable assets is our amazing team of volunteers. Through education, advocacy …

— Did you know that AARP has volunteers and staff in your community, trying to live up to founder Ethel Percy Andrus’ goal “to serve and not be served?” We are having fun with a purpose: working on issues that matter to you and your families. We’re working with local leaders to help make your community an even better place to live, work and play. We’re advocating on your behalf for issues that impact your financial security and your future. We’re …

— Kirkland resident, Art Mussman has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2017 AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Washington selected Art for his remarkable service which has greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Art spent nearly a quarter of a century in the Air Force serving our country. But …

— We’re all too familiar with how pervasive scams are in today’s marketplace.  Whether it’s the IRS Imposter Scam, the Tech Support Scam, or that winning lottery check waiting for you – just pay shipping and handling… But according to a new survey, con artists may be saving the worst of their pitches for a special group of Americans – those who have served our country. The new nationwide survey by AARP shows that military veterans are falling prey to scams …

— By Dana E. Neuts Last year, Lucia Bodenheimer’s husband was diagnosed with the early stages of dementia. A friend referred her to Elder Services, part of the statewide Family Caregiver Support Program. Bodenheimer, 78, of Spokane, now attends twice-monthly meetings to discuss concerns and get support from fellow caregivers. “I found myself in a situation I knew nothing about,” she said. “I felt like I was drowning and I needed a life jacket. This supplied that life jacket with a …

— King County voters this November will be asked to renew Proposition 1, “The King County Veterans, Seniors, and Human Services Levy,” an effort to expand our commitment to strengthening communities. Since 2012, the Levy has served nearly 35,000 King County residents a year. For about eight cents more a day for the typical homeowner, the renewed levy will provide vital services like job training, employment opportunities, and housing stability to veterans, seniors, domestic violence survivors, and more. The Levy extends …

— Most of us are aware of phishing, emails from scammers trying to get our personal information or to buy into a scam, however, voice mail and text messages are on the rise as a mode for scammers. SMiShing Smishing is short for “SMS phishing.”  Put simply, smishing is any kind of phishing that involves a text message. Often times, this form of phishing involves a text message in an SMS or a phone number. Smishing is particularly scary because sometimes …

— Last year, 13.1 million Americans were the victims of identity theft- that is one person victimized every 2 seconds. That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding trucks for free disposal. AARP and BECU members can safely destroy documents containing sensitive and personal information, as well as recycle unwanted TVs, computers, computer monitors, laptops and cell phones on Saturday, October 21.. Bring your documents and electronics to locations …

— What should the future of Seattle look like? How can we make the city a place where people of all ages can be healthy, independent and part of a vibrant community? If you missed the debate broadcast, there is still time to watch candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon as they share their views on issues like safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for residents to connect and engage in the community life of our city no matter their …