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— The cold of winter has arrived which means that Pierre is a hot bed of activity as the 2018 South Dakota legislative session has begun.  Once again, AARP South Dakota’s presence in Pierre is felt as we working diligently on your behalf. As per usual, Governor Dennis Daugaard kicked off the 2018 session with the annual State of the State address followed by the State of the Judiciary address on Wednesday and the State of the Tribes address on Thursday. During …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. CT You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— AARP South Dakota advocates will hit the ground running Jan. 9, when the legislature convenes for a session that lasts only eight weeks. AARP staff and volunteers will be in Pierre throughout the session, holding lawmakers accountable on issues that affect constituents age 50-plus. Legislative priorities for 2018 include telehealth and passage of the Uniform Power of Attorney Act. In a rural state with a shortage of health care providers, telehealth can improve access to care. The power of attorney …

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— Massive data breaches, a major Medicare card scam, new forms of phishing: there were lots of big scam stories from this past year, but also, hope for some scam victims. Take a look back with us: The Equifax data breach. A staggering 143 million Americans had their information compromised. This doesn’t mean you are automatically a victim of identity theft, however, vigilance is key. The best way to protect your identity is to monitor your credit reports. Go to www.annualcreditreport.com to get …

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— December is a critical month for charities to raise money. In fact, nearly one third of annual giving occurs in December. Scammers are well aware of this and are out in full force looking to line their own pockets as the year draws to an end. South Dakota Attorney General, Marty Jackley “encourages South Dakotans to continue to give to those less fortunate, but to follow these precautions to ensure [the] donation is going to the cause for which it is …

— As we enter the holiday season, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on your celebrations. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy. Beware of deals.  Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go …

— An 84-year-old widow called the AARP Fraud Watch Network after accepting a free trial offer for a skin cream she had seen a famous personality touting on television. She had no idea she needed to cancel after receiving the free trial. She was sent more product at a cost of $200 and is now fighting to return the product and get her money back. How it Works:   Free trial offers often lure you into accepting a free product or …

— For the last 4 years, the Hegg Brothers Holiday Jam in Sioux Falls has been one of AARP SD’s most popular events – bringing in more than 500 members and guests for an evening of jazz-infused holiday classics.  This year, AARP SD is excited to be expanding our partnership with the popular jazz combo to include concerts in five communities all across South Dakota! Join us, the Hegg Brothers and their talented friends, for an evening of holiday fun in …

— As we honor those who have served our country this Veterans Day, know that some scammers go to great lengths to target their money, their benefits, and their commitment to current and former soldiers. How it Works:   Scams targeting veterans can take many forms: The ‘Cash for Benefits’ Scheme: Predatory lenders target veterans in need of money by offering cash in exchange for future disability or pension payments. These buyouts are typically a fraction of the value of the …