— 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 Vermont for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

—     New frauds and scams seem to crop up weekly.  Identity theft and other scams rob millions of Americans of their hard-earned money.  Last year alone, Americans lost $18 billion dollars to fraud and scams.  In fact, every two seconds, a con artist steals someone’s identity. What tricks do con artists use to steal your money?  How can you outsmart scammers before they strike?  Beat the con artists at their game. Check these scam alerts and don’t get taken …

— January 9th, 2019, marked the start of a new legislative biennium in the Vermont General Assembly. The Democrats this session have 95 seats in the House and 102 votes if members of the Progressive party vote with them. Here is a rundown of Committee assignments. In the House there are 7 new Chairs of Committees: •    House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife – Rep. Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) •    House Commerce and Economic Development – Rep. Mike Marcotte (R-Coventry) …

—   Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover how to submit claims and appeal them when they’ve been denied. Plus, you’ll have the chance to get your questions answered live during the event! Attend and you’ll learn all about: Coverage …

— AARP Vermont has awarded grants to four organizations to support their efforts to make Burlington a more livable city. This year’s awards, totaling $6,850, focused on the LGBTQ community, transportation for newly settled refugees, the arts for older adults, and neighborhood mobility. The Pride Center, in collaboration with Champlain College students, will conduct a needs assessment of LGBTQ older adults to shape the center’s programming and outreach. AALV, which helps newly settled refugees, partnered with Old Spokes Home to provide …

— Sign Up for Our Free Online Work and Skills Event Online Career Networking Expo: Spotlight on Part-Time Work and Skills Thursday, January 24, 2019, 1-4 p.m. ET Looking for part-time work? AARP’s Online Career Networking Expo is bringing the employers, the skills and the possibilities of part-time work to you! This free, unique event lets you network with employers online and learn how to improve the skills that can get you noticed. Tune in to expert-led webinars such as: Age-Proof Your …

— Get Your Questions Answered at AARP’s Free Webinar for Family Caregivers Navigating Insurance for Caregivers Part 1: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, January 17, 2019, 7 p.m. ET Caring for a loved one and have questions about their insurance options? Good news! AARP’s two-part question and answer webinar has the answers—and it’s free to attend. Register now to get expert advice about Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance and other payment options. The webinar will also cover …

— Here’s a listing of several special events and activities offered at a discount to our AARP members in Vermont. Music, theatre, fitness, art and more… VSO AARP MENBERS DISCOUNT 20% off the adult ticket price Holiday Pops with VSO José Daniel Flores-Caraballo leads the Orchestra and Chorus in a festive program that ranges from an a cappella version of “Jingle Bells” to the blockbuster “Many Moods of Christmas.” We pay tribute to the late great Robert De Cormier with three …

— Almost half the people who work for private businesses in the state do not have a retirement savings plan through their employer, according to a 2015 AARP study. Beginning Jan. 15, many of those 104,000 workers will be able to start saving for their future under the Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan, thanks to a state law passed in 2017. The plan, managed by the State Treasurer’s office, is available to businesses that have up to 50 workers; self-employed individuals …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 7 p.m. ET The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— AARP Vermont is presenting its most prestigious award for community service to Linda Bowden, a lead volunteer for livable communities and an advisory council member. Bowden, of Burlington, has worked with other volunteers and community partners on everything from bike-share programs to neighborhood walks taken to check on infrastructure, to monthly coffee-hour discussions. The Andrus Award for Community Service, which will be presented to Bowden at a ceremony on Nov. 8, is named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. …