— For Immediate Release: October 10, 2018 Contacts: Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Jason Erskine / 206-604-7085 AARP Poll: 50-plus voters in Washington’s 8th Congressional District are United in Concern Over Health Care and Financial Security   Findings among historically powerful voting bloc predict close race between candidates Dino Rossi (R) and Kim Schrier (D)  Washington – In a newly released AARP poll, voters age 50 and over in Washington’s 8th Congressional District are united in their concern over health care and personal …

— The 2018 elections are some of the most important in our lifetimes. Issues like Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs, family caregiving, age discrimination, and Medicaid are on the line. Americans 50 and older are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc. We need to hold politicians accountable and make them pay attention to the issues that matter to 50+ Americans. Medicare is a deal that must not be broken. We must keep the promise of affordable quality health care for seniors. …

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

— By Chris Thomas An 89-year-old in Port Townsend receives an email that includes one of her account passwords. The sender demands $2,900 in bitcoins and threatens to notify her friends and family that she’s watching porn online. Of course she isn’t, she tells the AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center. She knows it’s a scam but has no idea how her password was stolen or what to do. A Seattle woman had her identity compromised after a family friend, hired to …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 4 p.m. PT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— Help Deter Identity Theft By Freezing Your Credit It’s gotten easier to protect your credit information. Time to finally do it by Doug Shadel, AARP The Magazine, June 2018 Placing a freeze on your credit data is one of the most effective ways to prevent identity thieves from using your info to steal. I recently went through this process and am here to guide you. Expect it to take 10 minutes of computer time per each adult in your household. …

— AARP members Judith and Lee Piper have a special place in their heart and home for older dogs who may be sick, struggling at a shelter, or without a place to stay because their human companions are having difficulty.  After several years of welcoming older dogs to their 5-acre property in Arlington, they stumbled onto an idea.  Let’s recruit loving families that are willing and able to care for elder canines over 8 years old AND we’ll start a non-profit, …

— For Immediate Release: October 2, 2018 Contacts:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 AARP Washington clarifies it does not endorse candidates, have a political action committee (PAC), or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates SEATTLE, WA – In response to a direct mail piece from the Washington State Democratic Central Committee and a recent television advertisement from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, AARP again affirms it did not authorize or participate in the production and release of …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018 4 p.m. PT If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 4 p.m. PT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— AARP Washington and financial cooperative BECU are offering document-shredding services to protect people and their financial assets from fraud. On Saturday, Oct. 20, free shredding and e-cycle events will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at these locations: BECU Tukwila Financial Center, Everett Mall, BECU Federal Way Pavilions, Spokane’s North Town Mall on Division Street, and Spokane Valley Mall on East Indiana Avenue. Individuals may shred up to three grocery bags of documents containing sensitive personal information and …