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— For Immediate Release February 20, 2019 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-604-7085 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 AARP Urges “Yes” Vote on HB-1087, the “Long-Term Care Trust Act” Statewide poll shows more than 70% of Washington voters support the measure, with increasing levels of support among younger voters. EDITOR’S NOTE: House Bill 1087, the “Long-term Care Trust Act,” is scheduled for a floor vote in the House on Thursday, Feb. 21. Olympia, WA – Thursday’s floor vote in the House of Representatives …

— Learn How to Leverage Your Skills and Experience at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Age-Proof Your Career: A Two-Part Interactive Webinar Part 1: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, March 7, 2019, 4 p.m. PT As an experienced worker, you have years of expertise and advanced skills to offer. Whether you’re looking for a new job, working to advance in your company or thinking about a career change, you want to increase your competitiveness with confidence. Sign …

— For Immediate Release: February 12, 2019 Contact: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Seeking Your Valentine Online? Beware: More than one-third of Washington adults confirm first-hand accounts of relationship scams AARP Campaign Warns: ‘Protect your Heart and Your Money’ Washington State – As Valentine’s Day approaches and millions of Americans meet others on matchmaking websites, dating apps and social media, 37-percent of Washington residents polled in a new AARP survey reported that they, a family member or a friend have encountered attempted …

— While some of us are still putting away holiday decorations, our elected representatives and a myriad of advocates – including AARP – are preparing for January 14, when the 105-day state legislative session begins. This year, we have our sights focused on providing relief for vulnerable homeowners, and helping Washingtonians better prepare for their future long-term care and retirement security needs. Long-term Care Trust Act (LTCTA) Most people will need long term care during their lives. In fact, 70% of …

— Tax season is here.  Do you dread filling out those complex forms?  Are you wondering whether new provisions of the tax code apply to you? Have you put off doing your taxes, even if you expect a refund? Help is available! Beginning February 1 and continuing through April 15, AARP Foundation is providing free in-person tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run free tax preparation service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in …

— For Immediate Release: February 6, 2019 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Thousands of Petitions Delivered to Lawmakers in Olympia Today Urging Action on Long-Term Care Costs OLYMPIA, WA – More than 6,000 petitions were delivered to Washington State lawmakers in Olympia today urging passage of the Long-Term Care Trust Act (LTCTA). The measure aims to address the ballooning financial insecurity millions of families and the state face for long-term care costs. It didn’t take long for …

— Learn How to Avoid Their Scams at AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar The Imposters: Keeping Yourself Safe from Scammers Part 1: Valentines, Candy & Online Romance Scams, Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 4 p.m. PT Part 2: It’s not the Government Calling: Protecting Yourself from Government Impostors, Thursday, February 7, 2019, 4 p.m. PT They’re two-faced—someone who pretends to be something they’re not for a secret reason. And they’re out to steal your money. Experts call them the imposters. They could be …

— Welcome to the homepage for the AARP Washington State Podcast. Our podcast focuses on health, wealth & self, and how we can make life after age 50 the best years of our lives. You can find us on iTunes and subscribe here. Or you can listen through any podcast app. Just search for “AARP Washington State Podcast”. Episodes in Season 1. 1. Being Happier with Gretchen Rubin 2. The Good News About Aging with Dr. Laura Carstensen 3. Meditation Master …

— By Vanessa Ho A few years ago, state Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma) got a close look at the financial toll of long-term care when her mother-in-law went on Medicaid. “It’s incredibly stressful to spend down your parents’ assets until they don’t have anything,” said Jinkins, whose mother-in-law, 93, has dementia and lives in a licensed adult family home. The experience reinforced Jinkins’ goal to help Washingtonians pay for long-term care. This year she will reintroduce legislation to establish a state …

— With baby boomers soon to start turning 80, Washington State must continue our long-standing commitment to improving long-term services and supports for older people and those with disabilities. A vast and vulnerable population needs help with bathing, dressing, managing medications, preparing meals, and transportation, as well as support for family caregivers.  In fact, 70% of Washingtonians 65 and older will require some type of assistance to live independently. “Unfortunately, most Washingtonians are unprepared to meet their long-term care needs,” says …