—     Is Your Identity up for Grabs? Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax – 145 million, Target – 110 million, Uber – 57 million, Home Depot – 53 million, and the list goes on and on.  In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. Worse still, identity thieves may be sharing and selling your …

— PechaKucha Night Seattle, in partnership with AARP Seattle, is proud to present PKN SEA vol. 73: Age-Friendly City. PechaKucha Nights are fun gatherings where creative people share ideas in the PechaKucha format (20 images, 20 seconds each – no exceptions!). PechaKucha Nights Seattle has chosen an “Age-Friendly City” for its 73rd edition on Thursday evening, April 5th. Come visualize Seattle’s future in a fast-paced and dynamic event at the Seattle Central Library. Hosted by AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy …

— Sixty days and more than 4,000 bills later, Washington State legislators have closed this year’s 2018 session.  Of the many bills AARP targeted and focused on, those that help put money back into the hands of consumers were standouts.  The elimination of credit freeze fees; more money for those living in care facilities; relief from some property tax levies; restoration of funding for hearings aids; and the defeat of an attempt to reduce homeowner protections are now in the “win” …

— Would you like to talk with your state Senators and Representatives? Many are holding in-district Town Halls over the next few weeks. Below are the events we know about and we’ll be adding to the list as more are announced.   Legislative Town Halls: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17 1st District • Senator Palumbo, Representatives Kloba and Stanford When: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. • Where: Cascadia College (18345 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA) 5th District • Senator Mullet, Representatives Rodne and Graves …

— OLYMPIA, WA – February 8, 2018 – Doug Shadel, state director of AARP Washington issued the following statement regarding AARP’s opposition to House Bill 2533, the Long-Term Care Trust Act, which was recently passed out of the House Appropriations Committee, and now heads for a vote on the floor of the Washington State House of Representatives. “For years, AARP Washington has worked with stakeholders to develop solutions to help people pay for the care they need to live independently and …

— By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington February is upon us and we find ourselves half-way through the 2018 legislative session.  We are not an association that rests on its laurels. While AARP Washington is monitoring progress on more than 100 bills, a handful – good and bad – are getting our full attention. Credit Freeze Charges After the Equifax data breach last year, fraud experts recommended that consumers place a credit freeze with all three bureaus, Experian, Equifax and …

— For Immediate Release  January 23, 2018 Property Tax Exemption Bills Drifting Away from Goal (OLYMPIA, WA) – This week the legislature is reviewing and making decisions on several bills impacting our states seniors and more specifically the Senior Property Tax Exemption (SB 6314, HB 2597, SB 6251, HB 2608, SJR 8212). According to the “Who Pays?” report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Washington State has the most upside down, or “regressive” tax system in the nation. …

— 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 …

— By Vanessa Ho Every weekend, Mark Diimmel goes out for dinner and a movie with his sister, who often takes him to get Chinese or Italian food, or maybe burgers and a milkshake. Diimmel, 64, has schizophrenia and lives in an adult family home in Bremerton, paid for by Medicaid and Social Security. But the outings have become more difficult. Everything costs more, while his personal-needs allowance—the amount of income Diimmel is allowed to keep for himself—has remained the same, …

— 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 …

— 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 …