— Get Helpful Guidance at Our Online Q&A Webinar Prepare to Care: Paying for Your Loved One’s Care Part 1: Tuesday, July 24, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT It can happen suddenly. One day, a loved one might be relatively healthy. The next, they could be facing a serious — and costly — health challenge. Don’t wait for a crisis to occur before talking to your loved one about …

—   Would you like to work for the Seahawks? AARP Washington, the Seattle Seahawks and CenturyLink Field are teaming up on a mission to fill hundreds of game-day and events jobs at Seahawks and Sounders FC games, major concerts and other events at CenturyLink Field and the WaMu Theater. “We’ve found that many of our best employees are older or retired”, said Chad Scarbrough, Training and Events Manager for the Seahawks and First & Goal, Inc. “These folks are dedicated and enthusiastic …

— By Vanessa Ho The 88-year-old man, an Italian immigrant, got an urgent call from his grandson saying he was in jail and needed bail right away. The man quickly wired $2,000. Then he learned the caller wasn’t his grandson but a scammer who preyed on his emotions and even called him Nonno, Italian for grandfather. “It was cruel,” said Valerie Laidlaw, 63, of Mercer Island, a volunteer with the AARP Foundation Fraud Fighter Call Center who counseled the victim. The …

— By Dana E. Neuts Barbara Torrison got the shocking call last November. It was her granddaughter, the caller said, and she was in jail in the Dominican Republic after a car accident. Torrison quickly wired $3,700, then eagerly awaited a call that her granddaughter was all right. Two days later, she called her granddaughter—who hadn’t left the country. Torrison, 71, realized she had been scammed and filed a police report. “The story was plausible, and I believed what the caller …

— The economy may be rebounding, but try telling that to the scores of Washingtonians who are still struggling to make ends meet. Whether it’s stagnant wages, increasing debt, or high consumer and housing costs, many people are finding it hard to get by day-to-day, much less think about their financial futures. When you add the growing rate of financial scams and fraud, plus an aggressive marketplace designed to get you to buy not save, it’s no wonder many consumers feel …

— What is the Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace? The Washington State Legislature recently passed the Washington Small Business Retirement Marketplace. It is a market-based approach to make it easier and less expensive for small businesses to offer retirement savings options to their employees. Employers with fewer than 100 employees, including sole proprietors and self-employed individuals, will have access to a “marketplace” of private retirement plan options for their employees to help them take charge of their financial future. Participation in …

— September 21, 2016 Contact: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Ready or Not? – AARP releases new survey showing Washingtonians in for a shock when it comes to retirement readiness Washington – It’s no news that many of us are not saving enough money these days, but a new statewide survey of Washington adults shows an alarming gap between what we think our financial futures hold and how prepared we are for the journey. According to the new AARP survey, “Ready or …

— Washington lawmakers are exploring long-term care financing options for the state’s aging population. The legislature anticipates completion this year of a study that will recommend ways to help families plan for future care. Partly funded by AARP, the study analyzes possible strategies such as a public program to help people save for long-term care or a public-private partnership to make commercial plans more accessible and affordable. Nationwide, only a third of people age 40 and older have made plans for …

— By Vanessa Ho Larry Springer has long wanted to offer the staff at his wine shop and wine bar a retirement plan to help them save money. But he found it difficult to figure out which plan was best for him and his five employees. “To try and find a retirement program was unbelievably complicated and expensive,” said Springer, who owns the Grape Choice in Kirkland, a suburb east of Seattle. A Democratic state representative, he knew the problem was …

— Gov. Jay Inslee Signs Innovative Retirement Savings Legislation Into Law Legislation Will Help Thousands of Small Business Employees Save For Retirement Contact: AARP – Cathy MacCaul 206-218-5915; EOI – Gary Burris 206-877-3672 Olympia, WA | Governor Jay Inslee signed bipartisan legislation into law today that will make it easier for thousands of private-sector, small business workers to access retirement savings programs through their employer and have the opportunity to build a financially secure future. The Small Business Retirement Marketplace (SB …