—     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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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, …

— Over 100,000 people in Washington state live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and that number continues to grow. For many people with memory loss, social stigma and barriers to inclusion can lead to shame, fear, and isolation. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We recognize that people with memory loss are a vital part of our communities, retain remarkable strengths and stories, and deserve the right to fully participate. Here in Washington state, we’re joining the worldwide …

— By Vanessa Ho Life improved dramatically for Barbara Flagg about a year ago, when her son-in-law bought her a pair of hearing aids—a $3,000 investment Flagg couldn’t afford herself. Suddenly, she could hear her friends in a noisy dining room. She could follow the conversation at the senior council meetings she attended. Best of all, she could connect with her children and grandchildren. “Even if they were talking about football or baseball or … concerts, I was part of the …

— A new state law backed by AARP Washington aims to improve communication between hospitals and family caregivers and to ease patients’ transitions back home. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect June 9, directs hospitals to notify a designated caregiver before a patient is discharged and to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up tasks the patient will need at home. Washington is the 24th state to enact such a law. In a recent AARP survey, more …

—   By Jeff Hambleton, MD June is National Smile Month, which is a good opportunity to draw attention to the importance of oral health, particularly for older adults. With water fluoridation and better dental care many people are keeping their teeth longer than ever before. But here’s a surprise for many pre-retirees. Medicare does not cover dental. In a recent state survey a majority of people 60 and older mistakenly believe that dental is part of basic Medicare. Good oral …

— By Vanessa Ho When Char Tait’s mother was living in long-term care facilities, Tait was grateful for the volunteer ombudsmen who visited her mother and helped explain her legal rights as a resident. “It gave her a voice she didn’t think she had,” said Tait, who lives in the Chelan County town of Manson. The experience inspired Tait to volunteer as an ombudsman in 2011. Now 69, Tait spends six to eight hours a week visiting a handful of long-term …

— Join the King County Library System for a special live telephone town hall meeting with specialists from the Social Security Administration and Washington Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors. Talk about how to make the most of your Social Security benefits, health insurance and Medicare coverage. The format is like a radio talk show, but you simply listen on your phone! Our experts will even take live questions from the audience. This free event will take place on Wednesday, May 18, …

— Dori Gillam of Seattle is proof positive that conquering mountains – all kinds of mountains – is good for you. She climbed Mt. Rainier at age 46 and she and her friends set their sights on climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. But life had other plans. Both her parents became seriously ill and Dori put her life on hold for eight years to act as their caregiver. “It was a privilege to take care of my parents. It was a huge responsibility but it was …

— For Immediate Release January 20, 2016 Contact: Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 AARP Introduces the “CARE Act” Supporting 1.2 million Family Caregivers in Washington State Olympia, Washington-   Help for millions of family caregivers across Washington State is on its way with the introduction of the “CARE Act,” House Bill 2424, legislation that recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in helping their loved ones age safely at home and out of costly institutions. The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable Act (CARE …