—     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 …

— By Leila Davis Our Spokane Chapter 384 continues to grow and new members are always welcome. We, the Board, are so privileged to have such awesome membership. Since 2015, our commitment has been to donate food to Second Harvest Food Bank.  During the year 2016, a total of 1,245 pounds of food was collected from our members. Our membership is provided updated information on many important Legislative dates and events. Each meeting features a speaker providing interesting and informative topics …

— By Christina Clem, AARP Washington There are few constants in life but there is something that happens like clockwork every year.  That’s right.  Tax season is upon us.  Fortunately, help is available. The AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program from Feb. 1 through April 17. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. The program was …

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— 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 …

— 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 Janet Lam-Rogers, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Volunteer It’s that time of year again.  Millions of low- to moderate- income people, especially those 50 and older, could use some help preparing their taxes. Volunteers for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are ready to help make sure you get all the deductions and credits you deserve. We help people in our own communities with a much-needed service that’s free, individualized, and has no strings attached. Starting February 1, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will provide free …

— By Dana E. Neuts This summer, Seattle became the 104th locality in the nation to be part of the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The designation reflects the city’s shifting demographics and renewed commitment to the needs of older residents. “This is a city that’s changing and has an influx of young folks, but it is also a city that continues to have an influx of people like myself who are aging,” said Mayor Ed Murray, 61. “It’s exciting to …

— Come see some of the newest and best artistic and culturally significant films from around the world, May 19 – June 12, 2016 in Seattle. Discover new cultures and hear the film directors’ on-location experiences. SIFF is the largest film festival in the United States, with more than 150,000 people attending each year. The 25-day event is also the region’s most accessible and critically acclaimed festival, renowned for presenting over 400 features, short films and documentaries gathered from over 80 …

— By Dana E. Neuts Theresa Stringer, 75, and her husband, Edward, 80, of Forks, have been taking the Dungeness Line from Port Angeles to Seattle for doctors’ appointments for 10 years. Edward, an amputee with Parkinson’s disease, uses a wheelchair, but with the help of trained drivers and a lift-equipped bus, he is able to make the three-hour trip to Seattle safely. Because the Stringers no longer drive, the Dungeness Line is a convenient, affordable way to travel. Instead of …