— Are you a homeowner who is concerned about the cost of home maintenance or repairs? Are you worried about paying your property taxes or where you will find the funds to accommodate increasing costs on a fixed income? Are you finding it difficult to keep up with your mortgage payment? You are not alone. About 29% of senior homeowners in Washington are “cost-burdened,” which means they spend more than 30% of their monthly income on housing costs. The good news …

— By Dana E. Neuts Thirty years after retiring from Boeing, John Pehrson, 91, of Seattle, is helping the city become age-friendly. Pehrson is the volunteer chairman of the Market to MOHAI project. When complete, the 1.4-mile pedestrian corridor will stretch 20 blocks from Pike Place Market to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) at South Lake Union. The corridor will include lighting and signage aimed at pedestrians and connect two Seattle landmarks and four parks—Lake Union, Denny, Bell Street …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Congratulations to Patrick Seifert for being one of the winners in @createthegood’s 25 Days of Honoring Heroes Contest. Veterans and those that support them were nominated for their impact in the community. Winners received up to $1,000. Sean W. submitted an essay nominating Patrick for his dedication to combating suicides in the veteran community through his organization, @Twenty22Many-Olympia. In the essay, Sean says: “Patrick has been the voice of the 22 suicides today among our veteran population in this great …

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— Here’s the latest information we have on how to meet your member of Congress during the 2017 Fourth of July Recess, running July 1st through the 9th. We’ll be updating this list and please let us know of any events you hear of at aarpwa@aarp.org. District 1 – Suzan DelBene No events scheduled. District 2 – Rick Larsen No events scheduled. District 3 – Jaime Herrera Beutler No events scheduled. District 4 – Dan Newhouse Job Fair Rep. Newhouse invites you to attend his …

— Explore the secrets of ancient China when the Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor exhibition premieres April 8, 2017, at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle. This exclusive exhibit will have a five-month run, ending September 4. Seattle and Philadelphia are the only two U.S. cities that will host the display. AARP members and their guests are eligible for a 10 percent discount on admission, and will have the opportunity to come face-to-face with the real warriors and learn about …

— 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 …