— For Immediate Release: October 10, 2018 Contacts: Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Jason Erskine / 206-604-7085 AARP Poll: 50-plus voters in Washington’s 8th Congressional District are United in Concern Over Health Care and Financial Security   Findings among historically powerful voting bloc predict close race between candidates Dino Rossi (R) and Kim Schrier (D)  Washington – In a newly released AARP poll, voters age 50 and over in Washington’s 8th Congressional District are united in their concern over health care and personal …

— The 2018 elections are some of the most important in our lifetimes. Issues like Medicare, Social Security, prescription drugs, family caregiving, age discrimination, and Medicaid are on the line. Americans 50 and older are the nation’s most powerful voting bloc. We need to hold politicians accountable and make them pay attention to the issues that matter to 50+ Americans. Medicare is a deal that must not be broken. We must keep the promise of affordable quality health care for seniors. …

— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Washington for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— AARP members Judith and Lee Piper have a special place in their heart and home for older dogs who may be sick, struggling at a shelter, or without a place to stay because their human companions are having difficulty.  After several years of welcoming older dogs to their 5-acre property in Arlington, they stumbled onto an idea.  Let’s recruit loving families that are willing and able to care for elder canines over 8 years old AND we’ll start a non-profit, …

— 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 …

— 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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— 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 …