—     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 …

— What does it take to change behavior behind the wheel? Well, apparently an app that tracks your every move. Friendly competition and cash prizes don’t hurt either. In November 2017, the Seattle Department of Transportation kicked off an 8-week Seattle’s Safest Driver competition, in partnership with PEMCO Insurance and Cambridge Mobile Telematics. The goal was to improve driver behavior and increase awareness of Seattle’s Vision Zero efforts to end traffic deaths and serious injuries on city streets by 2030. In …

— 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 …

— In 2016, 15.4 million Americans were the victims of identity theft- that is a 16% increase since 2015. That is why AARP and BECU invite you to bring old documents containing your personal information to our mobile shredding trucks for free disposal. AARP and BECU members can safely destroy documents containing sensitive and personal information, as well as recycle unwanted TVs, computers, computer monitors, laptops and cell phones on Saturday, April 28.. Bring your documents and electronics to locations in Everett, …

— 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 In 2004, former submarine Command Master Chief John Braasch made it his mission to help homeless veterans living on the Olympic Peninsula. Fourteen years later, his non-profit, Voices for Veterans, has helped thousands of former service members connect with resources, community services, as well as provide a welcome, judgement free zone that embraces our brave soldiers. His humanitarian vision produced the popular Stand Down events that offer veterans hot meals, medical and dental services, clothing, …

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— For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Advocates deliver nearly eight-thousand petitions today at State Capitol Olympia – “The person who victimized my grandma started by stealing her financial security, but in the end she stole so much more than just money,” says Amy Lecoq. “She stole part of my grandma’s person; the part that was trusting, confident, healthy, independent and proud of herself.” Camano Island resident Lecoq told the story about …

— The following article is reprinted from a recent Bellingham At Home newsletter. BAH is a non-profit membership organization modeled on the many successful villages now operating across the country that empower older adults to stay active and engaged while living in their own homes and neighborhoods.  It is a program of the Whatcom Council on Aging.   Spotlight on Marian Yunghans Reprinted with permission from “Bellingham At Home” At heart, says educator, writer, and volunteer Marian Yunghans, “I’m an activist. …

— 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 …