—     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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Here at AARP, we believe that making a difference doesn’t stop as you age. Millions of older adults are using their experience to give back, to solve problems, and to change lives. Do you know an extraordinary individual who is using their life experience to make a better future for all?  If so, please nominate them for the 2018 AARP Purpose Prize Award™ . “The AARP Purpose Prize is all about a new story of aging — focusing on experience …

— 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, …

— “It’s only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” ~ Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, AARP Founder AARP is more active than ever in your community. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for people aged 50-plus, with more than 950,000 members in Washington state, we provide information and resources on issues that matter most to you, your family and your friends. At AARP, one of our most valuable assets is our amazing team of volunteers. Through education, advocacy …

— Kirkland resident, Art Mussman has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2017 AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Washington selected Art for his remarkable service which has greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Art spent nearly a quarter of a century in the Air Force serving our country. But …

— By Dana E. Neuts Last fall Leslie Meyer, 61, volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she was matched with 10-year-old Elizabeth, a Russian girl who came to America with her mother and brother when she was 5. “I realized being a Big Sister could make a difference in a girl’s life,” said Meyer, a retired insurance broker from Kirkland. “I wanted to be a support system.” Serving as Elizabeth’s mentor, Meyer takes her “little sister” on weekly outings to …

— Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older? AARP’s commitment to volunteer service can be traced back to our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” has shaped our community service efforts at the national, state, and local levels. Each year, AARP honors the legacy of Dr. Andrus with the AARP Washington Andrus Award for Community Service. This is the most prestigious and visible volunteer award. It recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, …

— AARP Washington is seeking volunteers to work our booth at this year’s Bite of Seattle, July 21-23. Our area will feature several activities that are fun for all ages.  Event goers can burn off some calories by taking a spin at our bike station; pocket a few easy-to-prepare healthy recipes; play arcade-style games; and visit our virtual reality booth for a 360 degree video tour and sign up to take home a Google Cardboard VR viewer. With all this action …

— AARP Washington would like to say thank you our outgoing Driver Safety State Coordinator, Gordon Olson. Gordon steps down from the top volunteer leadership role after serving two four year terms, managing 130 volunteers in Washington State. “Gordon Olson has been a long standing volunteer, committed and dedicated to the success of the AARP Driver Safety program in Washington as State Coordinator,” said Kyle Rakow, vice president and national director of AARP Driver Safety. “Our hardworking volunteers serve as our …