— In 2017, 16.7 million Americans were the victims of identity theft- that is an 8% increase since 2016. 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, October 20. Bring your documents and electronics to locations in Everett, …

— Come find out where the candidates stand and tell them what you think at the Age Wave Candidate Forum on Washington’s Aging Readiness! The Age Wave is here and it is both an opportunity and a challenge.  It is a wonderful thing that people can now expect to live 20 to 30 years beyond the traditional retirement age of 65.  And, the reality is that this growing aging population is putting pressure on state-funded services and infrastructure. Come to the Age …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 4 p.m. PT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 4 p.m. PT You’ve worked your whole life and now you can start thinking about your retirement options. But when should you claim your Social Security retirement benefits to get the biggest check? And how do you get the money coming in the first place? It can be a confusing process. …

— By Dana E. Neuts Mike Tucker, 71, of Lacey, was 21 when he first registered to vote. As the child of a World War II veteran who fought in France and Germany, he was eager to cast a ballot in his first presidential election. It was 1968—Nixon versus Humphrey (and Wallace). “Those were the turbulent ’60s. It was the year Bobby Kennedy and Dr. King were assassinated. Deep conflict existed across the country,” said Tucker. “I can’t help but see …

— 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. …

— There are many amazing charities out there that benefit from donations. Unfortunately, scammers may try to capitalize on the generosity and good will of others by setting up fake charities and pocketing the donations. To ensure the organization you decide to donate to be worthy and doing the work they say, visit www.ftc.gov/charity for ways to verify charities. If you have doubts, there’s always the option to give directly to smaller local charities where you can more easily see the …

— 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!

— Get Information on the Skills to Get Your Next Job Attend AARP’s live online workshop Tuesday, August 28, 2018, 4-5 p.m. PT When it comes to finding a new job, everyone could improve their networking and interview skills—especially in today’s ultra-competitive market. The good news is, there are some tips and ideas that can help you stand out from the crowd and secure the position you want. Sharpening Your Networking and Interview Skills is a live online workshop based on …

— As we enter the second half of summer, many companies have mid-season sales with amazing deals. But if a sale looks too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of websites that sell high-end name brand products at a fraction of the retail price. Through these fake websites, scammers can sell knock-off products to unknowing consumers, or worse, take your credit card information and never send the items you purchased. Please be vigilant in scoping out only true online …

— Community projects in Seattle, Olympia, and Renton are recognized for their efforts to create more livable communities in AARP’s “Where We Live: Communities for All Ages” 3rd edition.  Our Washington communities are among more than 100 articles that feature the many ways communities across the nation are becoming great places to live for people of all ages. The free book series highlights inspiring ideas and solutions from America’s local leaders to improve their communities, respond to pressing issues, and build partnerships. …