— By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington February is upon us and we find ourselves half-way through the 2018 legislative session.  We are not an association that rests on its laurels. While AARP Washington is monitoring progress on more than 100 bills, a handful – good and bad – are getting our full attention. Credit Freeze Charges After the Equifax data breach last year, fraud experts recommended that consumers place a credit freeze with all three bureaus, Experian, Equifax and …

— We’re all too familiar with how pervasive scams are in today’s marketplace.  Whether it’s the IRS Imposter Scam, the Tech Support Scam, or that winning lottery check waiting for you – just pay shipping and handling… But according to a new survey, con artists may be saving the worst of their pitches for a special group of Americans – those who have served our country. The new nationwide survey by AARP shows that military veterans are falling prey to scams …

— 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 …

— For Immediate Release  January 23, 2018 Property Tax Exemption Bills Drifting Away from Goal (OLYMPIA, WA) – This week the legislature is reviewing and making decisions on several bills impacting our states seniors and more specifically the Senior Property Tax Exemption (SB 6314, HB 2597, SB 6251, HB 2608, SJR 8212). According to the “Who Pays?” report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), Washington State has the most upside down, or “regressive” tax system in the nation. …

— 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, …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington This session the House and Senate both have slim Democratic majorities in Olympia, changing committee leadership and impacting the kinds of bills that move forward. There are many challenges facing lawmakers including large investments in school funding, along with increased spending for housing and mental health.  Additionally, the state may have to quickly respond to federal decisions impacting health programs under the Affordable Care Act like continued funding for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— By Vanessa Ho Every weekend, Mark Diimmel goes out for dinner and a movie with his sister, who often takes him to get Chinese or Italian food, or maybe burgers and a milkshake. Diimmel, 64, has schizophrenia and lives in an adult family home in Bremerton, paid for by Medicaid and Social Security. But the outings have become more difficult. Everything costs more, while his personal-needs allowance—the amount of income Diimmel is allowed to keep for himself—has remained the same, …

— “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 …