— 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 …

— 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 …

— OLYMPIA, WA – February 8, 2018 – Doug Shadel, state director of AARP Washington issued the following statement regarding AARP’s opposition to House Bill 2533, the Long-Term Care Trust Act, which was recently passed out of the House Appropriations Committee, and now heads for a vote on the floor of the Washington State House of Representatives. “For years, AARP Washington has worked with stakeholders to develop solutions to help people pay for the care they need to live independently and …

— 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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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 …

— 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. …