— Diagnosed with dementia and without a job, volunteering for the issues and people she cares about the most has kept Jackie Coleman happier than ever before. Shortly after Coleman lost her dream job as a disability rights lawyer due to her diagnosis, she decided to become an AARP member and soon after that a volunteer with the AARP California Capitol Response Team, “where I make sure that we get approved the right laws that benefit those who are 50 years …

— By Laura Mecoy Michael Achkar thought he had the perfect solution when he built a small house for his father in the backyard of his Capitola home. Then Achkar encountered one of the many challenges Californians face as the state seeks to expand housing: Connecting the separate unit to a water supply would cost more than $24,000 for fees and the installation of a new meter—requirements of his local water district, which has serious supply issues. Because of the high …

— This fall Northern California saw some of the deadliest, most destructive wildfires in the state’s history, including wind-driven, ferocious blazes in Sonoma, Napa, Humboldt and Mendocino counties. Dozens were killed, and hundreds injured, including older and disabled adults who couldn’t escape in time. To help prevent fatalities in the future, AARP is working with local authorities to determine the best ways to use AARP resources to assist with disaster preparedness and relief, especially for people 50 and older. AARP will …

— By Ray Huard Nikki Symington got several phone messages from someone purporting to be an IRS agent, who said she owed back taxes and threatened her with fines or jail if she didn’t pay up. “Even though my husband said it was a scam, you still worry, so I called,” said Symington, 74, of Borrego Springs. “I left my number, and somebody called back and said I owed $4,000.” She hung up, but the fake agent called her several more …

— Español According to an AARP survey, entitled “California Dreaming…or Struggling: Gen X and Boomer Financial Security,” which reveals that for the most part Californians are not ready for retirement and it is largely due to housing related expenses. AARP California wants to help you take control of your finances. We are sharing DIY tips and tools bi-weekly on social media to help you save more or begin to save. Here is a summary of what was shared in October! CUT COSTS …

— The Silicon Valley Walk to End Alzheimer’s is set for Oct. 14 in San Jose. The event aims to raise nearly $1.5 million to support the work of the Alzheimer’s Association and research to find a cure. The walk starts at 9 a.m. at the Arena Green in San Jose, then winds for three miles through downtown. AARP California is cosponsoring the event and will host a table at the companion fair, providing information for family caregivers. To participate, donate …

— A chance to walk, bike, skate and dance through the heart of San Jose—on seven miles of traffic-free streets—is set for Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Viva Calle is a free annual event that closes the streets to cars so people can come out for music, food, culture and exercise. The activities will snake through Japantown, Mexican Heritage Plaza and other communities. AARP California is cosponsoring the event and will have an information table at the plaza. …

— Español AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation service AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Soon approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. A …

— En Español On Thursday, June 8th, 2017, Abraham Lincoln High School graduate, Priscilla Velez, was selected as the recipient of this year’s Andrus Opportunity Award along with $5,000 to help her pay for her education. The award is named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who served as principal of Lincoln High from 1916 to 1944. At the end of the summer of 2013, at a gala event marking the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln High School, AARP officially announced the funding of the Andrus Opportunity …

— Por Ray Huard Marcia Johnson, una residente de Palmdale de 70 años, conduce automóviles desde que tenía poco más de 15 años, cuando sacó el permiso de aprendiz. Nunca tuvo un accidente, pero estaba preocupada pensando que su habilidad para conducir se había oxidado un poco. “Quería afinar mis conocimientos para conducir autos”, dijo. En efecto, cuenta Johnson, cuando hizo el curso AARP Smart Driver, aprendió sobre ciertos peligros al conducir en los que nunca había pensado y aclaró algunas …