— AARP Idaho will host a statewide telephone town hall on Tuesday, October 16, at 11:00 a.m. (MTN) to discuss timely health insurance issues that affect older Idahoans, such as Medicare open enrollment, Medicare fraud and the new Medicare cards. Dean Cameron, director of the Idaho Department of Insurance, and Shannon Hohl, supervisor of the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors program, will provide up-to-date information about Medicare and answer callers’ questions. Lupe Wissel, AARP state director, will moderate the discussion. Medicare …

— Retail prices for many of the most commonly-used brand name drugs by older adults rocketed upward by an average of 8.4 percent in 2017, outstripping the general inflation rate of 2.1 percent. The annual average cost of therapy for just one brand name drug increased to almost $6,800 in 2017. For more than a decade, brand name drug prices have exceeded the general inflation rate of other consumer goods by a factor of two-fold to more than 100-fold, according to …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5 p.m. MT If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 5 p.m. MT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …

— AARP Idaho announced today that Micki Kawakami of Nampa was selected to receive the 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award. Each year AARP honors the legacy of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. This award is a symbol of the power of individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. At the insistence of Ms. Kawakami, AARP Idaho will forgo the annual award ceremony …

— AARP Idaho is taking part in “Be the Difference. Vote,” a multifaceted campaign designed to maximize the influence of Idaho’s 50-plus voters in this year’s elections. In an election year in which a new issue seems to capture the attention of the American electorate every day, one fact remains constant: If candidates want to win, they’d better pay attention to older voters. The campaign seeks to get the largest possible turnout of voters age 50-plus to the polls in the …

— Join us for some Boise State Broncos football! Boise State Broncos vs. Air Force Falcons Saturday, October 27, 2018 5 p.m. Kickoff There is nothing quite like spending a fall evening watching Broncos football at Falcon Stadium.  From tailgates to flyovers, the Wings of Blue Parachute Team, Cadet march-on, and live performances by the Falconers at half time, attending a game in Colorado Springs is truly a tradition rich event that all sports fans should experience.  Make it even more meaningful …

— Attend Our Free Webinar to Get All the Answers Social Security, Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, September 27, 2018 5 p.m. MT 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. …

— Registration for fall classes is open! Sign up for classes HERE New Knowledge Adventures (NKA) is a lifelong continuing education program for older adults designed to offer exceptional learning opportunities in a comfortable and friendly academic surrounding. Supported by Idaho State University, AARP Idaho and the Treasure Valley Family YMCA, NKA represents the most affordable learning opportunity for the 50 plus in the Treasure Valley. Beginning this fall there is no registration fee but some classes do charge a small fee …

— Right now, PhRMA is trying to convince Congress to rescind a provision of the bipartisan budget agreement that lowers drug costs for seniors struggling to afford their medicine. Medicare Part D beneficiaries who have high prescription drug expenses currently have to pay more once the total cost of their medicines reaches the coverage gap, or doughnut hole. The doughnut hole has been narrowing each year since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed in 2010. The gap was scheduled to …