— The New Hampshire Film Festival is gearing up for its 18th annual celebration, October 11-14, in Portsmouth.  Film screenings and a host of related events will take place at several locations around Portsmouth, drawing scores of filmmakers, celebrities and movie fans to the Port City. Beyond the 100-plus films, another standout is the festival’s primary venue, The Music Hall, a beautifully-restored 900-seat 1878 theatre.  Watching a film in The Music Hall is quite a treat, say the experts! Activities include …

— Congress did a good thing earlier this year when it passed a law that helps millions of seniors save money on prescription drugs. But now lobbyists for big drug companies are working overtime to persuade lawmakers to renege on the deal. This would be a terrible blow to seniors. Tens of millions of them rely on the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit to help them pay for life-saving medicines. On average, people with Medicare Part D take 4.5 prescriptions …

— Did you know there is a state agency representing your interests in electricity and natural gas utility matters before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)? The Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), created by the State Legislature in 1984, is charged with representing the public interest by advocating for reasonable electric and natural gas utility rates, terms and conditions for three constituent classes:  residential, small business, and agricultural consumers. Over that time, the OCC has saved ratepayers over $2 billion. The …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Tax-Aide, now in its 51st year, offers free in-person preparation and assistance to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers, and their families, who might otherwise miss out on the tax credits and deductions they’ve earned. Since its inception, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has served more …

— When it comes to scams, knowledge is power. Con artists are finding new ways to take your money and their schemes are getting more complex. It is imperative to keep up with the latest scams and learn how to identify and stay protected fraud. The Idaho Scam Jam Alliance will host a fraud and identity theft conference in Lewiston, Idaho, September 17th at the Red Lion Hotel. The Lewiston Scam Jam is a free, fun, educational and interactive forum where you …

— Are you ready to retire?  What is your vision for retirement?  Explore your readiness – physically, emotionally and mentally – at this four-week Retirement: The Next Chapter program, held October 2, October 16, October 30 and November 13. All sessions are held at Center for Health Promotions, 43 South Main Street in Concord.  Price for AARP members is $75 for the series.  Register by calling 603 230 7300. This is not only for those contemplating retirement.  It is also for …

— Between the ages of 16 and 21, Frank Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Abagnale was in Denver recently to talk about ways to protect yourself and your family from con artists. Missed it? No problem; see the full video here. For …

— The Walk to End Alzheimer’s is coming right up, and we’d love to see you there! The Denver Walk to End Alzheimer’s* will be Saturday, Sept. 15 at City Park. We are looking for bilingual field volunteers to help register and engage walk participants. These volunteers will be responsible for assisting participants with registration throughout walk grounds. For more information or to sign up, please contact Marlene Franco at mafranco@alz.org. Interested in a different role? No problem! We have tons of event day volunteer opportunities. To sign up, …

— AARP members and guests receive a 30% discount for the show by purchasing tickets online, using discount code SJ54M601 or by telephone by calling 212-239-6200. AARP New York will be on-site with a table to meet and greet the audience before the show starts and will host a Talkback with the cast directly following the show. Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller, the Grammy® Award-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue. Featuring 40 of the …

— By Sean Voskuhl, AARP State Director How to strengthen and preserve Social Security for future generations is one of the most important decisions facing federal policymakers. This campaign season, questions about Social Security’s fate belong on the forefront. Born in the depths of the Great Depression, Social Security is showing signs of financial distress. Sooner or later, our national leaders will need to step in to secure its long-term future. And whether you’re a potential beneficiary of Social Security or simply …