— By Jill Gambon Fran Lautenberger, a retired theater professor, doesn’t mind getting up in front of strangers and talking. Looking for volunteer opportunities after moving to Cape Cod from Alaska, she signed up with AARP Massachusetts to give workshops on fraud prevention. She liked the idea of learning something new and sharing the information with others. She went through training to master the material and now gives presentations to community groups and at libraries, senior centers and other venues. “I’m …

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— A new task force will study why many Wyoming employers find it difficult to offer their workers a way to save for retirement. More than 57 percent of private sector employees in the state—about 123,000 workers—do not have access to a retirement savings plan at work. As a result, more than half of workers 65 and older have little to no savings, and the state is saddled with safety-net costs for many who need nursing home care. The state spends …

— “Daddy’s Boys” — a free, AARP-sponsored theatrical performance centered on men’s health and financial security — is coming June 30 to the Detroit Institute of Arts-Film Theater, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. GDavis Productions has created a thought-provoking stage play that depicts the struggle of black men as fathers, as businessmen, and as ordinary men facing health challenges from the vantage point of three generations. Playwright Garrett Davis, who also created award-winning plays “Mama’s Girls” and “Forget Me Not,” continues to …

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— AARP just launched “Be The Difference. Vote™,” a comprehensive voter engagement campaign to support Americans age 50-plus as they vote in the 2018 midterm elections. The campaign will provide information on where politicians stand on the issues and help these decisive voters hold politicians accountable for their positions this November. AARP’s effort will seek to get the largest possible turnout of 50-plus voters at the polls in the general election in November. It will also work to ensure issues of …

— Español Part of More than 150 Events Nationwide in AARP’s Annual “Operation: Stop Scams” AARP California’s events are part of more than 150 free document-shredding events and fraud-fighting programs being held in communities coast-to-coast as part of AARP’s second annual “Operation: Stop Scams,” a five-week-long series of more than 150 events in communities coast-to-coast. The anti-fraud activities sponsored by AARP’s local offices in more than 35 states  include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” AARP …

— The last in a series of AARP Black History Month National Town Halls exploring issues of importance to the African American community will come to Detroit on April 24. The free public event – to be held at Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College Auditorium, 259 Mack Ave., Detroit, from 6 to 9 p.m. – will examine financial security issues during Money Smart Week, the week of April 23rd. There will be a reception from 5-6 p.m. The gathering also …

— In today’s uncertain economy, planning for your financial future is more important than ever. AARP invites you to attend these free financial workshops to help you make the most of your income in retirement.  Improve your quality of life and find peace of mind about your finances. AARP is working to ensure you have the financial security you need to take charge of your future and live independently as you age. We offer free and unbiased information to help you …

— The following is a letter Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president, sent to Senators Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer and Representatives Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, urging them to  protect older Americans and their families: Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Leader Pelosi: On behalf of nearly 38 million members in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, I am writing to express our views on the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill currently …

— Español AARP strongly supports the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one and making a living. Here are five things you should know about California’s Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is Paid Family Leave? Under state law, working Californians can take up to six weeks off to care for a seriously ill loved one while still receiving a portion of their salary. Most working Californians will be able …

— AARP Michigan is working with Vonda VanTil, a Social Security public affairs specialist in Grand Rapids, to offer a series of workshops to help Michiganders learn how to apply for Social Security benefits. Many people nearing retirement want to know when to file for maximum financial security. The workshops will address strategic options, how to file, how to work and receive benefits at the same time, and more. Sessions will be held in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Jackson and metro Detroit. …