—   What we do might surprise you. We’re all about real possibilities. To find out more about the events or activities below, please visit our discounts page OR contact us at tnaarp@aarp.org.   Operation: Stop Scams Events in Tennessee April 6 | Franklin County Annex Building | 855 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester, TN 5:30-6:30 p.m. CDT | Fraud Prevention Panel Discussion April 22 | The Brentwood Library | 8109 Concord Rd., Brentwood, TN 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CDT | …

— *AARP wanted to share information about the National Spelling Bee… The National Senior Spelling Bee is open to anyone 50 years old or older. This orthographic contest will entertain and challenge you. You’ll meet like-minded folks and compete with some of the best spellers in the nation. There are cash prizes for the winners, but the biggest remuneration is loads of fun. The 2014 National Senior Spelling Bee will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Saturday, July 12, 2014, 9:30 …

— By Cleo Owens Did you know that one of the fastest-growing groups of hungry Americans is over age 65? In my hometown of Memphis, the Mid-South Food Bank feeds nearly 19,000 older people – and that number is expected explode over the next few years to a total of 50,000. And the numbers are just as bad in the rest of our state. Tennessee ranks 5th in the nation in senior hunger. But it’s not just a problem for older …

— Are you a caregiver? Are you struggling to care for a loved one and yourself? You are not alone. More than 1.6 million Tennesseans are caring for family, friends, neighbors and loved ones – providing more than 1 million hours of help a year. AARP Tennessee wants to help those caregivers. That’s why we are listing some of the resources that we shared during our caregiving tele-town hall on May 13 with more than 11,000 caregivers: Tennessee Area Agencies on …

— When Michelle Andrews got a letter urging her to pay $59 to get a copy of the deed to her property in Arlington, she knew instantly it was shady. The 51-year-old administrative assistant knew better than to pay because she works in the Shelby County Register of Deeds office. “I just trashed it,” Andrews said of the letter. “But some people do pay, and it’s not just seniors.” State officials are warning that companies are sending out letters and duping …

— Although Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has rejected “Medicaid Expansion”  as proposed by the Affordable Care Act, AARP will continue working with him and other state leaders, federal officials and health care advocates to try to find a way to provide health insurance to families struggling to afford coverage. In a speech to the Legislature, the governor said he has asked the federal government to allow the state to enact a “Tennessee Plan” to expand coverage to thousands of families. “While we …

— Kingsport, TN—Members of the East Tennessee Master Gardner’s Society will conduct community workshops and seminars on Saturday, March 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to help kick-off Harvest of Hope Community Garden’s third year of teaching people how to construct raised bed gardens, how to grow healthy foods, and the importance of eating healthy.  Harvest of Hope Community Garden is located at 130 West Charlemont Ave. in Kingsport. The first session (10:00 a.m. …

— Legislation that would have allowed Tennessee to join a “Health Care Compact” with states to administer Medicare and other federal health care programs is dead. The bill died Feb. 19  in a House committee on a 9-9 vote. It needed to receive a majority of votes cast by members of the House Insurance and Banking Committee. Voting against it were Reps. Favors, Fitzhugh, Curtis Johnson, Keisling, Love, Lundberg, Pitts, Sargent and Shepard. “We are thrilled that our representatives recognized the potential …

— AARP Tennessee 150 4th Ave. North, Suite 1350 Nashville, TN, 37219 Phone: 1-866-295-7274 (toll-free) Email: tnaarp@aarp.org   Office hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Find Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aarptennessee Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/aarptn Local Map Members of the media are invited to contact: Rob Naylor Communications Director rnaylor@aarp.org   WHO ARE WE? More than 660,000 Tennessee AARP members 27% of Tennesseans age 50 and older are AARP members Eight full-time AARP Tennessee staff members (6 in Nashville, 1 in …

— AARP and Walgreens are giving thanks this holiday season to generous Tennesseans. You donated $25,000 at Walgreens stores during AARP Days of Service to help the hungry. That’s enough to provide at least 100,000 meals for our needy neighbors, because food banks can turn each $1 into four or more meals. During November, oversized checks of $5,000 were being presented to each of Tennessee’s five Feeding America food banks by AARP volunteers and Walgreens staff. “We wanted to present the checks this week in …