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Fargo Woman Receives AARP Award for Volunteer of the Year

82-year-old Vel Rae Burkholder started volunteering for the organization 22 years ago

FARGO, N.D. — Volunteering is the niche 82–year–old Vel Rae Burkholder didn’t know she was searching for 22 years ago. But when she finally found it, something else came along with it. “Do you feel as though you found your purpose?” “Yeah, that’s a good way of putting it,” Burkholder said. She’s done about 100 hours of service to AARP…

AARP Provides Free Document Shredding

Shredding old files is one way to prevent identity theft

FARGO, N.D. — Now that Tax Day is over, you might have cleaned out documents that need to be discarded. AARP hosted a free document shredding event, which helps reduce the risk of identity theft. MinneKota Secure Document Destruction had a truck on–site to shred the documents. Over 600 people came to discard their old files. Organizers say identity theft ranks…

North Dakota AARP Educates Seniors on How to Avoid Fraud

Elderly citizens lost nearly $3 billion last year in scams over the phone and online

FARGO, N.D. — In the United States, senior citizens lost nearly $3 billion last year as the result of financial scams. According to the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, 55% of the cases of elderly fraud came under the disguise of giving money to family and friends. “People have a tendency to be nice and give them information…

AARP Opens Tax Aide Sites Around North Dakota, Part of Minnesota

all of the services are free to anyone needing help with their taxes

REGIONAL — Ten AARP sites have opened across the region to help people file their tax returns and avoid tax identity theft. There are three locations in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. There’s also one in Grand Forks and in Wahpeton. It’s a free service for all ages making a low to moderate income. AARP employees say it’s important to file…

AARP Helping Seniors Improve Defensive Driving

senior citizens brushed up on their driving skills to get ready for winter season

FARGO, ND — With the dangerous conditions from icy roads, a group of senior citizens is brushing up on what it means to drive safely. If anyone knows about driving safely, it’s Robert Fugre. Not only was his career teaching people in the military how to drive heavy machinery, but he also has been brushing up on his own skills by…

AARP Hosts Event to Teach Seniors About Scams in F-M Area

AARP, Fargo Police Department, and Cass County Sheriff's Office Teach the Community About Scams in FM Area

FARGO, ND — Seniors are usually the targets of scams in our area. To help inform the community on these scams, AARP held a Scams Lunch & Learn event. AARP, along with the Fargo Police Department and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office had some tips to avoid getting scammed. A popular scam in the F-M area is a call from the…

AARP Brings Signed Petitions to Senator Hoeven’s Office

The group feels the bill would hit millions of Americans with higher costs and result in less coverage, and would strip health coverage

FARGO, ND — Some people in North Dakota are opposed to passing the Senate’s health care bill. Organizations in the F-M area are giving a voice to their concerns. The AARP is taking a stance and delivered signed petitions by North Dakotans in opposition to the bill. The group said the bill would hit millions of Americans with higher costs and…

Seniors Learn All About Smartphones and Tablets

Look out millennials, grandma's learning how to use an iPad

The world of smartphones and computers is constantly changing. That’s why AARP and AT&T teamed up for the Technology Workshop for Seniors. It’s the first time they’ve ever done this, and classes filled up fast. “I learned how to take a video,” said participant Alice Prokop. “Our grandchildren all want us to be on the wonderful Snapchat,” said Alisa Anderson…