AARP Washington State Podcast
AARP Washington State Podcast
AARP Washington State
Health, wealth and self....Interviews and insights with leaders in the field of living better at any stage of life, but especially after age 50. AARP's mission is to empower you to choose how you live as you age. We talk optimal living, embracing change, and protecting your finances.
Seattle Steelheads Baseball & the Community in the 1940s - Black History Month Edition
Stephanie Johnson-Toliver of the Black Heritage Society of WA joins us to talk about the exhibit she help curate on the history of the Seattle Steelheads, part of the first pro Black baseball league on the West Coast. Plus, we get into the Black experience in 1940s Seattle and baseball for other marginalized groups. The exhibit is in Steelheads Alley at the Hatback Bar & Grille across the street from T-Mobile Park. We're having a Black History Month event at Steelheads Alley on Weds. Feb. 15th, 2023. Come meet AARP Washington staff, volunteers and other members of your community from 5-8pm. Registration is required. The venue has free parking in the front and rear of the building. Refreshments provided and your first beverage is on us! RSVP now at:
Feb 13, 2023
21 min
Get in Shape with Trainer & Powerlifting Champion Mark Bryant
January is a great time to make changes and get in shape and we've got certified exercise therapist and Corrective Exercise Specialist Mark Bryant. Mark has been a personal trainer for 25 years, a Senior Fitness Specialist for 15 years and currently leads classes at Southeast Seattle Senior Center. He's also a 9 time Powerlifting World Champion and 2 time inductee into the Powerlifting Hall of Fame. If you want to up your fitness level in 2023, Mark has information and inspiration for you. We talk about how to prevent falls, increase your walking ability, and improve your everyday functional ability. The first step is just get going!
Jan 30, 2023
30 min
Avoiding Scams at the Holiday Season Quick Tips
Should you respond to that text? Donate to that charity? At the holiday season, con artists ramp up their efforts to get your money. We give you a few quick tips to spot the common scams this year and how to respond. Text and delivery scams are common, fake and shady charities ask for donations, gift cards have risks of losing your money. You can avoid the frauds with simple precautions. Find out what you need to know with these quick tips.
Dec 6, 2022
13 min
Fraud Watch: Holiday Scams + Frauds Targeting Veterans
The holiday season is open season for con artists trying to get your money. Fake charities, Amazon scams, delivery scams, gift card scam... they all ramp up at this time of year. We'll tell you about the common fraud tactics and how to stay safe. Plus, in honor of Veterans and Military Families Appreciation Month, we’ll discuss frauds targeting veterans. This episode features our cybersafety lead volunteer Dave Morrow. Dave spend more than 20 years in cybersecurity for the Air Force and after his service, worked for major banks and tech companies leading their security efforts. The program is hosted by AARP Fraud Watch Network volunteer Anne O’Callahan. For more on fraud prevention from AARP, see and for our veterans services, visit
Nov 22, 2022
41 min
COVID Update With the Experts
We get the latest on COVID in Washington with Dr. Tao Kwan-Gett of the WA Dept of Health and Ingrid Ulrey of the US Dept of Health and Human Services. Should you get a booster shot? What is a bivalent vaccine? Are adverse reactions being tracked? We answer these questions and more in this episode. The program is a live teletown hall hosted by our Washington State Director Marguerite Ro.
Nov 16, 2022
52 min
Meet Our New State Director Marguerite Ro
AARP Washington has a new state director! In this episode, our volunteer Brenda Charles-Edwards interviews Marguerite Ro about her vision for our work going forward. Marguerite comes to us from Seattle-King County Public Health. Most recently, she's focused on policy development, data-driven solutions, and chronic disease and injury prevention. Throughout her career, she has partnered with diverse communities to achieve health equity through policy advocacy and to eliminate barriers to care. Brenda is the host of "Senior Matters!" on the Rainier Ave Radio Network and volunteers in a variety of areas for AARP.
Oct 30, 2022
10 min
Rx Drug Price Win in Congress w. Rep Pramila Jayapal
We talk about the just-passed prescription drug price relief in Congress with Rep. Pramila Jayapal. The new Inflation Reduction Act allows Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices, caps insulin costs and out of pocket expenses and more. It's real progress in combating runaway Rx drug costs. In this AARP teletown hall, we discuss the effects of this historic legislative win for older Americans and take listener questions on the phone. Learn more about the bill at
Sep 8, 2022
27 min
Get That Job Pt. 2 with Hiring Expert Whitney Richardson
We talk with a hiring manager in a different industry, Whitney Richardson, who is Director of Employee Experience at SanMar. SanMar is a national supplier of custom logowear clothing based in Issaquah and has both corporate and warehouse operations in our area. Whitney talks about what it takes to get hired in both environments. We get into the specifics of today's resume and cover letter, how to approach an interview and more. We also discuss advice for the young people in our lives who are starting their careers. It's everything you need to know to get hired today.
Aug 24, 2022
37 min
Family Caregiving with AARP Expert Amy Goyer
AARP caregiving expert Amy Goyer sits down with us to talk about the realities of caring for family members and all the resources AARP has to help. Amy has a very personal story of how caring for her parents challenged her and how she's made it through. Most of us will be caregivers at some point in our lives and Amy offers practical advice and support. AARP offers info for caregivers at
Jul 26, 2022
47 min
Elections in WA with Sec. of State Steve Hobbs & Prof. Jevin West
We talk about our elections with new WA Secretary of State Steve Hobbs and discuss election security, how to vote, important dates and more. Then UW professor Jevin West updates us on the misinformation and disinformation surrounding the 2022 elections. More info at
Jul 6, 2022
51 min
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