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Bridging the Gap: Voices of 50+ Washington

“While the economy has improved, many of us are still struggling to dig out from the last two years of deep recession,” said Shadel. “Many of the services and programs that protect the health and safety of our communities are on the chopping block amid a multi-billion dollar state budget deficit. We’re working to make sure our more than 925,000 members in Washington have a voice and role in protecting the future of our state.”

According to the survey, more than eight in ten (84%) of Washington adults 50+ worry about one or more consumer protection issues. Nearly three in four (72%) express concern about protecting themselves against identity theft. More than six in ten (63%) say they are concerned about online safety and security, and sixty-percent express concern about protecting themselves from unfair and deceptive business practices.

Shadel said AARP plans on using the survey findings as one of several tools to help guide AARP Washington’s direction in 2011 and beyond. For instance, AARP is launching a statewide outreach effort this spring including local events, telephone town halls and online learning opportunities on a range of topics. “We’ve heard from our members that, while they have concerns about the economy, they are also seeking information on how to start new careers, go back to school, or find and explore a new hobby,” said Shadel. “Others have expressed an interest in learning more about social media and connecting with grandkids – these are all topics we plan on covering in this new outreach effort.”

The random digit dial telephone survey of 403 Washington residents aged 50+ was fielded between Jan. 2 and 31, 2011 and has a sampling error of plus/minus 5%. The full report is available online.

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