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Greed and Grift

by Donnan Runkel - 12/01/2011

A new documentary called Gold Diggers, Investment Fraud in the Treasure State will air on five PBS stations and 53 community access channels this month.

Narrated by actor Bill Pullman, the video tells the stories of two of the most infamous investment scams in the state's recent history. Produced by the Montana Commission of Securities and Insurance and promoted by AARP, the documentary also is available on DVD.

"Older people are especially vulnerable to financial exploitation," said Joy Bruck, AARP state president. "Watching this video is a great way to learn about the problem and how to prevent it."

For show times, go to To order a free DVD, call 406-444-7834 or email

AARP's Roots

by Donnan Runkel - 10/01/2011

Montanans who watch One Woman Who Changed the World on public television this month will gain insights into AARP's heritage and its founder's vision.

Ethel Percy Andrus created the advocacy organization after visiting a retired teacher who was living in a chicken coop and needed glasses, dentures and food. The organization Andrus envisioned eventually grew into AARP.

AARP Montana filmed the story, which will air on PBS stations and community access channels throughout the state during the last week in October. Montana libraries and AARP chapters will receive DVDs of the show.

For the broadcast schedule, go to

Parenting Again

by Donnan Runkel - 6/01/2011

Many grandparents who thought their child-rearing days were over have found themselves parenting again — for more than 11,000 children in Montana.

AARP and the Montana State University Extension have combined resources, ideas and experiences to produce two Grandparents Raising Grandchildren conferences this month. The all-day events are slated for June 11 in Great Falls and June 25 in Billings. Presenters will address such topics as staying safe on the Internet, working effectively with school personnel and talking with children about their parents.

Registration is $20 for single grandparents and $30 for couples. The fees include lunch. For more information or to register, call 404-994-3395 or email

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