Help Choose Minnesota’s 50+ Volunteer of the Year

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Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Want to help raise money for a worthwhile cause? You can do both by nominating someone for the 2017 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP Minnesota’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one individual or couple from Minnesota may be selected each year and AARP will make a $1,000 donation to an eligible nonprofit …

Hometown Hero Fran Heitzman: Bridging the Gap For Twin Cities Families

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This story was originally published on June 6th, 2016.  In anticipation of our upcoming AARP Serves event, which will take place at Bridging on Thursday, May 25th, we encourage you to read about Fran Heitzman and his work.  Please also consider volunteering at the event, which you can learn more about here. By Laura Ledray — Fran Heitzman knows what it means to be poor. He grew up during the Depression Era, a time when his father was happy to …

AARP MN Letter to Gov. Dayton on Legislative Priorities

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April 18, 2017   Governor Dayton: On behalf of our more than 650,000 members statewide, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you AARP’s priorities for the remainder of this session.  Before doing that, I want to extend AARP’s thanks for your leadership on many issues that are important to our members. We appreciated your strong leadership on providing premium support relief for so many older Minnesotans facing increased health care premiums and the inclusion of funding for …

A Savings SOS From Minnesota Workers

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In the next decade as many as 750,000 Minnesotans will reach retirement age.  However, according to a recent AARP Survey, an alarming number of them haven’t saved nearly enough. Approximately half of all workers surveyed expressed worry that they won’t be able to save enough for retirement and 36% reported that they are behind on their retirement savings.  Compounding this problem is the fact that 40% of Minnesota workers – around 1 million people – don’t have access to a …

AARP Celebrates Black History Month

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Celebrate Black History Month and get up to 25% off membership dues plus a free gift when you Join or Renew with AARP. Membership comes with immediate access to all the perks and benefits that help you and your family thrive. Sign up today!

Catch a Show, And a Discount, This Winter

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Anytime is a great time to catch a show in the Twin Cities. But with the snow and the cold, winter is an especially good option. This winter, AARP in the Twin Cities is offering discounted admission to members and their guests at Park Square Theatre in St. Paul will honor discounts on selected performances. Stay warm, connect with your friends and neighbors and enjoy local discounts on plays this January and February courtesy of AARP in the Twin Cities. …

How Would Premium Support Affect Minnesotans?

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Premium Support Model Could Hurt more than 800,000 Minnesotans Since its inception over 50 years ago, the Medicare program has provided people on Medicare with a guaranteed set of benefits. Some proposals call for replacing those guaranteed benefits with a fixed dollar amount that beneficiaries would use to purchase their health care coverage. This approach is known as a premium support model, sometimes also referred to as vouchers. Under most premium support models, people on Medicare would choose between competing …

Hometown Hero: Josh Windham Turning Volunteers into Champions for the Homeless

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By Kate Makowski Minnesota has long been one of the top states in the nation for volunteerism and Josh Windham knows a thing or two about volunteers.  Working with a dedicated team of volunteers Josh and his employer, the Union Gospel Mission, provide shelter, food, medical and dental care for more than 167,000 people in need in the Twin Cities metro area. Josh is Volunteer Manager for the Union Gospel Mission, a century old Christian non-profit that fights homelessness in …

Help is On the Way for MN Caregivers

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Family caregivers in Minnesota now have more support.  The CARE Act. Nearly 600,000 Minnesotans care for older parents, spouses or loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes.  These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on January 1, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition …

Resources for Minnesota Caregivers

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Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it …