AARP Minnesota

Seth Boffeli

Biography:

Seth Boffeli is the Communications Director for AARP Minnesota. He is responsible for media inquiries, public speaking and public events. He has over 15 years of communications experience with a specific background in health and health care policy. Contact Seth at sboffeli@aarp.org.

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Hometown Hero Harry Hartigan: The Man Behind Boomertown

Posted on 06/23/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

By Bev Bachel If you think Twin Cities Pride is only for the young, Harry Hartigan wants you to think again. The 67-year-old Minneapolis resident is the thought leader behind Boomer Town, a special area of the June 27-28 festival dedicated to seniors who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning, commonly referred to as LGBTQ. “I’ve always loved Pride, but I got to wondering how the festival could be made more inviting to older adults,” says Harry. …

Fraud Protection: The Basics

Posted on 06/2/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

The scam is sometimes deceptively simple, as easy as stealing a credit card offer from your trash. Other times it can be far more complex, like the infamous con preying on worried grandparents. No matter the form, the impact is devastating. Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans – last year there were 12.6 million victims of identity theft alone. There are a number of things you can do to protect you and your loved ones from …

Hometown Hero Iris Freeman: An Unassuming Champion

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

By Mackenzie Bledsoe Iris Freeman doesn’t consider herself to be a leader in the community, rather humbly admitting it is “something other people call me.” Yet, her lifetime of work fighting for elder justice is extraordinary. Freeman currently serves as the president of the Elder Justice Center and is an adjunct professor at William Mitchell School of Law. Her involvement outside these two commitments is extensive. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Area Agency on …

AARP REQUESTS VETO OF AGRICULTURE BUDGET BILL

Posted on 05/21/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

St. Paul –AARP today asked Governor Dayton to veto a now infamous Agriculture budget bill (HF 1437) that was amended and passed in the final seconds of the legislative session. During the closing seconds of session a 70 page amendment, mostly containing non-related policy items, was added and approved without debate as the House floor devolved into chaos. AARP specifically objects to several provisions included in the legislation which make it easier for utility companies to increase customer rates, limit …

AARP’S Letter to Gov. Dayton Requesting Veto of HF 1437

Posted on 05/21/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

May 21, 2015 The Honorable Governor Mark Dayton The Office of the Governor 116 Veterans Service Building 20 W 12th Street St. Paul, MN 55155 RE: Veto Request – H.F. 1437 – Unfair Energy Rate Increases Dear Governor Dayton: I am writing to express AARP Minnesota’s grave concerns about language that was inserted into the omnibus agriculture and environment budget bill, H.F.1437, in the final minutes of the legislative session. This legislation would lead to significantly higher energy rates for …

Hometown Hero Dorian Grilley: Living in the Bike Lane

Posted on 05/15/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

By Bev Bachel Bike more, drive less. These four words sum up Dorian Grilley’s personal mission, as well as the mission of the Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota , the statewide nonprofit organization he heads. Dorian, like many of us, quit biking when he turned 16 and got his driver’s license. But in his mid- twenties, he became more aware of the negative impact driving has on the environment—and his own pocketbook. He also became more aware of the health benefits …