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 select performing arts venues. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the History Theatre and Park Square Theatre in St. Paul will honor discounts on selected performances. Stay warm, connect with your friends and neighbors and enjoy local …

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 …

The Case for Paid Family Leave

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There are nearly 600,000 family caregivers in Minnesota who are taking care of an adult relative, spouse or friend.  There are even more who are caring for children or grandchildren and most of these unsung heroes are doing so while working, raising families and trying to save for their kids college or their own retirement.  And most are doing so without basic workplace protections.  In fact, only 13 percent of Minnesota workers have paid family and medical leave through their employers.  AARP …

See AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins in the Twin Cities

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Don’t miss your opportunity to be entertained and inspired in the Twin Cities when AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins visits this October.  There are three unique events where you can see her during her visit to Minnesota.     Community Conversation with Jo Ann Jenkins You’re invited to join Jo Ann Jenkins for a Community Conversation in Minneapolis. Discover how AARP plans to disrupt aging and what it means for AARP’s members and the 50 plus community. Hear how this nationwide …

Hometown Hero Mark Thompson: Walking to Change Lives

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By: Kate Makowski Mark Thompson first experienced Alzheimer’s twenty years ago when his Grandmother was diagnosed with the disease that impacts over 100,000 Minnesotans.  In 2010, his family became reacquainted when his mother developed younger-onset Alzheimer’s. As anyone who has lived with (or cared for someone) with the disease knows, Alzheimer’s changes you in many ways.  For Mark Thompson, Alzheimer’s made him an advocate. It brought him to the Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s, where he has volunteered for …

Running Towards Change: Mile in My Shoes

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By Laura Ledray & Kate Makowski Homelessness is an issue that is typically frowned upon, or viewed with a lack of understanding. For Mishka Vertin and Mike Jurasits, the disadvantages that people experiencing homelessness endure can’t be overlooked. The two set out to enrich the lives of the community by offering an activity that strengthens the mind and body: running. Vertin and Jurasits are the founders of Mile in My Shoes, an innovative nonprofit organization that provides shoes, running gear, …

Raise Your Voice Before Xcel Raises Your Rates

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Right now, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) is considering a request from Xcel Energy that could raise customer rates by nearly 10% or about $132 a year. If approved, Xcel will have raised rates on their Minnesota customers 6 years in a row. When utility bills go up it hits everyone’s pocket book, especially those on fixed incomes or struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully in Minnesota, we have an engaged PUC that carefully considers the input of utility …

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 2016 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 …