Reaching Across The Generations

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By Dana E. Neuts Last fall Leslie Meyer, 61, volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters, where she was matched with 10-year-old Elizabeth, a Russian girl who came to America with her mother and brother when she was 5. “I realized being a Big Sister could make a difference in a girl’s life,” said Meyer, a retired insurance broker from Kirkland. “I wanted to be a support system.” Serving as Elizabeth’s mentor, Meyer takes her “little sister” on weekly outings to …

Help for Buying Fresh Produce

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Eating fresh vegetables and fruits is part of a healthy lifestyle, but it can be expensive. That’s why AARP Pennsylvania wants residents on fixed incomes to know they may be eligible for four $5 checks redeemable at qualified farmers markets and roadside stands, beginning June 1. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program offers the checks to Pennsylvanians 60 and older whose annual income does not exceed $22,311 for an individual or $30,044 for a couple. The checks are distributed first …

Communities Eye Their Livability

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By Robert Hodder and Eugene Kane David Hoffman doesn’t let his age or the unpredictable Wisconsin weather keep him from his regular run. But he does want to complete his exercise without getting “run over by somebody” in his Milwaukee neighborhood of Bay View. That’s why Hoffman, 82, is one of the leading volunteers—he won the AARP 2015 Andrus Award in Wisconsin, named after the association’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus—and advocates for “age-friendly communities” in Wisconsin. The initiative seeks to …

Workshop to Safeguard Your Identity

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AARP Maryland has teamed up with Baltimore County Restoring Elder Safety Today (BC-REST) to cosponsor a workshop on Thursday, June 15, to help Baltimore-area residents avoid financial abuse. In 2016, Maryland ranked seventh among the states in per capita complaints of fraud and identity theft filed with the Federal Trade Commission. Con artists often target people who have been building a nest egg for years. The workshop will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Randallstown Community Center, …

Local Chapters Bring AARP to Life

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By Novella Cross Holmes Ann Simmons is excited about the new energy infusing AARP chapters around the state. The 26 member-led Georgia chapters are holding educational programs, volunteer activities and events that benefit their local communities. “We’re sharing best practices from chapter to chapter, and our chapter is working smarter,” said Simmons, 66, of Atlanta, president of Chapter #3793, which meets in southwest Fulton County. Greg Davis, 64, of Warner Robins, president of Chapter #1952 in Houston County, said his …

Stay in the Know About AARP

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AARP Vermont invites members to stay in the know about its advocacy on their behalf, opportunities to get involved and fun activities close to home. Learn the latest about the AARP state office’s efforts to help working people save for retirement and protect consumers from fraud. Enjoy local AARP discounts, and be the first to sign up for special events, such as AARP Vermont’s annual Day at the Lake. To sign up for occasional informative emails, send an email with …

On the Road to Safer Driving—And a Discount

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By Kelly Soderlund Gloria Clancy, who’s been driving for 54 years, said she “thought I knew everything about driving.” But after a friend mentioned some new concepts he had learned in the AARP Smart Driver course, Clancy was intrigued about what she didn’t know. She signed up for a two-day Smart Driver course last year at the Darien Park District Community Center and was amazed at what she learned. “I’m guessing most people know the rules of the road, but …

Workshop to Update Your Job Skills

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If you’re 50 or older, you probably have valuable job experience. But do you have the right tools for a successful  job search? AARP DC is offering a hands-on workshop to help job seekers find employment and develop the skills they need in today’s workplace. In 2015, District residents ages 45-64 had higher unemployment rates than the national average for that age group. The event, called Job Search in the Digital Age, will be Thursday, June 22, at 4 p.m. …

Join Us for Meet-and-Greet Events

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AARP Maine is hosting several free meet-and-greet events this month for AARP members and their guests. Celebrate Portland Pride on Saturday, June 17, at AARP Maine’s table in Deering Oaks Park. There will be free giveaways and a fun prize wheel for people of all ages. Baseball fans can enjoy a game and picnic dinner on Wednesday, June 28, at 7 p.m., when the Portland SeaDogs take on the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. The  event, valued at $24, is free, …

Learn to Control Your Energy Bill

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By Melissa Preddy Cindy Karagosian recently upgraded to LED light bulbs throughout her three-bedroom ranch house and has been swapping energy conservation tips with friends. But the ninth-grade English teacher from Independence Township figures she could do more to trim her electric bill—she just isn’t sure where to start. The average monthly household electric tab in Michigan was $93.61 in 2015, according to the latest figures from the federal Energy Information Administration. That’s up from $58.99 a decade earlier. Michigan …