Volunteers Pack Food for the Needy

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing For the third straight year, nearly three dozen volunteers from AARP Arizona and other organizations will be packing food boxes as part of AARP’s National Day of Service. The effort will take place at the Valley View Community Food Bank in Sun City on Sept. 11. “It’s like the old Lucille Ball in the candy factory thing,” said Kathy Stevens, AARP Arizona associate state director and coordinator of the effort. “It’s an assembly line and it’s hard work.” Last year, …

Most Pedestrian Deaths Are Preventable, Report Says

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Pedestrian deaths on Phoenix streets are disproportionately high among older adults, and safer road design could make a difference, according to a report from Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition. The Phoenix metro area ranks ninth nationally in the number of preventable pedestrian deaths. AARP Arizona supports complete streets policies, which call for including bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks in street design. Designing for safety could prevent most pedestrian fatalities, the report said. People age 65 and older make …

Small Group Events Help People Figure Their “What’s Next?”

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Life Reimagined is a new way of thinking about what’s next in your life. Backed by decades of research, Life Reimagined can help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your ideas real – whether you’re focused on work, health, relationships or finally pursuing your passion. AARP in Phoenix has Life Reimagined volunteers that are available to conduct “Check-up” events for small group gatherings across the Valley and in metro Phoenix.  Sandy Rupp is the Lead Volunteer for Life …

AARP Phoenix Hosts Brain Health Event

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Phoenix recently hosted a Brain Health seminar in Mesa, Arizona, where a panel of guest experts talked about the importance of keeping your brain healthy as you age. Among the guest speakers was Dr. Matt Huentelman, an Associate Professor in the Neurogenomics Division at the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (“TGen”). Watch Dr. Huentelman talk about the important things people can do to keep their brain healthy here. In addition to Dr. Huentelman, the seminar featured panel expert Dr. …

Prescott Area Volunteers Help Sort Food for Needy Yavapai County Families

Posted on 05/19/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Volunteers from Prescott and Prescott Valley recently turned out to help sort food at the Yavapai County Food Bank as part of the Stamp out Hunger food drive. Volunteers separated items that were collected by U.S. Postal Service carriers during the Stamp out Hunger effort, which was held on May 12 in which letter carriers picked up bags of donated food left at mail boxes and delivered them to local food banks and pantries. “It’s hard to believe that …

Community Educators Adding Dangers of Fraud

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Arizona’s popular Community Educators Program has added the dangers of fraud as one of its topics for this year. Established in 2011, the program uses trained volunteers to make presentations on issues such as Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. The program has grown significantly since the first presentation. More than 10,000 people attended the free sessions last year, said David Parra, AARP Arizona director of community outreach. He expects to add 10 bilingual volunteer presenters to …