Brain Health Seminar in Glendale

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Scientific research on the human brain has led to some exciting clues and breakthroughs on how people can stay mentally fit as they age. That knowledge has stimulated boomers’ interest in the subject. In response, AARP Arizona is offering a “Training the Grownup Brain” seminar Oct. 28 in Glendale. Participants will get tips from experts on the best ways to stay mentally sharp. Featured speaker Matt Huen­telman, a professor at the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), will talk about …

AARP Among Community Partners Supporting Rio Salado College Intergenerational Sustainability Program

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Arizona, the City of Surprise, Surprise Community Garden, RISE Life Long Learning Center and Birt’s Bistro have partnered to launch a new program designed to teach multi-generational learners how to choose, grow and cook their own super foods. The new Intergenerational Sustainability Program is being made possible by a grant awarded by the City of Surprise. The program is comprised of three non-credit classes that focus on the science of food and nutrition, gardening techniques and the cooking of …

A Majority of Americans Haven’t Practiced Emergency Preparedness

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Health & Wellbeing America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign offers specific actions to prepare for a disaster by John Reinhart A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years. Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency is the message of the America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide grassroots campaign for …

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 …