Alexandria Senior Leader Named Minnesota AARP Volunteer of the Year

Posted on 10/27/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy | Minnesota | Press | Volunteering Kathryn LeRoy LeBrasseur of Alexandria was presented with the 2014 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service at an awards reception held at the Senior Community Center today. The award honors Minnesotans over the age of 50 who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. As part of the award, AARP made a $1,000 donation to the Alexandria Senior Community Center. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important …

Los votantes mayores ejercen su gran influencia

Posted on 10/9/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Minnesota Por Pamela Schmid Ya que los votantes de 50 años o más juegan un papel fundamental en las elecciones por las gobernaciones y cargos legislativos del mes que viene, AARP Minesota se asegurará de que los candidatos expongan sus posiciones sobre temas clave a sus socios. “El voto del adulto mayor va a ser decisivo en los resultados de las elecciones en todo el estado de Minesota”, dijo Larry Jacobs, director del Center for the Study of Politics and Governance …

Older Voters Face Big Issues, Wield Clout

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

Advocacy | Minnesota By Pamela Schmid With voters 50 or older playing a crucial role in November’s gubernatorial and legislative races, AARP Minnesota will make sure candidates stake out their positions on key issues to its members. “The senior vote is going to be decisive in the outcomes of the statewide races in Minnesota,” said Larry Jacobs, director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for the Study of Politics and Governance. “We’ll see a concerted effort by both political parties to target seniors, …

Minnesota’s 50+ Population Driving State Economy

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy | Minnesota | Money & Work | Press AARP recently released an economic analysis, compiled by Oxford Economics, which sought to quantify the economic impact of American consumers over the age of 50 years of age.  Dubbed the “Longevity Economy” the report looks at the sum of all economic activity serving the needs of Americans over 50 and including both the products and services they purchase directly and the further economic activity this spending generates. In Minnesota, people over 50 contribute to the economy in a positive, outsize …

Fraud Fighter Presentations Available

Posted on 09/20/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Minnesota | Money & Work AARP Minnesota invites community groups across the state to schedule a free Fraud Fighter presentation. About 20 volunteer presenters are available to talk about the latest trends in telephone and online scams, unsuitable investments and even theft by family members. Participants can learn how to recognize the tricks con artists use and how to protect themselves from fraud. To request a presentation, email Jay Haapala, AARP associate state director for community outreach, at or call him at 651-726-5654.

Solving Hunger: Finding Those Who Need Help

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources | Minnesota | Volunteering By Mary Van Beusekom During her year working for AARP Minnesota, Lynne McMullen learned that hunger can appear in unexpected ways: “Senior hunger is often an invisible problem. Hunger can look like obesity because you don’t have the money to eat healthy food.” McMullen joined the AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger ( as part of the national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps. Her task as an outreach coordinator was to identify ways to reach Minnesotans who may go hungry but …