McCarther Graduates from VLI

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Events | Missouri | Volunteering Sidney McCarther of Kansas City was selected to participate in AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute or VLI and graduated from the program Dec. 10 in Washington DC. VLI is a rigorous and innovative year-long training program designed to elevate highly skilled and motivated AARP volunteers to the next level of volunteer leadership.  (S/he) will be joined by 33 other exceptional AARP volunteers from across the country, who will meet both in person and virtually throughout the year to build their leadership …

It’s Older Driver Week!

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

About AARP | Health & Wellbeing | Missouri In celebration of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week – December 1 through 5 – AARP members and non-members can register fo the AARP Smart Driver online course at 30 percent off the normal rate! This offer is good until December 7! Upon registration at www.aarpdriversafety.org, participants have 60 days to complete the course in which they will learn valuable safe driving strategies. Older Driver Safety Week is sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and aims to provide understanding …

Livability For All: The 2014 AARP Livable Communities Survey of St. Louis County

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | Community Engagement | Comments

Home & Family | Missouri ©iStock.com/gabrieleckert AARP conducted a survey of St. Louis County residents age 45+ asking what they thought is important to make St. Louis County a great place to live for decades to come. The full report is available for downloading, but here are some key highlights.    Housing: Housing is the most important livable community issue for St. Louis County residents. Most survey respondents are home owners and say they would prefer to age in place so it is not surprising …

Communities Can Serve Residents of All Ages

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Missouri By Dennis J. Wilson When better sidewalk maintenance was listed as a top priority in a survey of Blue Springs residents last year, Scott Allen saw it as a red flag. Allen is the community development director for Blue Springs (population 53,000), a suburb east of Kansas City. Sidewalk construction and repair was made a priority. It was not difficult to document. “You can see where you are missing them; you can see where they need improvements,” Allen said. The …

Make Small Changes Toward Better Health

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Missouri Feel free to indulge a little during the holiday season. AARP St. Louis has joined with the City of St. Louis Department of Health to support your 2015 resolutions toward a better life with a 10-week “Small Changes for Health” program. The system promotes gradual increases in better decision-making rather than a rapid approach. The Web-based Small Changes plan provides tips and activities that promote a healthier lifestyle at your pace. Each week, the program adds a new regimen that …

Help for Paying Utility Bills in Winter

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Missouri AARP encourages Missourians on fixed incomes to apply for Utilicare, which helps thousands of households pay for utility bills during cold winter weather. Energy demand was 27 percent higher than average nationwide last winter, according to the National Climatic Data Center. “This program offers peace of mind for people who otherwise might have to choose between staying warm or buying medicines and groceries,” said Craig Eichelman, AARP state director. Missourians may qualify for Utilicare if their annual income does not …