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— Thousands of Louisianans won’t be able to enjoy the holidays at home because they are still recovering from last summer’s devastating flood. Considered one of the worst natural disasters since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Eastern Seaboard in 2012, the Louisiana flood caused more than $8.7 billion in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. About 150,000 homes in 26 parishes were damaged due to flooding. AARP Foundation has donated $1 million to nonprofit organizations that are helping with flood relief efforts. …

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— AARP Connecticut is offering AARP members and their guests an opportunity see two Bridgeport Sound Tigers games at a significantly discounted rate of $16 per Center Ice ticket (regular price of $36). In addition, the first 200 guests at each game to visit the AARP table in the concourse will receive a voucher for a free popcorn. Join us on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016 for an exciting evening of hockey when the Sound Tigers take on the Syracuse Crunch at …

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— Elliott Greenblott of Brattleboro, VT  has been named as the 2016 winner of the AARP Andrus Community Service Award. AARP’s most prestigious volunteer honor, the award is named for AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, an educator and tireless advocate of community service and volunteerism.  Andrus coined the motto, “To Serve, Not to be Served,” which remains part of the AARP credo to this day. “Elliott provides an excellent example of the difference that volunteering can make in the lives …

Tak Yue, left, and Ram Arya enjoy a game of table tennis at the Princeton Senior Resource Center. Photo by Gina LeVay.

— By Aliya S. King Cities and towns around the world are taking steps to make sure they are growing in ways that support older residents. In New Jersey, two communities—Prince­ton and Montclair—have officially joined the global movement to become more age-friendly. When Susan Hoskins, executive director of the Princeton Senior Resource Center, learned about the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, she knew hers should be added to the list. Communities must show progress in several areas, such as walkability and …

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— Por Aliya S. King Las ciudades y pueblos de todo el mundo están tomando medidas para asegurarse de que crezcan de forma que apoyen a los residentes mayores. En Nueva Jersey, dos comunidades (Princeton y Montclair) se han vinculado oficialmente al movimiento global para ser más compatibles con los adultos mayores. Cuando Susan Hoskins, directora ejecutiva del Princeton Senior Resource Center, se enteró de la Red de AARP de Comunidades Amigables con las Personas Mayores, ella supo que la suya …

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— The Main Stage Theatre at the Arvada Center in Arvada is offering discount admission for AARP members and their guests to enjoy a Dec. 10 matinee performance of I’ll Be Home for Christmas. The musical tells the story of a family preparing for a Christmas variety show when the oldest son returns home from the Vietnam War. To purchase the $30 tickets, call the box office at 720-898-7200 and use the promo code #4950.

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— In many urban and rural areas, it isn’t always easy to buy fresh, healthy food. The AARP state office is part of the Indiana Healthy Food Access Coalition, which aims to make it easy to buy fresh fruits and vegetables and whole-grain products in every neighborhood. The coalition is encouraging state legislators to set up a program that would use financial incentives such as tax credits, loans and grants to attract supermarkets and other healthy food retailers to underserved areas. …

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— AARP Idaho invites members and their guests to connect with AARP staff, volunteers and one another when the Idaho Steelheads host the Rapid City Rush, on Saturday, Dec. 17. The hockey game begins at 7 p.m. at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise. The $16 discount tickets include a rinkside meal of hot dog, chips and soft drink. Enjoying a hockey game with friends, or meeting new ones, is a great way to spend a Saturday evening, especially if you’ve experienced …

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— By Michelle Cerulli McAdams Tom Hirsch, an AARP volunteer in Palm Harbor, recalled how his late mother’s failing eyesight contributed to her diminishing ability to drive. Hirsch, 69, said he wishes he had known about the AARP Smart Driver and We Need to Talk programs at the time. They could have helped prepare him for tough conversations with his mother about giving up her car keys. Now he is an instructor for both programs in Florida. The Smart Driver program …

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— Parece sencillo, unas hojas de maíz rellenas de masa, con cerdo, frijoles, chiles poblanos o queso, luego enrollada y cocida al vapor a la perfección. Pero para lograr tener el tamal ideal —que no sea ni muy húmedo ni muy seco, y que tenga la proporción correcta de masa y relleno— he aquí una lección culinaria para los días de fiesta. El Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center y AARP te invitan a La Gran Tamalada (en inglés) el sábado 10 de …