— Volunteers are the face of AARP in the community. AARP Mississippi is honored to have so many talented and skilled individuals who have expressed an interest in giving back to their communities. We are preparing volunteers and equipping them with the tools they need to volunteer locally. We have begun hosting Volunteer Community-Based Team meetings in DeSoto County, the Gulf Coast and Central Mississippi. An ideal Volunteer Community-Based Team includes volunteers from all facets of AARP, including AARP Driver Safety, …

— The 2017 legislative session has begun, and AARP Mississippi is at the State Capitol keeping an eye on things important to Mississippi’s 50-plus population. Key issues are access to respite care, the Uniformed Power of Attorney Act and telehealth. Mississippi has a poor health record, placing at or near the bottom of state rankings on obesity, cancer, diabetes and overall health. But the state excels in telehealth, and the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center ranks …

— As we start a new year, it’s only natural to reflect on all that we accomplished in 2016, and turn our attention to what we hope to accomplish in 2017. George R. Bach said, “Caring has the gift of making the ordinary special.” To you, our volunteers, AARP Mississippi realizes this personifies you. We appreciate the significant contributions you made in helping us succeed in our 2016 endeavors- making life better for the 50+ population and their families. Thank you …

— Join AARP Colorado for its free Financial Resilience seminar in Green Valley Ranch the evening of Feb. 8, 2017 and learn how to get the most out of your retirement savings. Whether you are still working, or getting ready to collect Social Security, we introduce you to the tools to help you calculate what you have and what you’ll need. We also help you find real advice about collecting your benefits, how to save more money and how to cut down on unnecessary …

— Nice to see a category specifically for folks of AARP age!  Cheer on this seasoned team when the 7th annual 1883 Black Ice Pond Hockey Championships return to White Park in Concord from Friday, February 10 – Sunday, February 12! The tradition began in 2011 with a mission to help maintain and expand ice skating opportunities throughout the City of Concord.  In the past, proceeds from the event have aided in the restoration of local skating rinks, provided discounts for …

— The late Cesar Chavez was a migrant farmer worker and organizer, and a power example of what people can do when they unite for a meaningful cause. His struggle, hard work and dedication inspired and empowered people throughout the world. AARP Colorado recognizes this great leader and the face of the Chicano Movement with its sponsorship of a celebration and parade in his memory to be held April 1, 2017. The march will commence at Regis University at 10 a.m. and end in celebration at Cesar Chavez Park on …

— Just because it’s chilly outside, doesn’t mean we don’t know how to have a good time! We’re working in your neighborhood and hope you’ll join us. Here are some of the fun opportunities we have coming up that we hope you’ll join us for. All are welcome! Tuesday, February 14th: Tuesday’s at the Statehouse What better way to celebrate Valentines Day then by showing a little love to our state legislators in Augusta? Our monthly “Tuesday’s at the Statehouse,” event …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families!  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with the Maine Sheriff’s Association to host free shredding events and medicine disposal events.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Would you like to volunteer with us for one of these events?  Shredding events are fun, too!  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account …

— By Elaine Friesen-Strang When your neighborhood gets 10″ of snow, the sidewalk ends when it isn’t shoveled. My wintry walk was about to lose its way as I approached an old man bent over his shovel. I can call him old, because he proudly told me was so–87 years worth. He didn’t hesitate to hand me his shovel when I asked if he needed help, saying he was just about ready to give up. The next 15 minutes, I uncovered …

— AARP Foundation Offers Free Tax Assistance AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Program Available at Locations Across Tennessee NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Beginning Feb. 1, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will once again be providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income. This tax season, nearly 400 volunteers will prepare tax documents at 66 locations across Tennessee. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention to those 60 and older. You do not …