— Though retired from a business management consulting career, Mari Okabayashi stays active as a champion for older persons and volunteer for AARP in Houston. This month, Okabayashi accepted a two-year appointment to serve on the AARP Texas Executive Council. Executive Council members are appointed volunteers who work with AARP Texas staff and volunteers throughout the state to provide strategic guidance in support of AARP’s national strategies. For more than seven years, Okabayashi has been an AARP Texas volunteer. She’s been …

— Age-Friendly DC is a coordinated, comprehensive, and collective-action effort with the goal of ensuring that the District of Columbia is a great place for all ages to live, work and play! As a DC resident, you have a say in building a better future for the city. What has improved in your community? What concerns you? We want to hear from you! Please RSVP here for an upcoming listening session in your community. As a DC resident, you have a …

— AARP in Sioux Falls hosted over 230 AARP members and guests at a fun red carpet event last Friday night to celebrate the Oscars and to discuss the importance of Medicare in South Dakota. Volunteers shared great information about why Medicare is important to them, and how turning the program into a voucher system could hurt low-income seniors in our state. More that half of the attendees took action – filing out 129 petitions that have been sent to Congress, urging them to …

— As February, American Heart Month, draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of our heart health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, making them four times more likely to suffer a stroke, and three times more likely to die of a heart attack.  There are many drivers of high blood pressure including hormones, stress, diet, and lack of exercise, but the bottom line is high blood …

— AARP Louisiana is gearing up for its annual Soul Fest event! Round up the family and join us Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA. Soul Fest is a celebration of African American culture, highlighting the accomplishments and heritage through food, crafts and music. There’s something for everyone! Attendees can purchase authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers, take in the smooth rhythms of …

— With the popcorn and sodas stacked neatly in rows, AARP sponsored its first Movies For Grownups at the Grandin Theater in Roanoke, Virginia.  Although the movie started at 1:30 PM, AARP members started trickling in the theater at 11:30 AM in hopes of getting a prime seat. Many members were told to come early because the theatre would be filled. Patricia Broadneaux and Shirley Harris were just two of the members that came early to see Maya Angelou: And Still …

— AARP Kansas invites Wichita residents to visit and celebrate with us as we open a satellite location in the Atwater Resource Center at 2755 E 19th St N. The celebration takes place on Saturday, March 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. AARP, which provides advocacy, information and resources focused on those who are 50 and older, has much to offer local residents that they may not be aware of. “We know that members of the Wichita community will be surprised …

— “It is truly an honor to represent our more than 650,000 AARP members in Tennessee and act as the principal volunteer spokesperson,” said Kraig Smith, the newly appointed state president for AARP Tennessee. AARP Tennessee is pleased to welcome Nashville-resident Kraig Smith as its new state president, the top AARP volunteer role in the state. As state president, Smith will serve as the head of the AARP Tennessee Executive Council and will lead the council in its work with the …

— To celebrate Black History Month and “Firsts After 50,” we’re highlighting trailblazing Californians like Emmett Ashford (1914- 1980), who in 1966 became the first Black American umpire in Major League Baseball at age 52. Ashford’s story came to our attention when his daughter, Adrienne Bratton, shared a comment about him our Facebook page on a post about another famous Jefferson High School graduate and Angeleno — Ralph Bunche, the first Black American to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. After graduating from …

AARP Maryland helping fight hunger with our Harvest for the Hungry Food Drive in March 2015.

— Updated February 2017: We are currently looking for on-the-ground volunteers who can donate a few hours of their time in locations across Maryland during the weekend of April 29-30. If you are interested, please email Joy Hall at jhall@aarp.org. Between 10-12 percent of Marylanders aged 50+ struggle with hunger, and we are doing our part to help bring relief to those in need while providing volunteers the opportunity to “give where they live.” AARP Maryland helps to combat senior food …