— AARP Connecticut – the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization in the state with nearly 600,000 members – announces the appointment of Cheshire resident Dr. Wayne Detzler as its new Volunteer State President. Dr. Detzler currently serves as the resident chaplain at Elim Park, where he also helped found the retirement community’s post-acute care and rehabilitation program. His current position at Elim Park is a continuation of a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching and assisting people. Dr. Detzler’s professional and volunteer work …

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— Great news for the public speakers out there who love to help people: AARP New Hampshire is hosting a training session to become a Life Reimagined Guide! Life Reimagined Check-ups are a new way of thinking about what’s next in your life. Backed by decades of research, Life Reimagined can help you discover possibilities, prepare for change, and make your ideas real, whether you’re focused on work, health, relationships, or pursuing a passion. Each check-up is led by a volunteer …

— Discover the Real Possibilities Get involved, take a stand, meet new people, have some fun   Together we can make a difference. It only takes one person to help change your world. You have the power to use your skills to do good anywhere, anytime. And you can start here. AARP Rhode Island volunteers work at the State House, at events statewide and partner with groups in cities and town to promote Livable Communities in the Ocean State.     …

— You’re invited to AARP’s Capitol Report, providing you with an up-to-the-minute report on the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. Hear more about AARP’s work to support family caregivers.  In addition, we’re ensuring that current retirement programs are preserved, working toward property tax relief, protecting vulnerable adults, and supporting more options allowing people to live safely in their own homes as they age. Learn more about what is happening in the North Dakota Legislature and how you can get involved. There is …

—   Philadelphia resident Joanne Grossi has recently been appointed as AARP Pennsylvania’s State President. In her new role, Grossi will help shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson in Pennsylvania. Grossi brings more than 30 years’ experience in public health, public policy and legislative affairs to her new position. Most recently, she served as a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked with federal, …

— Marie Knapp knows what it’s like to be lonesome.  As someone who has moved frequently, she has felt what she calls “the sting of loneliness” that comes with a new town.  Born in Haiti and adopted by a couple from the United States, Marie spent her childhood moving around Michigan with her family, who often had to relocate for her dad’s job.  Once Marie graduated from high school, she continued to move—Georgia, Mississippi, Ghana, and Jamaica, among many other locations.  …

— By Phil Nash, Executive Director The baby boom generation is rewriting the script for aging. Every day, ten thousand of us turn 65. But then what? More than ever, people of so-called “retirement age” are choosing to keep on working, keep on learning, and keep on finding ways to help their communities. Boomers Leading Change started with a big idea: older adults are healthier, better educated and have greater depth and breadth of work experience than previous generations. We are …

— Explore your Real Possibilities   AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, over 135,000 of whom live right here in Vermont (VT). Our mission includes helping people age 50 and over turn goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthening communities and fighting for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, livable communities, caregiving, employment security and financial resiliency.  At AARP, we believe age and experience expand your possibilities. AARP VT …

— Join AARP Virginia for a Volunteering Open House! AARP Virginia’s team of Community Ambassadors serves communities throughout the commonwealth in many ways. From representing AARP at various community events to presenting educational programs and workshops throughout the commonwealth, AARP Virginia volunteers are implementing AARP’s Purpose every day: To empower people to choose how they live as they age.  You’ll learn all the different ways you can volunteer with AARP Virginia to help enhance the quality of life for all as we age. …

— You are invited to participate in an online webinar to learn what AARP is doing to oppose changes to Medicare. These proposed changes would cut your benefits, increase your out-of-pocket costs, or reduce the ability of this critical program to deliver on its benefit promises for future retirees. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a premium support or voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees. Older North Dakotans depend on Medicare …