— If you are gravely ill and unable to speak for yourself, who will make medical decisions for you? Who will handle your estate when you die? These are questions everyone must face. Having an updated will, an advance directive (or living will) and power-of-attorney designations for health care and financial affairs can provide peace of mind and help protect against fraud. AARP Alabama is offering free information sessions in several cities across the state to help people learn how to …

— Older Americans are embracing digital technology more than ever. Four in 10 Americans 65-plus have smartphones, while a third own tablets and a fifth have e-readers. AARP Alabama invites those who are still figuring out how to use a touch-screen tablet to come to an AARP TEK workshop in Montgomery on Wednesday, Sept. 27. Participants will learn how to use a tablet for texting, sharing photos and keeping in touch with family members and friends on Facebook. In addition, they …

— A new state law allows Alabamians with disabilities to save for their future needs without adversely affecting their benefits from programs such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. Under the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, people with disabilities can put up to $14,000 a year into a tax-exempt savings account to pay for expenses that enhance their quality of life. Family members and friends may contribute, and total assets can grow to as much as $100,000 without …

— Mobile, AL – AARP Alabama, with its more than 430,000 members, announces the appointment of Dorothy Dorton, MS CTRS, to the position of Associate State Director for Community Outreach. Dorton, a Mobile native, will provide outreach and support for AARP programs and initiatives in Mobile and parts of lower Alabama, working with volunteers and maintaining AARP’s relationships with residents and community leaders in that part of the state. The appointment was announced Candi Williams, AARP Alabama State Director, who said: …

— Do you know a volunteer age 50 plus who is making, or has made, a significant difference in your community? Honor their dedication, commitment, and creativity with a nomination for the 2017 AARP Alabama Andrus Award for Community Service — AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer …

— Baseball, superheroes, fireworks and a discount—what better way to spend a Saturday evening in Montgomery? AARP Alabama and the Montgomery Biscuits baseball team are teaming up to offer $4 tickets—a 70 percent discount—on the first 150 tickets sold to those who call or go online to buy tickets for the May 20 game against the Jackson Generals. The game will be held on Superheroes Night, giving fans an opportunity to take a photo with Wonder Woman or Spider-Man. AARP Alabama …

— Take some steps toward better health with the new walking group in Montgomery, sponsored by AARP. This group will walk each Tuesday and Thursday at Ida Belle Young Park, 5400 Vaughn Road, beginning May 2 at 7 a.m. Participants will receive pedometers, special t-shirts and other incentives. This unique 24 acre park is home to a sight-impaired playground, picnic shelter with restroom, tennis courts and a walking trail. The park is intersected by a stream which is bordered by natural plant …

— As part of AARP’s Operation Stop Scams, AARP Alabama is teaming up with the Montgomery Clean City Commission, MAX Credit Union, and WSFA for a FREE public Shred-A-Thon on Friday, April 21 from 7 AM to 1 PM at Garrett Coliseum South Parking Lot. The shred even is free, but we are asking the public to consider bringing a non-perishable food donation to benefit the Montgomery Area Food Bank. Bring up to three bags or file boxes of unwanted personal …

— AARP Alabama is teaming up with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce, WPMI Local 15, and the Mobile Bay Bears for a FREE public Shred-A-Thon on Saturday, April 22 from 9 AM to 1 PM at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile. Bring up to three bags or file boxes of documents to be shredded on-site by Shred-it. Fraud and identity theft is a multi-billion dollar crime in the U.S. One of the best ways to protect yourself is by shredding …

— Bicycling is a great way to get exercise and to see a city. Zyp BikeShare makes that even more appealing in Birmingham by offering a discount to AARP members. The company has 400 bicycles throughout the metro area, which are available to members for short-term use. About 100 of the bikes have an electric feature that makes pedaling easier. Annual memberships, usually $75 a year, are $65 for AARP members. Membership gives riders daily use of bikes for up to …