— AARP members can hit a home run just by making reservations for AARP Day at the Ballpark on Saturday, July 1, when the Mat-Su Miners take on the Anchorage All Stars. All AARP members who register in advance can reserve up to four free seats for themselves and their family members and friends. The game will be at Hermon Brothers Field at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, starting at 7 p.m. An AARP volunteer will sing the national anthem, …

— Discrimination can lead to financial insecurity and isolation for many LGBT older adults. In Alaska, an AARP-backed coalition recently joined SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders), a national advocacy group with affiliates in 21 states. SAGE aims to ensure inclusion, security and quality of life for older LGBT adults and pursues policies to address their needs. “LGBT seniors are five times less apt to use senior services for fear of discrimination or not being accepted,” …

— In a state that never lacks for extreme conditions, AARP is working with local agencies to raise awareness about emergency preparedness. Residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley are invited to a free Emergency Expo and Safety Fair on May 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Willow Community Center on George Parks Highway in Willow. Sponsors include the Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services, Mat-Su Local Emergency Planning Committee and Willow Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Alaska is subject to …

— Betty Ford Center Expert Guides Families Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults in New Book “Not As Prescribed is a valiant effort at helping concerned loved ones and caregivers of older adults understand the dynamics behind [drug and alcohol problems]. Getting my mom to treatment, and then a life of recovery, wasn’t easy, but it was a miracle to us. Every life is worth saving.” – Susan Ford Bales, daughter of Betty Ford   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Statistics …

— January – Make a Plan Goal for January: Understand what puts you at risk from disasters and take steps to lower your risk. Disasters change things. When an emergency happens you may have to decide what to do very quickly, when you are worrying about what might happen. By planning ahead, it will be easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens. Read more http://do1thing.com/topics/plan Do 1 Thing is a non-profit organization that wants to help build stronger …

— Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) co-sponsored the legislation. AARP applauds the bipartisan action on S. 192, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) with Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The Senate passed the bill the same week that we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the OAA. “AARP is thrilled with the passage of this bipartisan bill reauthorizing the Older Americans Act in the Senate and we urge the …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 8, 2015 Local organization receives award for offering driving refresher courses in 2014 ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Driver Safety recognized the Anchorage Senior Activity Center with the inaugural “Top State Host” Award for its outstanding support in 2014 collaborating with local AARP Driver Safety volunteers to host its classroom-based driving refresher course, designed to help drivers stay safe and confident behind the wheel. “We are so grateful to the staff and volunteers at the Anchorage Senior …

— Launches Petition Supporting New Safeguards. With romance scammers using the Internet to rob Americans of an estimated $82 million in the last half of 2014, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network called on the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect their users. AARP is also inviting its members and the general public to become involved in the campaign by signing an online petition. Demonstrating the ease with which online dating con artists currently operate, the June/July edition of …

— AARP Alaska is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute which recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is Wednesday, July 15. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your nomination online.   Q: Who is eligible to be nominated? A: Nominees for the AARP State Andrus Award for Community …

— Elder Mentors have been improving children’s success in Head Start, classroom and other community settings across Alaska for more than 30 years. By providing one-on-one help with school work, modeling social and cultural values, and offering emotional support to children with exceptional/special needs, Elder Mentor volunteers offer the intergenerational relationships so important to healthy child development. Alaska’s Elder Mentors serve through the national Foster Grandparent – Senior Corps Program. Program goals include increasing school readiness for preschool children, increasing school …