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— Join us for a free and interactive drum circle at the Beatitudes Church in Glendale on Tuesday, October 25th from 6 to 7:30 p.m.! Drum circles have been around since ancient times, with strong roots in African and Native American cultures. Now the therapeutic benefits of beating drums and creating rhythms are reaching broader audiences.  Drumming helps connect the world of music and rhythm with wellness and well-being. Drumming has proven not only to reduce stress but to boost the …

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— This fall AARP is hosting a series of CAREversations—free events that mix fun with purpose. Each event encourages caregivers to share tips, build a support network and learn about local resources. The 90-minute sessions include table conversations, as well as opportunities to mix and mingle. AARP provides complimentary food and beverages. CAREversations are scheduled in Gilbert, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Glendale, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Tempe, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. …

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— Joys and Challenges Facing Military Caregivers featuring MG Antonio M. Taguba, USA (Ret.) and Meg Kabat, Department of Veterans Affairs Thursday, September 8th 2pm ET/1pm CT REGISTER HERE After his parents became ill, Major General Antonio “Tony” Taguba and his siblings found themselves unprepared to care for them. Faced with tough decisions about health and finances, they found a way to care for their parents the best they could. Join Major General Taguba and Meg Kabat, National Director, Caregiver Support …

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— Unstuck! Lightening the Heart of the Family Caregiver With Humor featuring Peter Rosenberger Thursday, August 25th  7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT Listen up family caregivers: humor is an expression of a healthy heart — not a defense mechanism! After more than 30 years as a family caregiver for his wife, Gracie, including 78 operations, 60 doctors in 12 hospitals and $9 million in medical bills, Peter Rosenberger has learned: it’s OK to laugh! Join him for this free online event …

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— AARP Arizona is holding free Life Reimagined workshops in Phoenix and Tucson this spring to help people age 50-plus navigate life transitions in areas such as work, relationships and well-being. Through fun activities and interesting conversations, participants reflect on where they are, decide where they want to go and make a plan to get there. “Those who have experienced a major life-changing event such as losing a loved one, being laid off from a good job or moving to a …

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— Demographic trends suggest that if you aren’t a family caregiver now – you will be someday! With more than 43.5 million family caregivers in the United States, support for this silent army continues to grow.  From books to support groups, training classes and apps – the challenge has become connecting caregivers to available resources.  That’s why AARP has its I Heart Caregivers initiative. Join AARP Oklahoma state director, Sean Voskuhl, AARP Wisconsin state director, Sam Wilson and AARP caregiving expert Amy …

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—   AARP joins the celebration at Dbacks stadium. Come and be part of the Hispanic Heritage Day Street Festival, which will include food, music and entertainment. Visit us at the AARP information table inside the main concourse.  For AARP discounted tickets visit http://www.dbacks.com/aarp, and use code sept 16

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— Interview skills can always be improved and practiced, so don’t miss out and go into your next interview cold! AARP wants to help you by taking you behind the scenes of an interview, and help you learn what questions to ask, and what questions to avoid. Don’t miss our interactive  webinar “Interview Intel: Behind the Scenes Advice to Win Your Job” featuring AARP Jobs expert Kerry Hannon Tuesday August 9th at 3PM ET/ 2PM CT. Be sure to Register NOW! …

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— By Miriam Davidson Bonnie Jackson, an AARP community educator, remembered the time she gave her “best ever” presentation at the Coolidge Public Library. Turnout was low, but she was not discouraged. “There were six people, all female,” recalled Jackson, 68, a retired junior high school teacher from Peoria. She gave a talk on the AARP Foundation Finances 50+ program, about ways to manage personal finances. “We had a wonderful discussion,” she said. “Halfway through the two-hour session, I asked if …

Retired nurse-practitioner Hope Busto-Keyes of Tucson works to conserve energy in small and big ways. She’s always been into conservation and a nature lover.  Here, she walks in nature near her home.   Photo by Chis Hinkle

— By Miriam Davidson Retired nurse practitioner Hope Busto-Keyes believes in conserving energy. “I jumped on the bandwagon in the ’70s,” the Tucson resident said. “Turning the lights off, and little things like that.” Last year, as a customer of Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Busto-Keyes, 63, wrote a letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state board that regulates utility companies, urging commissioners to support TEP’s plans for energy efficiency standards and customer rebate programs. Now, Busto-Keyes and other advocates worry …