Livable communities advocate Ron Brinkman walks on a multiuse path near his home in Prescott Valley. Photo by Jill Richards

— By Ford Burkhart Before the sun peeks over Mingus Mountain, Ron Brinkman begins a five-mile stroll on his favorite multiuse path in northern Arizona. Neighbors young and old run by or pass him on bicycles. “The air is cool and clean, just right for morning walks,” said Brinkman, 70, a former oil company employee. As chair of AARP Yavapai Volunteers in the county that includes Prescott, Brinkman supported the effort to create the pathways in his town, Prescott Valley. It’s …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET/2 pm CT/1pm MT Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 12 p.m. on Thursday, December 1st and …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 1 P.M. Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is “Getting the …

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— “The end of Alzheimer’s starts with me.” That’s the slogan for the Phoenix Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Cosponsored by AARP Arizona, the Banner Alzheimer’s Institute and Dignity Health, the event is Saturday, Nov. 12. About 12,000 people are expected to participate on behalf of more than 120,000 Arizonans with dementia. Many families walk in teams, often representing three or four generations in support or memory of a loved one. Participants can choose between a one-mile route or a three-mile route. …

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— Join us for our free webinar “Heart Advice: Family Caregivers in the Heartland” Thursday, October 27th at 3 p.m. ET/2 p.m. CT. Be part of an open and honest conversation with Maren Turner and Judy Davis Cole, family caregivers in Kansas. You’ll learn how caregiving has changed in the last few years and how Maren and Judy care for loved ones with strength and grace. They’ll also take your questions live. PLUS, everyone who registers will receive a free stainless …

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— Want to become more warm & natural in job interviews? Don’t miss our fun, out-of-the-box webinar “Improv to Get the Job” THIS Thursday 10/20 at 7pm ET. Skilled improv artists Ellen Ornato-Feldman and Jenny Drescher — who hail from Connecticut — will help you learn how to use improvisation techniques that could help you land your next job! They’ll also take your questions live! PLUS everyone who registers will get a free travel mug! Register now!

Ann Kirkpatrick, left, is challenging John McCain for the U.S. Senate. Photos courtesy of the campaigns.

— By Miriam Davidson Arizona’s Republican and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate, Sen. John McCain and Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, agree on the need to protect Social Security and Medicare for current and future generations, but they disagree on how best to do that. McCain, 80, is in his fifth Senate term. Kirkpatrick, 66, is in her third (nonconsecutive) term representing the 1st Congressional District, which covers most of eastern Arizona, including Flagstaff. McCain spoke by telephone with the AARP Bulletin; Kirkpatrick …

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— Tempe is moving forward in its bid to become Arizona’s first “dementia friendly” city by raising awareness about cognitive decline and meeting the needs of its aging population. Tempe is one of several communities nationwide using a road map devised by the nonprofit organization Dementia Friendly America. The goal is to cultivate a culture that fosters quality of life for people with dementia by engaging the business, faith and health care communities in the effort. Community leaders are developing an …