— Did you know that only 31% of 4th graders in this country are able to read at a proficient level? Research shows that children who don’t read proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma. But YOU can help to change this by volunteering with AARP Experience Corps, an award-winning program that places people over the age 50 in the classroom with students in kindergarten through third grade to help …

— Last year, AARP strongly supported the passage of Measure M because we believed it represented a critical investment in Los Angeles County’s transportation infrastructure that will help transform local communities into more livable, age-friendly places in the years to come. Some of our members expressed concern about AARP’s support of a local tax increase, and some asked what AARP’s role would be after the election.  We pledged to keep our elected leaders accountable on their progress towards Measure M’s goals, …

— From job, health, and financial workshops, to community activities and fun events, there are many ways to connect with AARP in your community this summer. Here are few highlights: Movie Picnic Night: Interested in watching a movie under the stars? Join us at Movie Picnic Night, the only FREE outdoor Chinese movie event in Los Angeles. There will be pre-show Mandarin pop-music, gourmet food trucks, and more. Don’t forget to bring your AARP card and stop by our booth to …

— Español. On Saturday, July 29 AARP in Los Angeles is pleased to sponsor the presentation of the movie “FRIDA” at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, celebrating 15 years since the 2002 Oscar-Winning film was screen for the first time. Enjoy an outdoor screening of the film, a fashion show inspired by the icon, and a marketplace featuring Frida art and jewelry. Listen to a musical tribute honoring the artist’s close friend, Chavela Vargas, by Rosalie Rodriguez. Authentic Oaxaqueña food …

— AARP has numerous resources available to help individuals make a difference in making their communities for livable for residents of ALL ages. Below you will find descriptions and links to some of these resources. Experience Corps Experience Corps connects volunteers with children who are struggling to read to provide tutoring that transforms lives. AARP Walk Audit Toolkit The AARP Walk Audit Tool Kit provides a step-by-step guide for assessing a community’s walkability. The tool kit helps identify the roads and …

— This is a fundamental question that many fail to ask.  AARP’s FREE HomeFit workshops offer tips and ideas to make sure you can continue living in your home as you age. You’ll learn about simple modifications, such as installing bar handles in bathrooms — that can help prevent falls and other injuries, which become more likely as both houses and their inhabitants age. The workshop comes with the AARP HomeFit Guide, which offers advice on simple fixes that you can …

— En Español On Thursday, June 8th, 2017, Abraham Lincoln High School graduate, Priscilla Velez, was selected as the recipient of this year’s Andrus Opportunity Award along with $5,000 to help her pay for her education. The award is named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who served as principal of Lincoln High from 1916 to 1944. At the end of the summer of 2013, at a gala event marking the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln High School, AARP officially announced the funding of the Andrus Opportunity …

— On Tuesday, June 6, AARP formally welcomed the City of Novato into AARP’s Network of Age-Friendly Communities. AARP California Associate State Director of Community, Rafi Nazarians, presented the City of Novato with the official certificate of membership during the City Council’s general session. “From our youth to our seniors, Novato is committed to residents of all ages,” said Novato Mayor Denise Athas. “Our City fosters initiatives that encourage our residents to live and thrive within our community. Age-Friendly communities are …

— What would major streets in Los Angeles County look like without motor vehicles? It’s hard to imagine, but on June 11th you can experience a day of car-free streets in Glendale. Join AARP at CicLAvia, the country’s largest open-streets event, as we work in partnership with Los Angeles County and the city of Los Angeles to address the community’s desire for safe streets and healthy living for people of all ages. Over the last six years, CicLAvia has temporarily closed …

— By Rita Beamish Lydia Sussman knew she wanted to volunteer in retirement, preferably in a role taking advantage of her specific skills. She had been a teacher for 33 years in Los Angeles public school programs for deaf and hard-of-hearing children. That made her a good fit for Jumpstart, a nonprofit that helps provide underserved youngsters with language, literacy and developmental skills to get ready for kindergarten. She was tapped to mentor the “grandparent” volunteers who teach the Jumpstart curriculum …