— Tuesday, February 21, 28, March 7, 14:  LearnOn Classical Music Insights: Music for Stage and Screen, Metro State University AARP Discount 6 p.m.-8 p.m.- DENVER   AARP members receive 15% off on the class. Many of us first come to classical music through film scores. These will serve as the basis for a wonderful listening and learning environment, with music from Mendelssohn to John Williams and more. AARP Members and their guests can access the discount in the following ways: Call …

— As February, American Heart Month, draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of our heart health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, making them four times more likely to suffer a stroke, and three times more likely to die of a heart attack.  There are many drivers of high blood pressure including hormones, stress, diet, and lack of exercise, but the bottom line is high blood …

— Greetings one and all… Every month when writing the posting for the Caregiver’s Cairn, I am always amazed that another month has come and gone. Today is no different. In fact, the first month of 2017 seemed particularly fast paced. That is not totally unexpected. January is the month when I get my “ducks in row” professionally. Submit proposals. Schedule educational events. Finalize contracts. However, the pace seemed particularly swift (and stressful) this year due to unexpected and disturbing events. …

— AARP urges you to oppose House Joint Resolution 66 and 67. They revoke a rule and guidance providing states and cities with the flexibility to set up retirement savings options for small businesses and their employees. House Joint Resolutions 66 and 67 represent the kind of federal overreach we expect Colorado senators to oppose. Urge Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner to protect state flexibility on retirement savings programs by asking leadership not to take up Joint Resolutions 66 and 67, and …

— Conscious Aging is an eight-week series about embracing aging and living and passionate and fulfilling mature life. The program, offered by the Denver Public Library, is facilitated by Catherine Dockery, MA*, and is held every Monday at 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 27, 2017. Check out this groundbreaking series of workshops on how to transform the aging process at the Schlessman Family Library, 100 Poplar St. Denver, CO 80220.  This eight-part series will explore a variety of topics to enable people to come …

— In 20 minutes, you’ll learn what digital skills you need to improve to compete in today’s workforce.     Workers 50+ are reinventing their careers. That’s why we created the AARP Work & Jobs Digital Skills Inventory. This free online tool will help you identify the digital skills you need to find a new job or excel in the one you already have. Try it now. www.aarp.org/skillsinventory You might discover that you know more than you think. Whether you’re fine-tuning your Microsoft …

— By Phil Nash, Executive Director The baby boom generation is rewriting the script for aging. Every day, ten thousand of us turn 65. But then what? More than ever, people of so-called “retirement age” are choosing to keep on working, keep on learning, and keep on finding ways to help their communities. Boomers Leading Change started with a big idea: older adults are healthier, better educated and have greater depth and breadth of work experience than previous generations. We are …

— AARP and the Colorado School and Public Employee Retirement Association are sponsoring an Essay Contest with the title “My Grandparents are the best grandparents in the world!”  Essays will be judged by CSPERA members and the results will be announced by April 14, 2017.  There will be a first- and second-place winner in each of the four CSPERA State Divisions:  the Metro Division, the Northeast Division, the Southern Division, and the Western Division.   Each winner will receive as follows: First Place – A …

— AARP Colorado is featuring The Caregiver’s Cairn: A Roadmap to Caregiving, a new and very valuable caregiving blog written by Jane Barton and packed with information about caring for you, while you care for a loved one.  Join us each month for a new topic on caregiving, brought to you by Jane Barton. 2017 February 2017: We Need More “Happy” January 2017: Great Expectations 2016 December 2016: Let HOPE Light the Way November 2016: November—National Hospice and Palliative Care Mont October 2016: …

— The internet is a wonderful place to stay in touch with friends, conduct business and get information. Scammers also really like the internet because it gives them access to the billions of people who are online every day. When you are online make sure to take proper precautions to keep your personal and financial information safe and avoid these common scams: Phishing: Scammers impersonate a business or federal agency to trick you into giving out personal or financial information. This …

— On behalf of more than 660,000 AARP members in Colorado, we are pleased to share the link to all the bills we are tracking in the Colorado legislature.  Our positions are as follows: Strongly Support Support Monitor Oppose and Strongly Oppose  When we strongly support or oppose a bill we testify and actively work on it. Of the 43 bills we are currently tracking, we are strongly supporting: House Bill 17- 1116,  Continue Low –income Household Energy Assistance Senate Bill 17-057, Colorado …