—   Thursday, June 29, 2017 : AARP NeighborWalks Littleton Tour, Littleton, CO – 5:3- pm – 7:30 pm Littleton Downtown Light Rail Station 5777 South Prince Street Littleton, CO  80120 Join AARP Colorado for NeighborWalks.  Enjoy guided walks through some of Denver’s most beautiful and interesting neighborhoods.  Come meet others in your community, learn the history and join the fun.  Walks will be led by a local historian. Littleton – This wonderful suburb to the south offers a great deal …

— The following was sent in a letter from AARP to members of Congress. The undersigned organizations, representing patients, consumers, and health care providers, write to express grave concern about potential changes to the fundamental structure and purpose of Medicaid, a vital source of health care for patients with ongoing health needs. Proposals to phase out Medicaid expansion and implement per capita caps or block grants, like those included in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), HR 1628, threaten the ability of …

— Colorado ranks No. 8 in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Colorado include: Affordability and Access: Another year of low ranking on the Aging and Disability Resource Centers program indicator suggests that that Colorado has room to improve the states ADRC. The measurements in this indicator have …

— AARP Colorado would like to share with you the following information. If you can’t be in Ireland,  volunteer at the Colorado Irish Festival! The 2017 Colorado Irish Festival will be commemorating its 23rd Anniversary! Held in the heather of Clement Park in Littleton, with a backdrop of the Rocky Mountain Highlands, the Colorado Irish Festival celebrates all that is Green. This eclectic gathering of tens of thousands is known throughout the west for its outrageous display of kilts and bagpipes; …

— Greetings one and all…   This morning I am particularly thankful for my home, my family, and my life. I’m not surprised. Gratitude often grows in the aftermath of adversity—one of the blessings to be embraced following challenging times in life. No doubt, the past 4 months have certainly been challenging for my family and me. In addition to a nonstop schedule of presentations and events, two of our beloved cats recently died of renal failure following months of intensive …

— Please join AARP at Foothills Art Center to view Variations on Growth: Ben Butler on Saturday, July 8, 2017. AARP members will enjoy free admission from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Ben Butler is a prolific artist, with a unique organic style. Largely process driven, he and his assistants work fluidly as they allow the procedure of cutting wood and foam into organic shapes and molds to inform the final product. The outcome is surprising and awesome in both scale …

—   The New 50+, “It’s a Mindset” says ‘we’re better than ever’ and AARP is here to urge active adults to learn more, play more and exceed all expectations.   Some of the AARP Colorado New 50+ – “It’s a Mindset”  summer activities include the following: Saturday, July 15 – Sunday, July 16, 2017 Winter Park Jazz Festival Gates open 11 a.m. Join AARP Colorado at the 35th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 15-16, 2017, at Hideaway Park in …

— Open to the general public. June 13 Free Screening of Moonlight TIME:  7:00 p.m. WHERE: Sie Film Center, 2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO 80206 You are invited to a free screening of Moonlight for Pride month!  Moonlight looks at three defining chapters in the life of Chiron, a young black man growing up in Miami. His epic journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Register Online     June …

— Do Good… Feel Good. The many benefits of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Research has proven time and again that volunteering provides a wide range of mental and physical health benefits. Mental stimulation, social engagement, and staying active are just a few of the benefits volunteers gain. Longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Harry Pierce, understands the personal benefits of volunteering very well. He became a regular construction volunteer with Habitat 11 years ago upon his retirement. “Volunteering makes me feel …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Shari Wilkins recently served as a caregiver for her aunt, a closeted lesbian who married her partner three days before dying at age 89. Wilkins was left to address the issue with surprised family, friends and church members. “I told everyone that at the end of her life, a life well lived, came the ultimate joy: She had gotten married,” Wilkins recalled. Wilkins, 70, of Denver, is a former manager for SAGE of the Rockies, a program …

— Per the National Council on Aging, every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an ER for a fall related injury, and 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year.  Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for persons aged 65 and older.  Even minor falls can be problematic when they instill a fear of falling, making it difficult for elders to stay active, sometimes leading to depression. The good news is that most falls …