— Thursday, November 16: Personal Enrichment: Beginning Crocket, 6 – 8 PM – Metro State University Come explore the many wonders of crochet in a relaxed environment!  Learn how to read patterns, work beginner stitches and finish off a project.  Students will leave with a completed project, extra yarn an lot of ideas! Register here and  select Andrus2017 at registration type on online registration page,  or call 303-556-8320 and request state “Andrus2017” or email learnon@msudenver.edu with class name and state “Andrus2017” AARP Members …

— AARP Colorado would like to inform you of an opportunity to learn about eating disorders. *The Eating Disorder Foundation in Denver is presenting a Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and again from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1901 E. 20th Ave., Denver, CO 80205. Register for one class. A light meal will be served. Seating is limited; reserve your spot now for this free event by calling 303-322-3373. Eating Disorders It is important to …

— The evidence for the long-term brain health benefits of what most people consider “brain games” is weak to non-existent, according to a new consensus statement issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The good news is that there are many mentally-engaging activities that can help your brain stay sharp over your lifespan. “Brain games” can be fun and engaging, but often the claims made by companies touting the benefits of these games are exaggerated. However, there are …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …

— Join us for two live Medicare webcasts and get answers to your questions Do you have questions about Medicare coverage and plan options? Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or entering open enrollment, the two-part Medicare Q&A series from Learn@50+ can get you answers about your 2017 plan options. In part one, AARP’s Medicare expert Susan Lutz will review the different parts of Medicare and answer your questions about enrollment periods for new Medicare recipients and open enrollment rules for …

— Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15th through December 7th and is the perfect opportunity each year to review your Medicare plan coverage for 2018. AARP is encouraging everyone with Medicare coverage to compare their health and prescription drug plan options during the seven weeks of Medicare Open Enrollment. “Medicare Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to compare plans to find one that best meets your needs at a price that’s right for you,” said Lina Walker, PhD, Vice President …

— Sunshine Home Share Colorado (Sunshine) is a nonprofit that uses geriatric social workers to safely and thoughtfully bring together seniors with available space in their homes and others needing an affordable place to live. This program tackles the affordable housing shortage currently facing the Denver metro area, while helping seniors receive the supportive services they need. Denver is in a housing crisis. There is a shortage of over 22,000 affordable units and more than 55,000 seniors 65 and older living in single family residences in Denver County, …

— Join AARP Colorado and YMCA of the Pikes Peak Region for a 50+ Yoga Retreat on Saturday, October 21, 2017 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Senior Center. The cost for the retreat will be $25.  Lunch will be included. Take a step away from the busy weekend and treat yourself to this special yoga retreat. Many different classes will be offered such as Vinyassa Flow & Hatha yoga, yoga for stress management, and breathing techniques. All …

— Please join us Oct. 18 from noon to 1 p.m. to discuss the process of aging and learn how we can enhance the quality of life. Currently in the United States, both men and women are expected to live into their eighties. This represents an increase in life expectancy of thirty years over the past century. The increased longevity is due in part to advances in medical technology, improved hygiene, and development and availability of effective medications. Fabulous news, right? Perhaps. …

—   Join AARP Colorado for NeighborWalks Colorado Springs. Enjoy guided walks through some of Colorado Springs’ 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. The goal of NeighborWalks is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community. The walks are designed to be inclusive and are themed, educational and social events that bring neighbors together to explore neighborhoods …

— Working family caregivers face unique challenges that can leave them exhausted, overwhelmed, and worried about meeting commitments both at work and at home. New research by Home Instead Inc. found working family caregivers report experiencing additional strain in multiple areas of their life including finances (60%), career (65%), physical and mental health (74% and 81% respectively), and ability to manage work-life balance (83%). Per the survey, top stressors for working caregivers were: Feeling torn between work and family responsibilities.  25% …