— Saturday, July 29 – Sunday, July 30, 2017: Denver Dragon Boat Festival The Colorado Dragon Boat Festival in Sloan’s Lake Park has become a popular cultural bonanza in Denver over the past 17 years. Denver’s 5280 Magazine declared it “one of Colorado’s greatest festivals.” This year’s Dragon Boat Festival, scheduled July 29–30, 2017, promises to be the biggest and best yet.  Check out our AARP Block Party tent, which travels to many cities, visiting events all across the country. From skateboarding and lip-syncing to dancing and fashion tips for …

— 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 …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Allison Snyder has lived in the Denver area for 10 years, but she learned a lot about the place she calls home while helping to develop a walking tour app that highlights historic landmarks in the community. AARP Colorado partnered with GeoTourist for the free app, which is intended to inspire residents and tourists to explore sites that have played a role in shaping the city as well as those important to Denver’s LGBT community. The easy-to-use …

— 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 …

— Blog by Alison. Everyone is talking about the sharing economy. We share rides, farm shares, job shares, rent our stuff shares, and finally seniors in Colorado have a safe and thoughtful option for Home Sharing. With the high price in rents, property taxes, and the cost of senior services home sharing is a great way to use the extra space in your home to provide income, decrease isolation, improve access to supportive services and transportation while relieving the worry of …

— By Danica Lucker Jackie King knows what it’s like to search for housing in Denver and be hit hard financially while finding few choices. A math professor at the Community College of Denver, she has seen housing prices rise dramatically since she moved to the area in 1979. King, 63, who uses a wheelchair and needs attendant care daily to live independently, was paying $1,200 a month in rent for an apartment in downtown Denver in 2012. Two years later, …

— AARP Colorado is excited to introduce you to our community partner, A Little Help. A Little Help is a Colorado nonprofit that connects neighbors across ages to enhance lives and strengthen our communities. A Little Help helps older adults thrive in their homes by connecting them intergenerationally with neighbors who volunteer for a variety of services. Organizational members have access to a little help with services like transportation, yard work, snow shoveling, home repairs and assistance with technology. As well …

— By David Duffield A common refrain among LGBT Boomers is “I didn’t have the words to describe how I felt” growing up. Often these folks went to a public library, looked up the word homosexual and found “pervert, psychopath, degenerate, molester, criminal” and “doomed to unhappiness” to describe how they felt. It wasn’t until they reached adulthood that LGBT people realized they weren’t alone and found communities of like-hearted people, as well as spaces to be themselves. To this day …

— Join AARP Colorado and AARP Movies for Grownups at the Denver Film Festival November 2-13, 2016. In its 38th year, the Denver Film Festival will showcase over 250 films from more than 40 countries. The festival has films from several genres, including indie films, documentaries, short stories and blockbusters, and AARP members and guests can enjoy $2 off all regular-priced festival tickets. Simply use code “GROWNUPS” when purchasing tickets at the in-person box office.*  While you’re at the festival, be sure …

— Saturday, October 8, 2016 9:00am – 12:00pm Parking lot C behind Health Sciences at San Juan College, Farmington, NM   This event is an opportunity for older adult drivers to have a free check up by certified professionals to assess the setup in their personal vehicle for increased road safety. Discover your perfect fit at this FREE event! Call for appointment (505)566-3849 San Juan College of Occupational Therapy Assistant Program This is not an AARP event.  Any information you provide …

— Are you open to keeping your mind active and alert? Are you ready for a “mind adventure” and a little personal enrichment or career advancement? MSU Denver has a new continuing education program titled “LearnOn.”  Offerings include non-credit, evening classes in “The World of Wine and Beer,” a digital storytelling class (“Social Documentary”), or even a class in “Computer Operating Basics. ” MSU has a variety of options that might appeal to you. Some classes will be starting in just …