— Atlanta has been named one of the most retirement- and gay-friendly big cities in America. AARP Georgia is celebrating by sponsoring the first Gray Pride events at the Atlanta Pride Festival Oct. 10-11. The festival, which attracts about 250,000 visitors a year, includes marches, a parade and entertainment. The festivities kick off at a cocktail party Friday, Oct. 9, with a dolphin show and music at the Georgia Aquarium. AARP is committed to helping everyone age with dignity, and aging …

— Are you having a hard time finding intellectual or social stimulation in retirement?  More than 100 Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI) throughout the United States offer classes, excursions, and social events for people just like you – and now AARP is partnering with OLLI at Emory University to offer a special driver safety course at the Executive Park location on Wednesday, January 14 and January 21 from 1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. AARP’s Driver Safety is the nation’s first and …

— Macon-Bibb County area residents can safely dispose of outdated documents, outdated prescriptions, and have their cars checked for best mirror and seat placement at a free event Saturday, October 25, Central City Park, 180 Willie Smokie Glover Drive. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and will run through 2 p.m. on October 25.  The event is co-sponsored by AARP Georgia and the Macon-Bibb County Parks and Recreation Department. The three-for-free event is an Age-Friendly Community Service Event.  Macon-Bibb County was designated …

— Aging well is good for people and wine—so what better place to host a conference on aging than a winery resort? Eli Lilly and Company and AARP Georgia are sponsoring the Georgia Gerontology Society’s 2014 conference, Aged to Perfection, July 28-30 at the Chateau Elan in Braselton. The conference provides continuing education for researchers, educators, advocates, legislators and service providers. “These professionals take what they learn back to their communities to improve the lives of older Georgians across the state,” …

— Gary Cecil has been selected to receive the 2013 AARP Georgia Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Georgia selected Gary Cecil for his remarkable service, which has greatly benefited his community, supported AARP’s vision and mission and inspired other volunteers. Gary Cecil has donated more than 1,000 hours to AARP Georgia community events, leading others through his unfailing dedication to improving life for those over 50. His …

— By Bill Sanders Peter Tartikoff, of Sandy Springs, doesn’t mind missing a few rounds of golf during tax season. Time away from the fairways isn’t a sacrifice because he likes assisting people who look to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide for help with their returns. Its focus is on low- and moderate-income taxpayers 60 and older, but it is open to anyone. Tax-Aide requires a small army of volunteers to provide the free service. For 10 weeks during tax season, Tartikoff, 71, …

— Chances are that everyone will either provide long-term care to a loved one at some point or receive that care. When that happens, will you know what to do or how to find the resources you need? The Tucker Civic Association and AARP Georgia will join forces on Sept. 19 to present “Caring for the Long Term.” The program will be offered at the Main Street Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Tucker, 2367 Main Street, from 6:30 p.m. …

— WANTED: City of Kennesaw resident with good people skills, experience managing projects, basic computer skills (email and Microsoft Word), and a desire to do good work for the community while having a lot of fun meeting new people. Does this sound like you? If so, you may be exactly the person we need. AARP Georgia is now recruiting a leadership volunteer for Kennesaw. The new volunteer leader will work closely with our associate state director for community outreach. He or …

— By Ann Hardie • The recession has changed the face of the patient population at the Good News Clinics in Gainesville. Before the economic downturn, Georgia’s largest free clinic mostly saw people who had been without insurance for many years” the homeless and minimum-wage earners. Now many of the 2,000 patients are people 50 to 64 years old who lost their health insurance when they lost their jobs. “Many were in middle management,” said Cheryl Christian, the clinic’s executive director. “They …