— AARP Louisiana is gearing up for its annual Soul Fest event! Round up the family and join us Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA. Soul Fest is a celebration of African American culture, highlighting the accomplishments and heritage through food, crafts and music. There’s something for everyone! Attendees can purchase authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers, take in the smooth rhythms of …

— AARP Louisiana in partnership with Louisiana Public Broadcasting invites AARP members and others in the community to a free Movies for Grownups screening of American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise in honor of Black History Month! Join us Thursday, Feb. 16, in Baton Rouge or New Orleans for this feature documentary about the incomparable Dr. Maya Angelou (1928-2014), best known for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Seating for this event is limited, so register today! …

— 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 …

— This has been a busy week for President Donald Trump.  He’s been signing executive orders, holding high-level meetings — and tweeting up a storm.  All of this makes it clear that our 45th president is eager to deliver quickly on the promises he made during his campaign. At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise:  The pledge he made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting …

— John Storey has been selected by AARP Louisiana to receive the 2016 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. He will be formally recognized at a reception on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m., at the Renesting Project located at 1303 Driftwood Drive in Bossier City, LA. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes AARP’s most prestigious volunteer for sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. “Volunteerism is the heart and soul …

— As part of a long-standing commitment to provide tools, information, and programs that support experienced workers at various stages of their career, AARP is hosting an Online Career Fair focused on Part-Time Work on Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. This live, online event provides the 50+ with the opportunity to recharge their job search, and connect with local and national employers – all from the comfort of home! More than 40 employers that are looking for part …

— Seven out of 10 Americans turning 65 can expect to need long-term care during their lifetime, and 9 out of 10 Louisianans want to live at home as they age. Yet 70 percent of Medicaid funding for long-term care in the state goes to nursing homes. AARP wants to rebalance the long-term care system by shifting more money to services that help people stay in their own homes as they age, which is a more cost-effective use of tax dollars. …

— Could you be the next Louisiana State President? Nearly 500,000 members of AARP Louisiana are looking for an exceptional volunteer leader. “AARP is powered by its members and volunteers who champion issues and advocate for the 50+ and their families,” said Denise Bottcher, AARP Louisiana State Director. “The State President position is the top volunteer leader within the AARP state office and has the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of many.” AARP Louisiana is currently accepting …

— AARP Louisiana has announced that State Representative Helena Moreno is the recipient of the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award for championing issues that improve the quality of life for older Louisianans. AARP volunteers selected Representative Moreno of New Orleans because she fought for family caregivers on several fronts.  Representative Moreno led the fight on behalf of 600,000 family caregivers by co-authoring the Louisiana Family Caregiver Act and championing the bill on the House side, and led negotiations to craft …

— Thousands of Louisianans won’t be able to enjoy the holidays at home because they are still recovering from last summer’s devastating flood. Considered one of the worst natural disasters since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Eastern Seaboard in 2012, the Louisiana flood caused more than $8.7 billion in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. About 150,000 homes in 26 parishes were damaged due to flooding. AARP Foundation has donated $1 million to nonprofit organizations that are helping with flood relief efforts. …