— 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. …

— AARP Louisiana has been working in the Hollygrove community of New Orleans for the past eight years, engaging hundreds of residents to build a stronger neighborhood. Following the devastating one two punch of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, AARP Louisiana connected with members, residents and community partners to launch the Hollygrove Livable Communities Project in efforts to plan and revitalize an “elder-friendly” neighborhood. 27 Hollygrove residents attended an eight-week Livable Communities Academy to build community leadership, identify neighborhood priorities and develop …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​​​ March 5, 2015​ Contact: Jewel Constance 225-614-7671 jconstance@aarp.org New Orleans, LA –  Round up the family because AARP’s annual Soul Fest is right around the corner! Come out to enjoy authentic soul food, take in the smooth rhythms of Jazz, Gospel and Blues, and learn about the different opportunities AARP has to offer for the African American Community. Brought to you by AARP Louisiana, Soul Fest is held every year on the first weekend of March. It …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has selected Byron Johnson as the new Louisiana State Coordinator. Johnson, a New Orleanian and retired BellSouth manager, has volunteered with Tax-Aide for eight tax seasons and hopes to encourage more volunteers to become leaders in the program. “More and more I am gaining an appreciation for the importance of AARP Tax-Aide,” Johnson said. “Often during tax season, clients have expressed relief, excitement and gratitude for our service.” This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax …

— AARP Louisiana and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are teaming up to  help aspiring entrepreneurs get started growing a new business or making an established one more successful at Encore Entrepreneur in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Encore Entrepreneur is a free workshop and is open to AARP members and non-members. The workshop is designed to provide counseling, mentoring and training for those aged 50 and older who would like to start or grow a business. “Many older Americans …

— This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45thyear, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service. “Tax-Aide is one of the hallmark programs of AARP Foundation.  Its success is the …

— As part of the Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Advisory Committee, AARP Louisiana is working to transform roads in East Baton Rouge Parish into “complete streets” with sidewalks, bicycle lanes and safe crosswalks. Louisiana is the third most dangerous state in the nation for pedestrians, according to the Transportation for America coalition. About 15 percent of all traffic deaths in East Baton Rouge Parish in 2009 were pedestrians. AARP is urging the Metropolitan Council to pass a complete streets city ordinance. …

— Facebook isn’t just for teens and college kids. It can be a good way for members of older generations to stay in touch with younger relatives, especially around the holidays. In cooperation with the Algiers Regional Library, AARP Louisiana is offering classes on how to use Facebook and other social media. Of Americans age 50-plus who have Internet access, 37 percent use some kind of social media, a 2010 AARP study found. The free classes are scheduled on Thursdays, Nov. …

— AARP Louisiana is encouraging state residents who need health insurance to check out the online marketplace, which opened Oct. 1. Created by the Affordable Care Act, the marketplace gives consumers a way to compare plans and apply for tax credits to help cover insurance costs. The plans offered could help the 16 percent of Louisianans ages 50 to 64 who are are uninsured—as well as those who are paying too much for private insurance or who previously were denied coverage …