— The Bayou State is home to 326,000 veterans, 138,000 of whom are 65 or older—and AARP Louisiana has their back. With caregiving resources, opportunities to meet and greet fellow veterans, and other kinds of support, AARP is committed to helping those who have served. In addition, AARP Louisiana is seeking veterans interested in volunteering with the state office. One project involves retrofitting the home of a deserving veteran who needs modifications for access and mobility. Ready to volunteer? Contact Troy …

— AARP Louisiana will host a FREE screening of The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Jessica Chastain, as part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups series. Join us Wednesday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at the Cinemark Perkins Rowe, in Baton Rouge. Seating is limited, so register today! About the film: In 1939 Poland, working wife and mother Antonina Żabińska (Chastain) became a hero to hundreds. Antonina and her husband Jan (Heldenbergh) care for animals at the Warsaw Zoo and have raised a family in an …

— AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities.  The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. “This is an exciting time for AARP to spark communities into action to create vital and vibrant communities for all generations.  We hope this Challenge Grant will provide a source of funding to complete projects and build momentum for …

— Most New Orleans residents age 45-plus believe that their community is a good place to age and want to live there independently for as long as possible, a recent AARP study found. AARP Louisiana wants to make it easier for Big Easy residents to do just that. The state office is part of the New Orleans Age-Friendly Task Force, a collaboration of more than 30 organizations dedicated to finding ways to make the legendary city livable for people of all …

— Fun and fitness are back in a big way at Healthy Baton Rouge’s 4th annual Family Fit Day. The highly anticipated event will be held Saturday, May 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at BREC’s City-Brooks Park, 1515 Dalrymple Dr. The goal of Family Fit Day is to provide a fun, citywide event for all ages to encourage sustained physical activity, increase community engagement, and build support for active, healthy families in Baton Rouge. “We are excited to help …

— 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! …

— 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 Foundation held a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 29 to announce $1 million in donations to assist with the rebuild efforts in Louisiana. Governor John Bel Edwards was in attendance. This past August, AARP Foundation created the relief fund to help victims, especially those over age 50. AARP matched contributions dollar for dollar, for a total match of $500,000. The funds will be disbursed among 16 non-profit organizations that are committed to helping the state rebuild. (See list below). The …

— On Tuesday, Nov. 29  AARP Louisiana presented State Senator Yvonne Colomb with the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award for championing issues that improve the quality of life for older Louisianans. AARP volunteers selected Senator Colomb of Baton Rouge because she fought for family caregivers on several fronts.  Senator Colomb led the fight on behalf of 600,000 family caregivers by authoring the Louisiana Family Caregiver Act, which improves the involvement of family caregivers during their loved one’s hospital stay. She also …