Jason Rathe, owner of Field Outdoor Spaces, confers with employee Ann Davenport in their Minneapolis office. Photo by Ackerman + Gruber.

— By Pamela Schmid Seven years ago, Jason Rathe began offering the dozen workers at his Minneapolis-based landscaping company access to an individual retirement account. “We always thought that’s what a company does: provide a way for employees to save for retirement,” said Rathe, owner of Field Outdoor Spaces. He has been disappointed, but not surprised, to find himself in the minority of small-business owners. “We’re all on the edge of not making it,” Rathe said, “dealing with other things that …

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— Anytime is a great time to catch a show in the Twin Cities. But with the snow and the cold, winter is an especially good option. This winter, AARP in the Twin Cities is offering discounted admission to members and their guests at select performing arts venues. The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis and the History Theatre and Park Square Theatre in St. Paul will honor discounts on selected performances. Stay warm, connect with your friends and neighbors and enjoy local …

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— By Kate Makowski Minnesota has long been one of the top states in the nation for volunteerism and Josh Windham knows a thing or two about volunteers.  Working with a dedicated team of volunteers Josh and his employer, the Union Gospel Mission, provide shelter, food, medical and dental care for more than 167,000 people in need in the Twin Cities metro area. Josh is Volunteer Manager for the Union Gospel Mission, a century old Christian non-profit that fights homelessness in …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 2 pm CT Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— Family caregivers in Minnesota now have more support.  The CARE Act. Nearly 600,000 Minnesotans care for older parents, spouses or loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes.  These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on January 1, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition …

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— Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 3 p.m. ET/2pm CT, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is …

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— AARP Minnesota is distributing wallet cards to help families understand their rights under a new state law. The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act, which takes effect Jan. 1, will provide training and support for family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The law will allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver, whose contact information will be recorded in the patient’s chart. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to notify the caregiver …