Sandwich Generation

— Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs around! But what if you were a Family Caregiver for a loved one at the same time? It’s called the “Sandwich Generation” and people are feeling the pressure of being squeezed between all the other layers of life as a family caregiver and a parent. Register for AARP’s interactive webinar, “Family Caregivers Feeling Squeezed: Life in the Sandwich Generation.” Featuring Charima Young, ASD Outreach Georgia and Britnee Fergins, a mother of …

Photo Courtesy of Mile in My Shoes

— By Laura Ledray & Kate Makowski Homelessness is an issue that is typically frowned upon, or viewed with a lack of understanding. For Mishka Vertin and Mike Jurasits, the disadvantages that people experiencing homelessness endure can’t be overlooked. The two set out to enrich the lives of the community by offering an activity that strengthens the mind and body: running. Vertin and Jurasits are the founders of Mile in My Shoes, an innovative nonprofit organization that provides shoes, running gear, …

BASEBALL

— Grab a seat on the bleachers or bring a blanket for a screening of the movie The Sandlot at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at CHS Field in St. Paul, home of the St. Paul Saints baseball team. The free screening of the 1993 coming-of-age baseball movie is a great way for families and people of all ages to spend a summer evening. You can explore the park, stroll along the field, sit on a blanket in the outfield or …

Maery Rose of Anoka commutes to work in Northeast Minneapolis. Photo by Ackerman+Gruber.

— By Mary Van Beusekom While many people begin their commute by turning a key in the ignition, Maery Rose usually starts hers by strapping on a helmet. The 59-year-old Anoka woman bikes two miles to the Northstar rail line, which she takes to Target Field, then gets back in the saddle for another two miles to her job as a business process analyst in Northeast Minneapolis. With three bikes to her name—one of them a fat-tire model for the winter—she …

Lighten the Load Tech_BakiBG

— Stop spending time trying and start spending more time doing when it comes to everyday technology! Now a days advancements in technology, much of which you may already own, are allowing Family Caregivers to be the best that they can. Join Tricia Sandiego and Mike Lee as they team up to maximize your potential  in AARP’s latest webinar, “Lighten the Family Caregiver Load Using Everyday Technology.” Register now to watch live at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT on Wednesday, June 29. …

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— Right now, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) is considering a request from Xcel Energy that could raise customer rates by nearly 10% or about $132 a year. If approved, Xcel will have raised rates on their Minnesota customers 6 years in a row. When utility bills go up it hits everyone’s pocket book, especially those on fixed incomes or struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully in Minnesota, we have an engaged PUC that carefully considers the input of utility …

Ethel Percy Andrus

— Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Want to help raise money for a worthwhile cause? You can do both by nominating someone for the 2016 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP Minnesota’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one individual or couple from Minnesota may be selected each year and AARP will make a $1,000 donation to an eligible nonprofit …

Target, Conque & Focus_Steve Debenport

— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …

photo courtesy of Orpheum Theater

—   One of things that makes the Twin Cities unique is a world class performing arts scene. This Spring AARP in the Twin Cities is excited to announce special ticket prices for AARP members and their guests at two of these venues. Calendar Girls Park Square Theatre, St. Paul When Annie’s husband dies, she and her friends set out to raise funds for a local charity—by posing for a calendar completely in the buff. AARP members and their guests will …

Fran Heitzman

— By Laura Ledray — Fran Heitzman knows what it means to be poor. He grew up during the Depression Era, a time when his father was happy to earn 75 cents a day. Heitzman did not own a pair of store-bought pants until he was eight years old. The memory of poverty has remained with Heitzman, causing a significant impact on his life in 1987. While Heitzman was working at Pax Christi Church in Eden Prairie, MN, a member of …