Hometown Hero Olivia Mastry: A Collaborative Approach to Health

Posted on 01/4/2016 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

By Bev Bachel “When the right mix of people come together, they can tackle any problem.” While that might be a platitude in some instances, when Olivia Mastry says it, people take notice. That’s because she has a track record of bringing people together to solve some of society’s most pressing challenges, especially when it comes to health and aging. Take dementia, for instance. Researchers estimate that one in three U.S. seniors will die with the disease, which also means …

Fraud Fighters: How to Avoid Scams

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP Minnesota invites community groups across the state to schedule a free Fraud Fighter presentation. About 20 trained volunteer presenters are available to talk about the latest trends in telephone and online scams, unsuitable investments and even theft by family members. Participants learn the tricks con artists use and how to protect themselves from fraud. “Scammers are using ever more sophisticated means of separating you from your money,” said Seth Boffeli, AARP associate state director for communication. “The best means …

Taking Strides Toward a More Livable Community

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Pamela Schmid Just outside her high-rise condo in downtown Minneapolis, Jean Greener has her pick of walking options. A pedestrian greenway winds west to Loring Park, with a lake and fountain. Heading east leads to Nicollet Mall, a walkable 12-block stretch of restaurants, cafes and businesses. And in the winter, an expansive network of indoor skyways is available just across the street. “You can be real urban, or you can play with the squirrels,” said Greener, 73, who tries …

Meet the Man Behind the Hit Movie The Pursuit of Happyness

Posted on 11/4/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Learn how Chris Gardner, entrepreneur and inspiration behind the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, persevered through overwhelming challenges. After enduring many hardships with his young son – including homelessness – Chris created a successful career for himself. After 30 years in the brokerage business, 25 of which running his own firm, Chris Gardner now focuses on helping others achieve their full potential through his speaking engagements and media projects. He is a passionate philanthropist committed to organizations combating violence against …

Discount Tickets for Orchestra, Children’s Theatre

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP members in Minnesota can enjoy an evening at the orchestra or take their grandchildren to the theater at discount prices. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is offering best-available seats in the new Ordway Concert Hall for $20 (up to 60 percent off regular price) for shows on Sunday, November 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM and Friday, January 15, 2016 at 10:30 AM or 8:00 PM.  For details, go to thespco.org or call the ticket office at 651-291-1144. To get …

Con Artist Turned Advocate Delivers Tips in St. Paul

Posted on 10/30/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

By Dylan Boor In partnership with the AARP FraudWatch Network, former con-man turned long-time FBI employee Frank Abagnale set out on an 8 city tour to educate the general public about identity theft. Abagnale’s story inspired the 2002 Stephen Speilberg film Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hanks. On October 14, Abagnale came to the Twin Cities, addressing a very curious crowd at the 3M Theatre at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The event …