— This story was originally published on June 6th, 2016.  In anticipation of our upcoming AARP Serves event, which will take place at Bridging on Thursday, May 25th, we encourage you to read about Fran Heitzman and his work.  Please also consider volunteering at the event, which you can learn more about here. 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 …

— Join AARP Minnesota, Twin Cities Jazz, and host Freddie Bell for a night of entertainment and inspiration at the Capri Theater.  Actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will share her personal story of balancing life as a family caregiver while working and raising a family. This event is a great opportunity for those who love jazz music, are interested in connecting with other caregivers, or simply want to learn more about caregiving. Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Capri Theater 2027 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

AARP visits Capitol Hill for State Lobby Day

— Illness can cause an insurmountable amount of debt for couples — especially when it requires long term care. These families facing debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s can’t afford afford to pay for expensive long term care out of pocket but they also can’t afford Medical Assistance. To qualify for Medical Assistance, couples are often forced to deplete their assets in order to qualify which means in order to care for one spouse both must enter poverty.  For too many the …

— By Laura Ledray More than 100,000 children in the Twin Cities live in food insecurity; meaning they are not sure where their next meal will come from. This is a statistic that Rob Williams repeatedly shares when he explains the mission of The Sheridan Story. For children who are food insecure, school offers them a nutritious breakfast and lunch option, but when school ends on Friday hunger returns. Williams is the Executive Director of The Sheridan Story, a non-profit organization …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— By David Hawley Jan Schubert experienced an epiphany last year as she sat in a hospital waiting room while her husband underwent emergency gallbladder surgery. “While I was waiting, I was thinking about life and realizing that the way I allocated my time and energy did not match my priorities,” she recalled. “I was spending way too much on my job and not nearly enough on my husband, family and friends.” Her husband recovered fully. For Schubert, 59, of Minneapolis, …