— There are more than 150 officially designated “Age-Friendly” communities nationwide.  One of them is Northfield, Minnesota.  Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older …

— By Mary Van Beusekom Suzanne Sudmeier, 64, and her husband, Richard, 72, plan to stay in their home on Lake Ida in Alexandria for as long as they can. A new program, part of concerted efforts by the community to become more age friendly, may help them do that. Ready Ride, coordinated by the Rainbow Rider bus system, consists of volunteers taking people to appointments or errands for a sliding fee. The program augments the bus system, which doesn’t operate …

— Regardless of your choice of transportation or age, how safely and easily we’re able to get from one place to another has a major effect on our quality of life.  This weekend, join AARP Minnesota for a conversation about it.  On Saturday, October 28th, we’re co-hosting a Mayoral forum on the subject of equitable and sustainable transportation. During this forum, candidates will be given an opportunity to share their vision for transportation in Minneapolis.  Participating candidates include Raymond Dehn, Al …

— Sometime this fall, let AARP Minnesota treat you to a beer and some fun.  We’re partnering with local breweries for several AARP On Tap events, and we’d like you to join us.  These events are great opportunities for those who want to meet and connect with other members, learn more about AARP, or simply enjoy a free brewery tour.  Make sure to bring a non-perishable food donation, and we’ll buy you a beer in exchange.  We need your help fighting …

— August 30, 2017 Samuel A. Di Piazza Jr. Chair, Board of Trustees Dr. John Noseworthy CEO and President Mr. Jeff Bolton, CAO and Vice President Mayo Clinic 200 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905 Dear Chairman Di Piazza, Dr. Noseworthy, and Mr. Bolton: As a leading voice for the 50+ population, AARP Minnesota & AARP Iowa are writing to express serious concerns with Mayo Clinic’s decision to restructure and reduce hospital services in Albert Lea, MN, including the elimination of …

— Fall is just around the corner, and so is this year’s St. Paul Classic Bike Tour.  On September 10th, thousands of people will ride their bikes in the streets of St. Paul, enjoying music and convenient rest stops along the way.  This ride is a showcase for the pleasant scenery throughout St. Paul, including views of historic neighborhoods and dramatic overlooks of the Mississippi River.  The tour appeals to many who dislike biking in traffic, and draws in solo riders, …

— This fall, boomers who are looking for meaning and direction, or are interested in exploring encores, have several new options–right here in the Twin Cities. See below to learn more about these programs, and how to apply. University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative UMAC brings boomers to campus for a period of self-reflection and learning as they figure out the next stage of their lives. This two semester fellowship experience is an innovative pathway to transition from career jobs into …

— This summer, stay active and engaged with AARP Minnesota.  Join us for a bike ride along the Mississippi or around the Chain of Lakes.  These events are great opportunities to spend some time outdoors, get some exercise, and meet and connect with other AARP members. Ride the River with the National Park Service Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Harriet Island Pavilion 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55101 Join AARP, the National Park Service and Bike …

— One could refer to Marcia Ballinger in many ways.  Among other things, the Twin Cities native is an award-winning author, a Doctor of Organization and Management, the co-founder and principal of a search firm, and a French bulldog owner.  In 2016, Ballinger earned an additional title when she was named one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50 winners. Ballinger’s career journey is rooted in Corporate America.  The holder of a degree in Business Administration, a master’s in Speech-Communication, and a doctorate …

— 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 …