— 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 …

— It’s that time of year again, Medicare Open Enrollment.  Which means those enrolled in Medicare need to review their coverage for 2018.  From year to year your health needs can change and so can your plan. That’s why it’s important each year to take the time to make sure your Medicare coverage still works for you. Taking the time to review your options is important to making sure you are getting the most coverage for your hard earned dollars.  However, …

— 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 …

— It’s a great time of year to check out local theater productions.  The Twin Cities performing arts scene is unique, world-class, and great to indulge in–especially on a hot or humid day. This summer, AARP Minnesota is excited to provide AARP members and their guests with discounted tickets to two upcoming shows. Sunday In The Park With George Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis See the musical that was inspired by George Seurat’s famous painting, and written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. AARP members and their guests will …

— AARP is working with Pollen Midwest, a nonprofit organization that promotes community building, to create the second annual Minnesota 50 Over 50 list. The crowd-sourced list will honor 50 Minnesotans 50 or older who are making a difference in their community. Last year, the competition received more than 350 nominations. The winners included an explorer in her 70s who leads women-only expeditions to Antarctica and a woman in her 80s who bought and renovated a historic performing arts venue. To …

— 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 Park Square Theatre in St. Paul will honor discounts on selected performances. Stay warm, connect with your friends and neighbors and enjoy local discounts on plays this January and February courtesy of AARP in the Twin Cities. …

—   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 …

— Heading to the Twin Cities Pride Festival this month? Then stop by AARP’s Boomertown section to get information about upcoming AARP events, pick up giveaways  and sign up for educational events on technology, caregiving and fraud prevention. This is the fourth year that AARP is a sponsor of the Pride Festival, which takes place in Minneapolis’ Loring Park on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In Boomertown, …

— 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 …