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— AARP, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and the Springfield-Greene County Library District are putting together activities for summer fun! Starting in May and running through August, this program will feature a fun event each month. Registration for each event opens 21 days prior to the activity. July 16 is ‘Summer’s Big Splash’, a pool party at Fassnight Pool (1300 S Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807). There will be games, contests, and activities for all ages. We’ll start at 10:30 a.m. …

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— 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. …

Sherrill Wayland (right) and partner Kim Kopff celebrate the Dennis W. Hostetler Advocate of the Year Award at the “All That Jazz” SAGE Summer Celebration.

— Founder and director of Sage Metro St. Louis Sherrill Wayland was recently honored as the 2016 Dennis W. Hostetler Advocate of the Year during the “All That Jazz” summer celebration on June 12. The event was sponsored by SAGE of PROMO Fund and held at The Focal Point and Maya Café in Maplewood. A member of the AARP Missouri Executive Council, Sherrill is currently the Manager of National Projects for SAGE’s National Resource Center on LGBT Aging (NRC). In that capacity, …

You have an opportunity to share your thoughts about AARP policies.

— AARP’s annual policy solicitation process is open through July 31. Feedback from members and volunteers—on policies to support AARP’s social impact priorities of health security, financial resilience and personal fulfillment—is critical to ensuring AARP policies are forward-looking and flexible enough to fulfill our social mission across 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. AARP’s National Policy Council reviews input from members, volunteers, and staff and existing policy to develop recommendations to the AARP Board …

Dr. Robert Keenan uses Telehealth, consulting with patients via video camera and computer at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. Photo by Melissa Lyttle

— Technology has changed the way we live, learn and work and in the case of telehealth, it’s also saving time and saving lives! Telemedicine has improved access to quality health care across the most rural and isolated parts of America. On this month’s AARP Live, we’ll take a look inside one of these eHealth systems and learn why it pays to be tech savvy. On Thursday, June 16 at 9 p.m. (CT), join AARP Oklahoma state director, Sean Voskuhl and …

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— 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 …

AARP MO Volunteer State President had five meetings with Missouri legislators and advocated for family caregivers.

—   At a time when our country is extremely polarized, family caregiving is a rare issue that unites us. It isn’t a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. It’s a family issue that affects us all. If you’re not a caregiver now, you will be one or will need one in the future. Up for consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives is the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act (H.R. 3099). The RAISE Family …

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— Get your bike ready and grab your helmet. The Moonlight Ramble—the nation’s longest-running nighttime bike ride—will roll through St. Louis again. Participants will gather the evening of Aug. 20 at Ballpark Village, with the first cyclists leaving the starting post a minute after midnight. As the title sponsor, AARP in St. Louis will be heavily involved in this event, which attracts thousands of riders, many of them AARP members. The Ramble began in 1964 and has become a great summer …

HOME CARE SPOT

— AARP Missouri is sponsoring a conference called Family Caregiving: An Act of Love in Piedmont on June 15. The event aims to connect family caregivers with helpful community resources and give them an opportunity to meet and talk with other caregivers. About 792,000 Missourians help aging parents, spouses and other loved ones continue to live at home, providing unpaid services worth about $8.5 billion annually. “Caring for a loved one can be a tough but rewarding job,” said Diane Hall, …

Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, founder of AARP

— AARP is still accepting nominations for its 2016 Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Missourians who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The award is named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. “AARP Missouri is excited to shine a light on 50+ Missourians who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Sidney McCarther, AARP Missouri volunteer state …