— AARP New Mexico is sponsoring a special play that looks at caregiving and aging: STILL IN THE GAME by Robert F. Benjamin, is an upbeat family drama about aging with grace, courage and humor, will be on stage in Santa Fe at Teatro Paraguas  from  Aug. 10-20, 2017. Recently widowed, David, age 70, strives to restart his life after being a dedicated caregiver. His adult daughter, Dawn, lashes out at him for romancing. After his fling ends, he tries speed-dating, where he …

— In addition to sponsoring the Silver City Blues Festival, AARP New Mexico will be conducting several other fun and exciting events in the Silver City area Memorial Day weekend. On Thursday evening, May 25th, family caregivers will have an opportunity to relax, share their caregiving experiences with other caregivers as well as learn about available resources. This special event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Buckhorn Opera House, 32 Main Street, in Pinos Altos. Then on Friday, …

— Patient Insight seeks people who are interested in sharing their person health-care experiences. Patient Insight is a small group of people who will help make health care better for their families, friends and neighbors, created by HealthInsight New Mexico. Patient Insight exists to learn from experiences: the best ideas come from people who have been to the doctor, been in the hospital or taken care of someone who is sick. Your input is valuable: HealthInsight New Mexico wants your ideas …

— The AARP New Mexico team will be in the Farmington area, Aug 1 to Aug. 4, joining in the baseball fever that comes along with the AABC Connie Mack World Series, which has called that city home for 50 years. While the event is new to a number of the volunteers and staff, AARP New Mexico’s newest staff member, DeAnza Valencia-Sapien, Associate State Director for Advocacy, knows the event inside and out. “I grew up in Farmington so I’m well …

— Join AARP New Mexico at the 2016 28th New Mexico Conference on Aging for a fun and informative two days of work sessions, keynote speakers and entertainment, ranging on topics from fitness, preparing for retirement, stress management, and helping to shape future policies for people as they age. The Conference kicks off Tuesday, August 23, with a special keynote by Dr. Bill Thomas , an AARP visiting scholar and innovative geriatrician, who will discuss how we view aging and how …

— While the 2016 State Legislative Session was somewhat anticlimactic — largely due to revenue projections falling far short of expectations — several bills supported by AARP New Mexico still managed to make it to Governor Susana Martinez’s desk. “This was probably one of the more challenging budget sessions we’ve had in recent years because there was very little new money coming in,” said Leonel Garza, AARP New Mexico Legislative Committee Chairman. “As a result, a majority of the bills introduced, …

— Every year more than 419,000 family caregivers in New Mexico help their loved ones to live independently — keeping them out of costly institutions, such as nursing homes. In New Mexico, family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at about $3.1 billion annually. Join AARP New Mexico in honoring our family caregivers and all that they do this Wednesday, Feb. 25th, during I Heart Caregivers Day at the New Mexico State Legislature, 9 a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda. Register now to …

— The stories are all too familiar ­­– shuttling loved ones off to appointments when they refuse to get dressed, relationship problems that don’t magically go away because you are now caring for that person; and finding the strength to do what needs to be done. All common themes shared by New Mexico caregivers while having the chance to relax and unwind during a special AARP New Mexico Caregivers Mixer held Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Clair’s Winery in Albuquerque. After …

— Dorothy “Dottie” Hu of Corrales is a force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t just give of her time to others, she ensures that children are taken care of in the most desperate of times and encourages others who might be feeling forgotten or left out, to accompany her on her journey.  Because of her passion, drive and commitment, Hu was named the AARP New Mexico 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service recipient. Each yearAARP New Mexico seeks out nominations …

— During the last three weeks I’ve truly lived up to the term “Road Warrior.” This week it’s Atlanta for a series of meetings and part of the AARP Life@50 event. If you haven’t had a chance to attend in the past  definitely mark your calendars for 2014 and  join us for one of these action-packed information-filled extravaganzas! Since 2002 I have attend most of these, and now that AARP has moved to two events a year, I am excited to see what …