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— AARP Recognizes Anna Kapoor for Commitment to Community Service; wins AARP’s Most Prestigious Volunteer Award Dewayne Linger Selected as Honorable Mention for Tennessee   MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – AARP is pleased to announce that Anna Kapoor has been selected to receive the 2016 AARP Tennessee Andrus Award for Community Service.  This honor is the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award, recognizing people for service which has greatly benefited the community, supporting AARP’s vision and mission, and inspiring others. The …

The FireChaser Express is great fun for folks of all ages! Photo by Steven Bridges

— Join AARP at Dollywood! AARP is passionate about helping people 50+ connect with new and Real Possibilities to live life to the fullest. We invite you to join us for AARP Days at Dollywood – November 9-13, 2016. Come by the AARP kiosk to get to know AARP staff, volunteers and members. The first 250 AARP members and guests to visit the AARP kiosk near the Dollywood entrance each day (Nov. 9-13) will receive a free ticket to join AARP …

Gavel in courtroom

— By Alan Marx, AARP Tennessee fraud blogger WHAT IS A SLAPP SUIT? As the art of proofreading declines, spelling errors become very common. “Slap,” meaning a smack, is spelled with one “p,” but the spelling in the headline above is not a mistake. The subject of this month’s blog is spelled with two “p’s.” SLAPP is an acronym for Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation. SLAPP lawsuits target members of the public, businesses, and media who seek to provide truthful information …

Rose Davis, left, a Howard Circle of Friends Adult Day Center staffer, plays balloon volleyball with Ruby. Ohoto by Mike Belleme

— By Hollie Deese When Pat Summitt died earlier this summer at 64 from Alzheimer’s disease, the state and the nation lost a powerful figure who raised awareness of the illness. The winningest Division 1 basketball coach ever, male or female, Summitt was first diagnosed five years ago, and her openness inspired many Tennesseeans to seek help themselves. “When Pat Summitt stepped up to the microphone, it was like the whole world listened,” said Janice Wade-Whitehead, executive director of Alzheimer’s Tennessee. …

Peter Rosenberger

— NASHVILLE – AARP Tennessee will be the host of a national caregiving webinar, featuring Peter Rosenberger. The webinar, set to take place on Thursday, August 25 at 6 p.m. CDT, will eminate from the AARP state office in Nashville, but it will be available online to everyone. Those who register to watch online will receive a free copy of Peter’s e-book “Seven Caregiver Landmines and How You Can Avoid Them.” Register Now >> “This webinar gives us another opportunity to …

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—     Did you know that Tennessee ranks among the top states in the entire U.S. for AARP volunteers?  We truly are the Volunteer State! Members and friends are working with us statewide to make our communities more livable for people of all ages, provide resources for folks caring for loved ones and raise awareness about fraud and scams.  Below, you’ll find even more ways to help! CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES   Volunteer Leader: West Tennessee We are looking for an active and outgoing …

ShredFest Memphis

— More than 13 million Americans fell victim to frauds and scams in 2015. That number is expected to rise in 2016. The most commonly reported crime is identity theft. In fact, every 2 seconds, someone’s identity is stolen. AARP wants to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft. We’re hosting a series of special events to help you prevent fraudulent activity, including identity theft. So, we’re offering free document shredding events across the state during August. All of …

Instructors needed to help people drive smart

— courtesy of WNPT Nashville For seniors in the US, driving means independence. In order to make independence safe, drivers need to keep up on their skills and knowledge. Fortunately, classes are available such as the AARP Smart Driver program. Smart Driver is a refresher course where seniors learn about necessary skills and how to adapt to changes in their bodies and on the road. Learn about this driver training program hosted by FiftyForward Donelson in Nashville, TN.

Anna Walker, right, helps her image consulting client Shauna Bryan with wardrobe selections. Photo by Joe Buglewicz

— By Hollie Deese Anna Walker was preparing to relaunch her image consulting business after a 10-year hiatus, but she had some doubts. Then she heard about AARP’s Life Reimagined program from a friend. Walker, 50, of Nashville, attended a Life Reimagined Checkup—a 90-minute workshop filled with activities and conversation—then completed a variety of online Life Reimagined programs, tackling topics from career preparation and launching a business to valuing your potential. “My friend introduced me to Life Reimagined because she knew …

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— By Byron Kamp Before we know it, the Presidential Primary “season” will be over, not to return until the year 2020. However, Primary Season for Congressional, State and Local elected officials is just beginning to gear up. The Tennessee Primary is scheduled to happen on August 4, 2016. Following that primary election, life gets real serious for both the candidates and the electorate. AARP continues to encourage the candidates, both presidential and congressional, to offer their specific plan. AARP believes, …