— AARP Wisconsin is now seeking nominations for its 2017 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors those individuals who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives in their communities. “Volunteerism is clearly a new way of looking at retirement for older Americans. Many are finding that they want to remain active and involved and that volunteerism fulfills this need and the desire to help others,” said Sam Wilson, AARP Wisconsin State Director. “Through this recognition, …

— Are you a passionate, strategic thinker with the ability to motivate and inspire others?  If so, now is the time to apply to join the AARP Wisconsin Executive Council! Our office is now accepting applications for an Executive Council member, one of AARP’s top volunteer positions at the state level. Visionary leaders are needed to help shape our community outreach and advocacy efforts here in Wisconsin. Be a Leader: * Lead more than 150 AARP volunteers in Wisconsin * Represent the …

— When the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee holds hearings this spring to discuss the biennial budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker (R), AARP volunteers will be there to support key issues. One legislative priority for AARP Wisconsin is to expand the state’s Family Care program, which provides long-term care services for people in their own homes. The state office also is pressing for more supports for family caregivers, including those whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. …

— By David Lewellen Carol Greene knows what AARP’s legislative agenda means to her and her family. The Edgerton resident closely monitors her 103-year-old mother, Theresa Martell, driving 30 miles each way once a week to check on bills and medication—for which Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program is a lifeline. “My mother really, really likes SeniorCare,” said Greene, 71. The program, unique to Wisconsin, offers low-income older residents a better deal on prescription drugs than Medicare Part D. Greene has attended many state …

— AARP Wisconsin is urging state lawmakers to introduce a bill in 2017 that could help more private-sector workers save for retirement. The Work and Save bill would create a simple payroll-deduction plan that small businesses could offer to their workers. Participation would be voluntary for both employers and employees, and the plan would be portable when a worker changes jobs. AARP Wisconsin is asking members to help by sharing personal stories about their efforts to save for retirement without having …

— Please join us in congratulating Livingston resident LaVern (Buzz) Marshall (pictured), who has been chosen to receive AARP Wisconsin’s highest and most prestigious honor – the “2016 Andrus Award for Community Service.” This award honors Buzz’s tireless commitment to making life better for others, says AARP Wisconsin State Director Sam Wilson. Through decades of volunteer service, Buzz has built up the trust, influence and respect it takes to accomplish great things for those who need help throughout western Wisconsin and …

— Every year AARP Wisconsin recognizes one outstanding volunteer in our state with The Andrus Award for Community Service. The award honors volunteers who spark change and improve their communities one act at a time. The award honors the spirit of AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, who started AARP when she found a retired educator in need. The Wisconsin recipient in 2015 was 81-year-old David Hoffman (pictured here), who not only has run a marathon in every state and on every continent, but committed …

— Meet Donna McDowell, our new AARP Wisconsin State President! Donna, who lives in Madison, truly embodies everything AARP is striving to achieve. She understands the importance of empowering people age 50-plus to prepare themselves for their real possibilities in all phases of their lives. Her experience and expertise, particularly in the field of aging, are unparalleled. She is a recognized leader across the state and nation in this area and has a strong belief in the work AARP is engaged …

— By Larry Sussman Grandparents are always looking for ways to have bonding adventures with their grandchildren. Now, through an AARP partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers, you can attend a baseball game with family and friends for half price—a way to add to your memory bank and go easy on your piggy bank. “I think that it’s good to share with our grandchildren who we are and what we like. We need to expand their horizons,” said Gary Sprong, 63, an …

— Are you or someone you know a passionate, strategic thinker with the ability to motivate and inspire others? If so, now is the time to apply! AARP Wisconsin is accepting applications for State President, AARP’s top volunteer position at the state level. A visionary leader is needed to help shape our outreach and advocacy efforts in Wisconsin. Be a Leader:  Lead hundreds of AARP volunteers in Wisconsin Represent the concerns of more than 820,000 AARP members Play a key role in achieving AARP’s vision, mission …