— 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 …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 2, 2017 Contact: Jane Margesson AARP Maine Communications Director jmargesson@aarp.org or 207-229-5628 AARP Maine Announces Winners of Annual Andrus Award for Community Service Honor Goes to Augusta Residents, Carol and Robert MacDougall PORTLAND: AARP Maine announced today that two local champions of age-friendly community initiatives are the winners of the 2017 Andrus Award named in honor of AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The Andrus Award celebrates and honors individuals who make a difference in the lives …

— Loneliness isn’t just joyless. It can shorten your life, increasing the risk of premature death by 30 percent. That’s why AARP North Carolina has teamed up with the YMCA of Western North Carolina to sponsor the Disrupt Aging Community Health Challenge. The challenge aims to reduce social isolation while helping participants achieve their personal health goals. For details about the challenge and a calendar of events, go to DisruptAgingChallenge.org. To read about other efforts to make Buncombe County increasingly age-friendly, …

— Since so many worthy projects were submitted to the nationwide AARP Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that four additional projects have been funded through monies set aside locally for Age-Friendly community projects in Massachusetts. The four recipient organizations and related projects are detailed below. Background: AARP Massachusetts announced the first-ever Community Challenge Grants program earlier this year, working in collaboration with communities across the state. The grant program was part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make …

— Part 1.  Greetings and welcome to the round table rendition of Care-FULL Conversations—a program made possible by the collaborative efforts of AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver. Featured guests are Nadine Roberts Cornish, founder of The Caregiver’s Guardian, LLC and Paul Leon Ramsey, Executive Director of a Little Help.   Part 2.  Greetings and welcome to the round table rendition of Care-FULL Conversations—a program made possible by the collaborative efforts of AARP Colorado and Dementia Friendly Denver. Featured guests are Tina Wells …

— by Elaine Friesen-Strang The forecast predicted rain, but a miracle happened Saturday September 30, just before 10:00 AM, as 80 people gathered at Providence Medical Center to stroll the neighborhood: the clouds parted, sunshine burst through. Being it was our last NeighborWalk of the season, you might say it was providential. When AARP Oregon began this program three years ago, we had no idea it would become such a vibrant, successful venture. Community Engagement Director, Bandana Shrestha, and a small …

— What should the future of Seattle look like? How can we make the city a place where people of all ages can be healthy, independent and part of a vibrant community? If you missed the debate broadcast, there is still time to watch candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon as they share their views on issues like safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for residents to connect and engage in the community life of our city no matter their …

— An estimated 1 in 5 North Carolinians will be 65 or older by 2035. To help communities keep pace, AARP North Carolina will launch the Great Race to Age-Friendly in 2018. “This will be a friendly challenge for bragging rights as the best place in the state to age in place,” said Steve Hahn, AARP state communications director. So far, four North Carolina communities have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, which requires a commitment to improve factors that …

— November marks the one-year anniversary of the passage of Measure M, the transportation ballot initiative that will deliver on $120 billion worth of improvement projects to relieve traffic, fix sidewalks and potholes and help improve the quality of life in the Greater Los Angeles area. To commemorate this important milestone, AARP in Los Angeles invites you to celebrate with us at one or all of these upcoming local events: Receive a fun giveaway at each event if you pre-register online …

— AARP Indiana has announced two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning organizations include the Kokomo YMCA and the Fort Wayne Active Living Coalition. Each project was fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “The great communities we have across Indiana weren’t created overnight,” said Sarah Waddle, state director for AARP Indiana. “It took time to …