— Colorado ranks No. 8 in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Colorado include: Affordability and Access: Another year of low ranking on the Aging and Disability Resource Centers program indicator suggests that that Colorado has room to improve the states ADRC. The measurements in this indicator have …

— According to the Census Bureau, there are nearly 57 million people living with disabilities in the United States. Thirty percent of American adults help provide care for a sick or disabled family member. Caregivers provide physical and emotional support for the people in their care. It’s a demanding job with its stresses and rewards, but it can also be a labor of love. Social Security is committed to you throughout life’s journey, helping secure today and tomorrow for every American. This …

— If you were to ask a typical Colorado resident how to fix health care in America, you can be sure he or she would not suggest that Washington allow insurance companies to price people out of affordable coverage. Yet, Congress is now considering the American Health Care Act – a bill that would do just that. The bill would impose an “age tax” on older Americans. That means people in their 50s and 60s who are buying health insurance on …

— AARP and the Colorado School and Public Employee Retirement Association are sponsoring an Essay Contest with the title “My Grandparents are the best grandparents in the world!”  Essays will be judged by CSPERA members and the results will be announced by April 14, 2017.  There will be a first- and second-place winner in each of the four CSPERA State Divisions:  the Metro Division, the Northeast Division, the Southern Division, and the Western Division.   Each winner will receive as follows: First Place – A …

— For many, the hardest part about getting help for a mental health, substance use or emotional issue is knowing how or where to begin, especially when an issue reaches a crisis. Whether you’re in need of crisis assistance, or are reaching out on behalf of a loved one, Colorado Crisis Services is designed to be a single point of entry for any individual experiencing a crisis of any kind by providing confidential and immediate help 24 hours a day, seven …

— Public Service Co. of Colorado, owned by Xcel Energy, is proposing a new energy initiative designed to impose significant costs on ratepayers and implement policies that are not in the best interest of consumers. Xcel also is seeking to have customers pay for a $500 million plan to install new meters on every home and small business in its Colorado service area. AARP commissioned a white paper about this issue. Click here. The utility – the state’s largest electricity provider – …

—   Saturday, July 22, 2017: Tour de Steamboat Bike Ride The Tour de Steamboat is an annual bicycle event that brings together 1000 cyclists and over 30 local and state-wide volunteers, on a one-day ride through beautiful Northern Colorado. Names like Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass, Yellow Jacket Pass, Stagecoach, Yampa and Oak Creek dot this incredible route, and 4 mileage options offer something for everyone to enjoy.  The Tour de Steamboat is a non-competitive event open to cyclists of …

— Please email coaarp@aarp.org or call 1-866-554-5376 if interested in volunteering. Cultural Competency Volunteers AARP Colorado is seeking volunteers to make a difference in the community by building awareness and sensitivity for service providers of the LGBTQ community. We are working with Project Visibility, a program created by the Boulder County Area Agency on Aging. Project Visibility’s goal is to co-create an aging services community that is informed, sensitive and supportive of LGBTQ elders. The Project Visibility course reviews LGBT history …

— If you love to walk and learn about Denver history and admire beautiful architecture, boy, do we have the app for you. Yes, there is an app for that. It is called NeighborWalks by Geotourist and you can download it for free from iTunes or Google Play. NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP Colorado. Our vision is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment and community. Our audio tour takes …

— Hundreds of thousands of Coloradans are caring for an older parent or loved one, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make a world of difference for them. A new law, the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, is a commonsense solution to support family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. What is The CARE …