— Medicare Open Enrollment runs from October 15th through December 7th and is the perfect opportunity each year to review your Medicare plan coverage for 2018. AARP is encouraging everyone with Medicare coverage to compare their health and prescription drug plan options during the seven weeks of Medicare Open Enrollment. “Medicare Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to compare plans to find one that best meets your needs at a price that’s right for you,” said Lina Walker, PhD, Vice President …

— Greg Glischinski doesn’t shy away from controversy. In fact, he is known as an ardent supporter, if not a rip-off-his-blazer defender of AARP. In a stuffy, crowded legislative committee room in 2015, a woman walked by Glischinski, a long-time AARP Colorado advocacy volunteer, and sneered at his AARP name tag, making a snarky comment under her breath. “She didn’t know who she was messing with,” said Kelli Fritts, AARP Colorado advocacy director. Greg said, “Excuse me, what did you say?” To …

— 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 – …

— Thursday, November 16: Personal Enrichment: Beginning Crocket, 6 – 8 PM – Metro State University Come explore the many wonders of crochet in a relaxed environment!  Learn how to read patterns, work beginner stitches and finish off a project.  Students will leave with a completed project, extra yarn an lot of ideas! Register here and  select Andrus2017 at registration type on online registration page,  or call 303-556-8320 and request state “Andrus2017” or email learnon@msudenver.edu with class name and state “Andrus2017” AARP Members …

— 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 …