— With a snip of the ribbon, AARP officially became a part of the Atwater Resource Center in Wichita’s District 1. On Saturday, March 4, AARP State Director Maren Turner and AARP Volunteer State President Glenda DuBoise joined with Wichita Vice-Mayor LaVonta Williams, City Manager Robert Layton, Atwater Community Representative Kameelah Alexander and members of the Wichita Council of Elders to take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Having office space at the Atwater Resource Center, located at 2755 E. 19th St. …

— What do you do when your family members’ situation dramatically changes so that they cannot maintain their independence without assistance? What if it happens to a friend or neighbor? In what ways can we create more interdependent communities? Lane County resident, Jennifer Snyder, age 66, like many families, has taken on a caregiving role and is now looking at who will be there for her as she grows older. “We need help assessing the opportunities around us.” She lives within …

— So you say that it’s your birthday? This is what AARP Long Island and WHLI have to say about that: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! AARP Long Island and WHLI have teamed up to give you the chance to win some fun and exciting prizes just because it’s your birthday! Make sure to sign up on their website so that you are on the “Birthday Club” list. For more details and to see what you can win visit WHLI’s website.

— When AARP volunteer Laurie Kaneshiro brought her mother home to Hawaii to take care of her, she had no idea what was ahead and how much it would cost. “I was used to working 14 to 16 hours a day,” she said. But when her mother, who suffered from dementia and other ailments, came to live with her, Kaneshiro found herself needing to take time off at work to make sure her mother was eating and didn’t fall and hurt …

— Join AARP for our free monthly coffee and “On-Tap” social events all across Maine! They’re a great way to meet new people and find out what we’re doing in your community. The first beverage at each event is on us and friends are welcome. Augusta On-Tap Third Thursday of each month from 4-6 PM The Black and Tan Augusta Coffee Klatsch Third Wednesday of each month from 8-10 AM Lisa’s Restaurant Bangor On-Tap Second Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30 PM Geaghan’s Brewery Bangor …

— Looking to make a difference in your community? We invite you to join AARP in helping older Iowans learn more about Medicare benefits by volunteering for the Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)*.  SHIIP is a free health insurance counseling service that help Medicare-eligible Iowans with their health and long-term care insurance needs. More information on SHIIP can be found here. SHIIP counselors assist Medicare beneficiaries and their families with questions or problems related to Medicare, Medicare supplement insurance, …

— AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES NETWORK AWARD OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. BRIEF OVERVIEW: The AARP Livable Communities Network Award (“Promotion”) takes place between February 17 at 9:00am EST and February 28 at 11:59pm EST (“Promotion Period”). The Promotion consists of an award in which community organizations will be recognized for their work creating Livable Communities for adults aged 50 and over. AARP Network of …

— Marie Knapp knows what it’s like to be lonesome.  As someone who has moved frequently, she has felt what she calls “the sting of loneliness” that comes with a new town.  Born in Haiti and adopted by a couple from the United States, Marie spent her childhood moving around Michigan with her family, who often had to relocate for her dad’s job.  Once Marie graduated from high school, she continued to move—Georgia, Mississippi, Ghana, and Jamaica, among many other locations.  …

— Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs AARP is partnering with Efficiency Maine to get the word out about incentives to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. This week we’re writing about opportunities for limited-income households, for which energy costs can be a particular burden. Incentives through Efficiency Maine’s low income program can help reduce these costs. Read on for multiple ways to upgrade your home: Are you interested in lowering heating costs and making your home …

— Senior Connections is currently seeking input from adults ages 60+ via surveys and interviews. Your responses will be incorporated into a mural design with the theme “Recipes for Life.” Senior Connections is excited to announce its Interactive Mural Project, a creative program designed to highlight the colorful lives of older adults and the many gifts they give to the community. The mural will be painted on fabric squares and then be installed together on the Senior Connections building. The mural …