— 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 …

— Regardless of your choice of transportation or age, how safely and easily we’re able to get from one place to another has a major effect on our quality of life.  This weekend, join AARP Minnesota for a conversation about it.  On Saturday, October 28th, we’re co-hosting a Mayoral forum on the subject of equitable and sustainable transportation. During this forum, candidates will be given an opportunity to share their vision for transportation in Minneapolis.  Participating candidates include Raymond Dehn, Al …

— This fall, boomers who are looking for meaning and direction, or are interested in exploring encores, have several new options–right here in the Twin Cities. See below to learn more about these programs, and how to apply. University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative UMAC brings boomers to campus for a period of self-reflection and learning as they figure out the next stage of their lives. This two semester fellowship experience is an innovative pathway to transition from career jobs into …

— Join AARP Minnesota, Twin Cities Jazz, and host Freddie Bell for a night of entertainment and inspiration at the Capri Theater.  Actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will share her personal story of balancing life as a family caregiver while working and raising a family. This event is a great opportunity for those who love jazz music, are interested in connecting with other caregivers, or simply want to learn more about caregiving. Tuesday, May 23rd 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Capri Theater 2027 …

— This spring, let AARP Minnesota buy you a beer.  We’re partnering with local breweries for multiple AARP On Tap events, and you won’t want to miss out.  These events are great opportunities for those who want to meet and connect with other members, learn more about AARP, or just enjoy a free brewery tour. Help AARP fight hunger in the Twin Cities while you enjoy some local craft beer.  Make sure to bring a non-perishable food donation, and in exchange, we’ll …

— Get some fresh air at the Labatt Blue U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, Jan. 26-29, at Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis. Founded in 2006, the popular event is free and open to the public. ESPN has named it one of the “101 things sports fans must experience before they die.” Pond hockey is played much like traditional hockey, except it is less formal, has fewer players and is played on a natural frozen body of water. The tournament’s website calls it “Hockey. …

— Grab a seat on the bleachers or bring a blanket for a screening of the movie The Sandlot at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 10, at CHS Field in St. Paul, home of the St. Paul Saints baseball team. The free screening of the 1993 coming-of-age baseball movie is a great way for families and people of all ages to spend a summer evening. You can explore the park, stroll along the field, sit on a blanket in the outfield or …

— St. Paul — AARP announced today that the City of Minneapolis has been officially designated an Age Friendly Community in the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities. The network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to key services; and opportunities for residents to participate in civic and community activities. There are 68 communities with the designation in the U.S., with Minneapolis …

Experience Corps

—   As I approached becoming an empty nester 18 years ago, I began working on an MBA in Nonprofit Management while managing a Creative Kidstuff toy store.  While it’s a great company with a strong mission, I knew that retail sales was not the best match for me.  I celebrated my graduation in 1999 by taking my two daughters on a trip to Italy.  It was on that trip that I decided to quit my job immediately and spend the …

Experience Corps

— AARP recently joined forces with Experience Corps, one of the nation’s most highly regarded service programs, which engages older adult volunteers to help improve K-3 literacy in underserved schools. The new relationship supports the priorities of both organizations: AARP Experience Corps will be able to increase its ability to tap into the experience and dedication of older Americans who want to give back to their communities, and it will offer AARP members a new way to engage in one of …