— 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 …

— It’s a great time of year to check out local theater productions.  The Twin Cities performing arts scene is unique, world-class, and great to indulge in–especially on a hot or humid day. This summer, AARP Minnesota is excited to provide AARP members and their guests with discounted tickets to two upcoming shows. Sunday In The Park With George Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis See the musical that was inspired by George Seurat’s famous painting, and written by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. AARP members and their guests will …

— This summer, stay active and engaged with AARP Minnesota.  Join us for a bike ride along the Mississippi or around the Chain of Lakes.  These events are great opportunities to spend some time outdoors, get some exercise, and meet and connect with other AARP members. Ride the River with the National Park Service Tuesday, June 13, 2017 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Harriet Island Pavilion 200 Dr. Justus Ohage Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55101 Join AARP, the National Park Service and Bike …

— This story was originally published on June 6th, 2016.  In anticipation of our upcoming AARP Serves event, which will take place at Bridging on Thursday, May 25th, we encourage you to read about Fran Heitzman and his work.  Please also consider volunteering at the event, which you can learn more about here. By Laura Ledray — Fran Heitzman knows what it means to be poor. He grew up during the Depression Era, a time when his father was happy to …

— One could refer to Marcia Ballinger in many ways.  Among other things, the Twin Cities native is an award-winning author, a Doctor of Organization and Management, the co-founder and principal of a search firm, and a French bulldog owner.  In 2016, Ballinger earned an additional title when she was named one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50 winners. Ballinger’s career journey is rooted in Corporate America.  The holder of a degree in Business Administration, a master’s in Speech-Communication, and a doctorate …

— By Pamela Schmid To John Pfaff’s reckoning, there’s a tangible difference between writing a check to a local charity and donating one’s time, labor and know-how to one. “It’s the difference between going to a place and buying a table or going to a workshop and building it yourself,” he said. “There’s more of a sense of accomplishment there.” Pfaff, 68, of Burnsville, is among a small team of volunteers who organize events for AARP Serves, an initiative that brings …

— 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 …

— 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.  …

— Don’t miss your opportunity to be entertained and inspired in the Twin Cities when AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins visits this October.  There are three unique events where you can see her during her visit to Minnesota.     Community Conversation with Jo Ann Jenkins You’re invited to join Jo Ann Jenkins for a Community Conversation in Minneapolis. Discover how AARP plans to disrupt aging and what it means for AARP’s members and the 50 plus community. Hear how this nationwide …

— By: Kate Makowski Mark Thompson first experienced Alzheimer’s twenty years ago when his Grandmother was diagnosed with the disease that impacts over 100,000 Minnesotans.  In 2010, his family became reacquainted when his mother developed younger-onset Alzheimer’s. As anyone who has lived with (or cared for someone) with the disease knows, Alzheimer’s changes you in many ways.  For Mark Thompson, Alzheimer’s made him an advocate. It brought him to the Twin Cities Walk to End Alzheimer’s, where he has volunteered for …