— Do you know a volunteer, over the age of 50, who’s made a significant impact on your neighborhood? Now’s your chance to get them recognized by nominating them for AARP’s most prestigious community service award. What is it? The Ethel Percy Andrus Award, named after AARP’s founder, aims to shine a light on outstanding local volunteers who donate their skills, time and love to their communities. AARP DC will be accepting nominations until July 9, 2018, and the winner will receive …

— Do you paint or draw? Perhaps you make pottery, jewelry or sculpt. Or do you enjoy digital photography or poetry? In whichever of these arts you shine, you are invited to enter your best works in the Celebration of the Arts — a competition for amateur artists 50 and over who live in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Winners will receive awards, cash prizes (up to $100), as well as the opportunity to exhibit in one or more …

— Wednesday, June 20, 2018:  Tools for your Caregiving Journey Workshop 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80207. The journey of caregiving – like any other journey – benefits from a bit of preparation and planning. Please join us to discuss and to “test drive” some fabulous tools for mapping the caregiving journey including CareMaps by Atlas of Caregiving which will help you to map and then assess your current and future care …

— Exploring the possibility of turning your hobby into a business? Join AARP New Hampshire, Small Business Administration, and SCORE  and find out how! Industry leaders will walk you through the steps to think about if you’re interested in making your hobby a business, including: Is your product or service marketable? How do you move beyond a fun pastime to a serious endeavor? What are the critical steps in building your business? Which on-line presence is best for you? This free, …

— AARP Tennessee is supporting a new way for Tennesseans to save for retirement. A bill in the Tennessee General Assembly would create the Voluntary Employee Retirement Accounts plan which will allow the state treasurer to authorize the establishment of a voluntary employee retirement account program.  If established, employers and employees may voluntarily participate in the program. “We know that people are 15 times more likely to save for retirement through payroll deduction, but many small business across Tennessee do not …

— Secure Choice, a voluntary workplace retirement savings option that could help millions of working New Yorkers save for their futures on the job, was enacted into law as part of the 2018-19 New York State Budget. When the program is fully implemented as expected in two years, Secure Choice will provide a convenient way for people to save at work – and continue saving even if they change jobs. What is the “Secure Choice Savings Program”? A new, voluntary workplace retirement savings program …

— New York State has long been home to some of the most ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the nation. New York’s ethnic communities—primarily comprised of African American/Black, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino populations are not only growing, but also aging at a rapid pace. Given these changing demographics, AARP convened thought leaders, elected officials and leading organizations that serve New York’s ethnic communities to launch a multi-year effort to identify disparities that exist among their ethnic 50-plus communities and develop an …

— En Español.  AARP New York and the Paid Family Leave Coalition fought for the Paid Family Leave program because family caregivers who work shouldn’t have to choose between caring for a loved one or losing their jobs. In January 2018, we reached that goal when one of the strongest Paid Family Leave laws in the nation took effect. Here are five things you should know about New York’s Paid Family Leave program: 1) What is paid family leave? Under a …

— Join AARP Virginia at one of our many local events AARP Virginia staff and volunteers work together in bringing real possibilities to your community.  Join us at our free informative workshops where you can learn about caregiving, Brain Health, identifying frauds, and more.  Socialize with other AARP members at our lunch and dinner groups, free movie screenings and other events. Get connected with many community partner organizations that provide unique tools and programs to tackle issues that matter most to …

— Did you know that AARP is in your community and working to help you explore your real possibilities? From information and learning opportunities about caregiving to frauds and scams, from advocating for livable communities to healthy living activities, we are working to bring you opportunities to live your best lives. We are excited to be working with Clackamas Repertory Theatre (CRT) again this year to bring you opportunities to enjoy great theater in your own back yard.  CRT is providing …

— Do you know a Portland business that goes above and beyond to provide exceptional service to older adults? Are you a Portland business owner with a knack for attracting and retaining older workers? Apply today for an Age-Friendly Business Award or an Age-Smart Employer Award. The number of people age 65 or older in the Portland area will increase 106% to more than 500,000 by 2030. Each year older adults generate more than $7 trillion in economic activity nationwide, a …

— By Philip Moore, Director of Marketing and Communications Goodwin College A new agreement between Goodwin College and AARP is making college education more affordable for AARP members. Beginning July 1, 2018, AARP members are eligible to receive a 25% tuition scholarship toward non-selective academic degree programs at Goodwin. Non-selective programs are those falling under the general admissions policies and include Accounting (AS), Business Administration (AS/BS), CNC Machining (AS/Certificate), CNC Metrology, (Certificate), Criminal Justice (AS), ESL (Certificate), Environmental Studies (AS/BS/Certificate), General …

— AARP’s Prepare to Care Workshop is designed to give current and future caregivers an opportunity to learn more about what this critical role entails. Please join us for this informative and free workshop! When: Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Where: Spruill Oaks Library | 9560 Spruill Road | Johns Creek, GA 30022 To register, please call 770-360-8820. AARP is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all as we age. People may not think of themselves as a caregiver, but …

— Communities across the nation are taking steps to become better places to live and age, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index. Along with overall livability trends, AARP identifies the top ten large, mid-size, and small cities. The index uses more than 50 national data sources to score every neighborhood and community in the U.S. based on seven categories of livability:  affordable housing, public transportation, neighborhood, social engagement, health, environment, engagement, and opportunity. “The majority of …

— (Alton, IL) AARP Illinois recently sponsored a legislative update breakfast at Senior Services Plus (SSP) as an opportunity for Alton and Southern Illinois residents to meet and interact with key elected officials. Participants had an opportunity to ask questions or share concerns regarding issues of importance to them, including Illinois’ fiscal crisis, caregiving, financial security, and health care. Illinois State Representative Monica Bristow discussed the recent passage of the Illinois budget, Illinois bill payment backlogs, the opioid crisis, the progressive …

— Despite continued suburban sprawl, communities across the nation are taking steps to become better places to live in and age in, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index. And Austin is being recognized among those cities, joining the Top 10 list for the first time among cities with a population of 500,000 or more. Across the U.S., more communities are enacting policies to improve livability with notable increases in housing trust funds that set aside revenue …

— AARP has built upon its long and successful history of voter engagement with the multifaceted campaign “Be the Difference. Vote” that is designed to maximize the influence of America’s voters, with a focus on the 50-plus, in the 2018 elections. AARP Connecticut State Director Nora Duncan urges all registered voters in the state to review candidates’ positions on issues important to them and cast ballots. “The 2018 midterms will be among the most historic elections in a generation so we …

— AARP Pennsylvania invites everyone to get active with Councilman Corey O’Connor at Frick Park Councilwoman Erika Strassburger at Schenley Park, one of the most beautiful assets to the community, on Wednesday, June 27th July 12. This is a great opportunity to get some fresh air, meet some new people, and hear from a local legislator about current city initiatives. The Venture Outdoors staff have planned a low intensity walk through the park in order to accommodate participants with varying levels of …