— By Ilana Berger After 52 years of driving, Carol Albright is proud of her record. She wants to keep that record clean, she said, which is one reason she signed up for AARP’s Smart Driver course at her local library, in East Greenbush. “Driving is a thing you come to take for granted over time,” said Albright, 70. “People say, ‘Oh, I’ve been driving for 50 years,’ and it can’t be taken for granted. You cannot be prepared for a …

— By Michelle R. Davis Pat Dixon, 63, drives her grandchildren around regularly. She has carpal tunnel syndrome in one wrist that can flare up when she’s behind the wheel, and she tries to avoid congested traffic. Dixon also wants to feel more confident about her driving. So in February, she attended a four-hour AARP Smart Driver course to learn how to remain secure on the road. After the class, Dixon, who splits her time between her Florida home and her …

— By Pamela Schmid Ray Murray, an AARP volunteer, figures he has driven a million and a half miles during his decades-long career selling claims processing solutions to insurance companies. He’s grateful that two close calls on the road ended with little more than “horns honking, tires squealing and universal hand signals passed back and forth.” Both of those near crashes happened, Murray said, when he was “not paying attention, overtook slower traffic, made a move into the fast lane and …

— Make eye contact with a driver or pedestrian and say mahalo before crossing the street. That’s the message that AARP Hawai‘i, Catholic Charities Hawai‘i, Walk Wise Hawaii and other senior organizations and facilities will be sharing during a pedestrian safety sign waving event on May 2 at locations across Honolulu. “Pedestrians and drivers must be aware of each other when approaching intersections and crossing the street,” said Suzanne Chun Oakland, program coordinator at the Lanakila Senior Center operated by Catholic …

— By Kayla McVay You did it! Perhaps one of the biggest decisions you’ll ever make in life is deciding to live life to the fullest as you age. AARP is dedicated to helping the 50-plus population live their best lives. Join AARP Mississippi on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. for 50-Plus Living A Complete Life. The free event takes place at the Brown Missionary Baptist Church Family Enrichment Center, 980 Stateline Road East in Southaven, …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. A shred event will be held from 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Friday, May 4, 2018 at Metro Center Mall, located at 3645 U.S. 80 in Jackson. A fraud prevention workshop will start at 11 a.m. that day at Metro Center Mall. Another shred event will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. on …

— By Jill Gambon John Marcelino’s first car was a far cry from the rides on the road today: It had no right side-view mirror, no backup camera, no airbags and no Bluetooth connectivity. Cars aren’t the only things that have changed since Marcelino, 58, started driving. The rules of the road have also evolved. Now volunteer state coordinator for the AARP Massachusetts Driver Safety program, Marcelino said it’s important for drivers to refresh their skills and keep up with the …

— By Drew Jubera Jerry Lee attended a safe-driving course more than two decades ago, when his parents bought him an AARP membership for his 50th birthday and invited him to join them at a class. Their main motivation: the 10 percent discount that car insurers in Georgia give those with clean driving records who complete the course. Now Lee, 76, teaches the AARP Smart Driver class as a volunteer in Atlanta. And though many of those he’s taught over the …

— Older drivers tend to be safe drivers. They are more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to drive drunk. But is your car safe for you? AARP Louisiana, in cooperation with AAA and the American Occupational Therapy Association, is offering CarFit checkups in New Orleans on Saturday, April 21. Using a 12-point checklist, volunteer technicians make sure each driver’s car is adjusted properly to accommodate the person’s height, vision and flexibility—characteristics that may change with age. The free …

— Volunteering with AARP can be fun and rewarding, but it’s even more fulfilling when volunteers come together and make an impact as a team.   Meet our featured volunteers and college sweethearts, Ronald and Elouise McLaughlin. The couple met at Alcorn State University in Lorman, Miss. and had careers in education. After retirement, the two decided to get involved in their community and become volunteers for AARP Mississippi. Here is what they had to say about volunteering, working together, and AARP: …