— Health, beauty and wellness are the focus of the AZ Black Women’s Expo on Sunday, Aug. 19, in Phoenix. AARP Arizona is cosponsoring the expo at the Legends Event Center, 4240 W. Camelback Road. Open to consumers of all ages, the expo will feature workshops and demonstrations, offering an opportunity for local businesswomen to build brand awareness and showcase their products. Organizers anticipate significantly larger crowds than last year’s expo, which drew 500 attendees. For more information and to buy …

— By Tim Poor Zoia Martin has been taking care of her mother since 2008. “It’s very hard at times,” said Martin, particularly because her 80-year-old mother has Alzheimer’s disease, is blind and doesn’t sleep through the night. “You get exhausted from lack of sleep and rest,” she said. Although the stress can be overwhelming, Martin, of Cape Girardeau, is comforted by the knowledge that she’s not alone and that help is available. She attends Caregiving Conferences sponsored by AARP Missouri …

— By Kim Keister Brian T. Smith served the American people for more than 30 years. He enlisted in the Marine Corps and retired as a Navy captain, saw combat and received a number of military awards. Smith, who turns 57 this month, has pivoted to serve in a different way. He advocated for military retirees and disabled veterans during this year’s Maryland General Assembly session. “There was a connection to give back to the community and state by going to …

— In cases of personal injury or wrongful death in a medical setting, Arkansas residents and their families can sue for damages. But a proposed state constitutional amendment—known as Issue 1—would limit noneconomic damages (for pain and suffering) to $500,000. Punitive damages (which punish wrongdoing) would be limited to the greater of $500,000 or three times compensatory damages. Attorneys’ contingency fees would be capped at one-third of the award. AARP Arkansas opposes Issue 1 because it puts a finite price on …

— More than 3.2 million Georgians live in medically underserved areas, meaning there are not enough health care professionals to tend to their needs. The problem is especially acute in rural areas. Telehealth can alleviate the shortage by connecting patients with health care providers through high-tech communications. AARP Georgia is hosting a Telehealth Summit on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Cumming to help local residents learn how it works—and how Georgia legislators are working to expand access to telehealth. The free event …

— The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is the largest event in the state and one of the oldest agricultural and industrial expositions in the country. The 2018 fair runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-19, and about a million people are expected to attend. AARP Iowa welcomes visitors of all ages to its booth in the Varied Industries Building. Visitors can pick up information on voting in the midterm elections, as well as resources for caregiving, fraud prevention and livable …

— By Merry MacKinnon For retired bookkeeper Chris Anderson, a walking-based exercise routine works best when done with a group. “I like the structure,” she said. Anderson, 66, had explored Portland neighborhoods for years with a group called Senior Strolls. Starting in 2005, Donna Green of the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) ran the award-winning, free guided walking program for older adults. After funding for Senior Strolls was cut, AARP Oregon, in collaboration with PBOT and the nonprofit Oregon Walks, recast …

— AARP Maine is hosting a series of free summer events. On Tuesday, July 24, enjoy a nature hike at Viles Arboretum in Augusta. The 90-minute tour begins at 10 a.m. at 153 Hospital St. To sign up, go to aarp.cvent.com/VilesArboretum. Walk along the Kennebec River Rail Trail every Thursday, starting at the boat landing in Hallowell at 8:30 a.m. The walks go toward either Augusta or Farmington, and you can walk as far as you are comfortable. Watch a full …

— By Tom Scherberger Sharona Young, a medically retired Navy chief petty officer, is a multi-medalist in two National Veterans Wheelchair Games. But the chance to win more medals is not the main draw for this summer’s event in Orlando. “It’s just a good time—veterans from all over the country together in a friendly competition,” said Young, 36, of Orlando, who retired on a full military disability after developing multiple sclerosis during her service. “Some people may be intimidated when they …

— By Diana Lamirand As an 84-year-old community volunteer, Lucille Moore, of Indianapolis, knows firsthand the issues older people face in trying to meet their needs for health care, financial stability and general well-being. She worries about those on a meager income who don’t see a doctor regularly and have to pay for expensive medication. “It’s important for seniors to be able to survive on their own,” said Moore, an active volunteer for AARP Indiana since 2010. She enjoys spreading the …