— AARP members are invited to join us for coffee and conversation when we are in your neighborhood. The locations we plan to be at before the end of the year are listed below. Check back here for updates on locations in each community. A volunteer leader from AARP North Dakota’s Executive Council will moderate the 60-90 minute conversation. We’ll spend just a few minutes talking about our work to support family caregivers in North Dakota, health care, and some of …

— Public input sessions on Otter Tail Power Company’s proposed electric rate increase will be held by the North Dakota Public Service Commission (PSC) April 3 and 5. These public input sessions are the only opportunity for Otter Tail customers to comment on the rate increase before the PSC. Public input sessions will be held on two separate days. The first session will be held Tuesday, April 3, at 5 p.m. central time via interactive television from six locations (see below). …

— AARP collaborates with APA Florida chapter to highlight innovative projects that focus on 50+ residents We hear the buzzword innovation a lot these days. It may make us think of a gadget, app or perhaps a robot that can cook our dinners. Why that may be useful, they perhaps only serve the one person using it. Why not have innovation in planning our cities and communities? Think about it: If we can get urban designers and city planners to think …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Projects may range in …

— Harris Rosen Wants You to Write a Book #AARPRI Harris “Hershey” Rosen of Providence wrote a book. Now he wants you to write one of your own. No, it’s not one of those “publish your own novel” schemes. Rosen’s My Family Record Book is billed as “The Easy Way to Organize Personal Information, Financial Plans and Final Wishes for Seniors, Caregivers, Estate Executors, etc.” In short, it’s a Book of Life to leave behind for relatives and others who may be …

— At some point, we will all need someone to help us. This might be provided by family members, friends, neighbors, professional caregivers or all of the above. Some of us have many people to turn to, others, not as many. This program will help you think through future caregiving needs in an effective way.  Many wonderful online resources and other strategies will be explored including CareMaps, Lotsa Helping Hands, and Caring Bridge to identify and help you create future care …

— AGELESS MAINE READERS: Would you like a free copy of the inaugural March issue of Ageless Maine?  Send us a note: me@aarp.org.  The publisher of Ageless Maine is also offering a subscription discount through their website.  Just put “50+” into the Checkout box to receive your discount here. A MESSAGE FROM LORI PARHAM, AARP Maine State Director: It is an honor for AARP Maine to collaborate with Maine Media Collective on the inaugural issue of Ageless Maine, a new publication designed …

— March 2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant in Town of Cutler Bay The AARP Community Challenge Grants were launched in 2017 by AARP as a way of investing in communities across the nation to facilitate projects that would improve the lives of the people living in them.  Over 1,200 grant applications were received, 46 of them from Florida alone; 89 projects granted and $780,000 in grant funds awarded.  Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge Grants.  …

— For over half a century, AARP has been the nation’s leading social change organization defending, representing, and advancing the needs and wants of people 50-plus.  Our vision is for a society in which all people live with dignity and purpose, and fulfill their goals and dreams, and Purpose is to empower people to choose how they live as they age. We may be able to assist you by providing a speaker for your next event; this is a free community service …

— From raising families to serving the country, women have made many contributions to society. Let’s celebrate women and all the great achievements they have made with the start of Women’s History Month! This month we will highlight some successful and empowering women that are not only shattering the preconceived notions that exist amongst gender but also of aging. Stay tuned each week to read the inspirational stories behind each of these influential women! Isabel Negron An accomplished speech and language …