— Gayle Novak, Denver area restaurateur, fund-raiser, wife, mother of six and grandmother of 13 is the 2018 Ms. Colorado Senior America. Novak was one of a dozen talented contestants in the 24th Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant held May 26 at the Lone Tree Arts Center. The pageant celebrates women in the “age of elegance,” 60 and above, who capture the joy of living and the disruption of aging. This year’s oldest contestant is a youthful 92. Contestants compete in …

— CHEYENNE – AARP Wyoming State President, Kate Sarosy of Casper, will offer a Disrupt Aging presentation at the Torrington Friendship Center on June 14 starting at 10 a.m. The Friendship Center is located at 216 East 19th Avenue in Torrington. Goshen County AARP Community Action Group and the Goshen County Friendship Center in Torrington are sponsoring the event, in conjunction with AARP Wyoming, which will provide a free lunch for those attending. The Disrupt Aging movement has been alive and …

— By Sandi Coyne, Goodwin College, Program Director, Master of Science in Organizational Leadership “Women have been trained to speak softly and carry a lipstick. THOSE DAYS ARE OVER.” — Bella Abzug It is a new day! But for women over 50 it is a time for direction and possibility. Sure, you have had a career and opportunities but now you have the chance to retool those skills and take them back to the workplace in a different way, different place, …

— AARP Washington State Podcast: The Good News About Aging with Stanford Professor Dr. Laura Carstensen Are older people happier? Can the last third of our lives be our best years, both for ourselves and for contribution to society? Dr. Laura Carstensen says yes! Dr. Carstensen is the founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity at Stanford University. She maintains that the doubling of our lifespans over the past century could be the greatest cultural achievement in human history. But …

— AARP Tallahassee is happy to participate in the Tallahassee-Leon County Bike Month activities. And we’re happy to sponsor the Slow Roll Booker Bike Ride on May 5. Check out the month’s activities. We hope to see you at one (or more) of them! Tallahassee-Leon County Bicycle Expo, Tuesday, May 1, 6 p.m. Please join Planning Staff and our community partners for a night of food and cycling! To officially kick off Bike Month, the bike expo will be located at …

— The Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant has 12 amazing contestants from the Denver Metro area, ages 60 to 95, competing for the title of 2018 Ms. Colorado Senior America. These elegant and talented ladies will entertain you with their singing, dancing and comedy and don’t forget the sparkling evening gown competition. Come cheer them on. This year marks the 24th anniversary of the Ms. Colorado Senior America Pageant, which will be held May 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Lone Tree Arts …

— Rita Ricks, spiritual and business coach, inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator, and award-winning entrepreneur and author, presented a program entitled “Speaking to Your Spirit” to members of Fredericksburg AARP Chapter 3396 on April 3, 2018. She encouraged her listeners to renew “the person within” and embrace their G.I.F.T.S. which include being “Grateful” for each day; being “Intentional” by bringing their lives into focus because this is their time, their journey; being “Fearless” by stepping out of their comfort zone; living for …

— While the April 17 tax deadline is swiftly approaching, it’s not too late to get free tax assistance and preparation from AARP Taxi-Aide Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. Last year, 139 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 17,169 people file their federal and state tax returns in Mississippi. The program is offered at approximately …

— AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. Operation Stop Scams aims to help Mississippians in the fight against fraud. According to the latest reports on identity fraud, more than $20 billion was stolen from about 13 million victims in 2012. One common method that criminals use to gain private information is sorting through trash. Americans can reduce their risk of identity fraud by destroying all documents …

— 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 …