— AARP Missouri presented the City of Gladstone with a check for $20,000 at the October 23, 2017 Gladstone City Council Meeting. This money will be allocated to the Hobby Hill Renovation project to assist in purchasing multi-generational play and fitness equipment. This partnership between Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts aligns with AARP’s mission to help its members be healthier and more active. In making the presentation, AARP Missouri State Director Craig Eichelman said, “Cities that offer accessible amenities and …

— Join AARP Kansas Director Dr. Maren Turner as she hosts an AARP Teletownhall meeting to talk about the latest scams and frauds in Kansas. You’ll learn how to protect yourself and family and friends from Identity Theft and learn what scams are popular right now and how to avoid them. Dr. Turner will be joined by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Director of the AARP Fraud Watch Network Kristin Keckeisen. If you’d like to be part of the …

— Many residents age 50-plus share common goals: They want Washington, D.C., to be a livable community for people of all ages. They want supportive services for an estimated 75,000 unpaid family caregivers. And they want a strong nest egg for retirement. AARP DC is keeping those priorities in mind as it prepares to work with the Council of the District of Columbia in 2018. Two issues top the agenda: relieving the burden on family caregivers and helping D.C. communities become …

— By Thomas Korosec After Hurricane Ike struck Houston in September 2008, volunteers with the nonprofit Avenue CDC helped fix Angela Guerrero’s grandmother’s house. Now Guerrero is in a position to repay the favor by helping restore houses damaged by Hurricane Harvey in August. Guerrero, 31, is part of a small army of volunteers in nonprofit organizations who are helping to restore their communities in Harvey’s wake. Many are being helped by funds from AARP Foundation, which has invested $3.2 million …

— A park in the village of McComb has new benches and play equipment, thanks to a $20,000 AARP challenge grant. The park is a focal point of this community of about 1,600 in northwestern Ohio. It features walking paths around two reservoirs, frequent games on four baseball diamonds and a zero-edge swimming pool, which allows people of all ages to enter with ease. In the winter, a free ice rink is open to everyone. Adult and multigenerational playgrounds boost physical …

— Are you a leader who is driven by helping others? AARP Mississippi is looking for a State President, the organization’s highest volunteer position. The State President works closely with the State Director, volunteers and staff as they help the 50-plus population live their best lives. Everyday we seek to demonstrate the motto of our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus: To serve, not to be served. Position Function In partnership with the State Director and in collaboration with other appropriate volunteers …

— The idea of “Wise Elder” suddenly occurred to me. While standing at the counter at a full service car wash, I observed the discounts available. “Are you:  Military, Student, or a Wise Elder?” Typically, I avoided the senior, senior citizen, or above X age options in so many other places.  However, this time I swallowed and even said out loud, “I am a wise elder” to the young person behind the counter!  It was the first time, at ‘my age’, …

— AARP New Mexico State Director Gene Varela and State President Jackie Cooper recently  presented Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry with a certificate formally enrolling the city into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The presentation was made Nov. 21 at the Barelas Senior Center. The City became the 189th community to be enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. AARP’s age-friendly network encourages states, counties, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population. …

— Open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace runs through December 15 in Kansas and many other states. That makes it prime time for scammers to try taking advantage of unsuspecting consumers. Be wary of phone or email solicitations selling cheap health insurance that claim to meet all federal requirements. If you bite, you may end up without a plan, and with a tax penalty for not having qualifying coverage. Your best bet is to enroll or re-enroll by visiting healthcare.gov, …

— AARP Iowa State Director Kent Sovern was honored earlier this month with the 2017 Planning Advocate – Engaged Citizen award from the Iowa Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-Iowa) during the Upper Midwest Planning Conference in Dubuque.  This award honors an individual who has advanced or promoted the cause of planning the built environment in the public arena. Cory Scott, an urban planner with RGD Planning and Design led the effort to recognize Sovern. “Kent actively creates partnerships between …