— Henry Kenney III is an AARP Maryland Communications Intern and graduate student at Georgetown University. On November 29, I had the opportunity to interview Shawn Perry, founder and host of the popular radio broadcast The Senior Zone. The Maryland resident is using his platform to reshape and positively influence the lives of seniors and older adults in the DMV area. The Senior Zone’s first broadcast was on November 12, 2012, and for over six years now Shawn has been using …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anna Landrum, a senior at Northeast Jones High School. She was nominated by Lori Landrum. “Anna plays volleyball, basketball and softball,” Landrum said. “She has been a member of her inaugural volleyball team for its first two years and this year …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anne Grayson Clanton, a senior at Lafayette High School. She was nominated by Jennifer Painter. “Anne has a 3.91 GPA and is ranked 19 out of 197 seniors while being a full-time band member since 6th grade and working a part-time …

— Here’s a listing of several special events and activities offered at a discount to our AARP members in Vermont. Music, theatre, fitness, art and more… VSO AARP MENBERS DISCOUNT 20% off the adult ticket price Holiday Pops with VSO José Daniel Flores-Caraballo leads the Orchestra and Chorus in a festive program that ranges from an a cappella version of “Jingle Bells” to the blockbuster “Many Moods of Christmas.” We pay tribute to the late great Robert De Cormier with three …

— AARP Connecticut has selected four awardees for its inaugural “Livable Communities Grant Program” dedicated to fund quick-action projects in Connecticut communities that will help make immediate improvements or jumpstart long-term progress that will support residents. The AARP Connecticut Livable Communities Grant Program, a local expansion of the AARP Community Challenge initiative, was launched in August to provide nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Connecticut with up to $2,500 for projects that aim to help neighborhoods, towns and cities become more livable …

— West Sacramento has a new ride-share program, and more older adults could be using it for a pathway to mobile, independent lives without getting behind the wheel. With a $10,000 Community Challenge grant from AARP, the city is studying ways to increase older residents’ use of the on-demand, flat-fee car and bike service. The city is asking key questions: Do price, lack of a cellphone, or other factors deter seniors from ridership? The grant was among five that AARP awarded …

— The city of Laramie took another step toward becoming an age-friendly community with a new garden funded by a $20,000 AARP Community Challenge grant. The garden provides healthy food and multigenerational education in the Kiwanis Park area, which is far from other neighborhood gardens and grocery stores. The city of Rock Springs was also awarded a Community Challenge grant of $5,000 for a downtown mural that celebrates the heritage of local miners and railroad workers. To participate in the Age-Friendly …

— Most older Americans want to age in place, staying in their home and community, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. But to do that, residents need safe, walkable streets and sidewalks. That’s the goal of a Memphis project designed to improve the area near the Josephine K. Lewis Senior Center. Boosted by a $21,040 Community Challenge grant from AARP, the project is meant to promote physical activity and overall accessibility to the center by repairing 1,500 square feet of …

— To help Mississippians age in place, AARP awarded grants of $15,000 each to Gulfport and Jackson to improve outdoor areas for people of all ages. The 2018 Community Challenge grants are part of the association’s Livable Communities initiative to improve transportation, pedestrian safety and citizen involvement. Jackson used the grant to make the area along Congress Street in front of City Hall more pedestrian friendly, with outdoor furniture, landscape design, bike infrastructure and events throughout the year. With its grant, …

— Downtown Vinita, a rural community of 5,700, has become more hospitable to pedestrians, thanks to a $25,000 grant from the AARP Community Challenge program. The improvements boost the safety and walkability of Vinita’s historic Route 66 Main Street. The grant is part of AARP’s Livable Communities initiative, which helps improve cities and towns for residents of all ages. This year the program awarded $1.3 million to 129 localities and organizations across the country. “The city of Vinita’s innovative approach to …