— With electricity, cell phone service and even landline communications knocked out or damaged in much of the eastern Florida Panhandle after Hurricane Michael, one major emerging need is for information about who needs help. While most people age 50-plus treasure their independence and vigor, natural disasters can hit older people especially hard. AARP is working to connect those you care about to assistance. At present, it is difficult if not impossible for public officials and aid workers to get in …

— Help ensure the City of Roanoke remains an Age-Friendly City! In December 2017, the City of Roanoke became part of a global network of communities committed to providing older residents the opportunity to live rewarding, productive, and safe lives by earning AARP’s Age-Friendly City designation. The accomplishment recognizes the City as a well-designed, livable community promoting health and sustaining economic growth, resulting in happier, healthier residents of all ages. As the U.S. population ages and people stay healthy and active …

— Active Aging – “Still Climbing, Not Over the Hill” The local AARP Virginia Chapter #5335 is hosting an info session for people all over the Hanover and Ashland areas from 10 – 2:00 p.m.  on October 17th. This FREE event will promote smart strategies for healthy aging with topics including: Decluttering, Nutrition, Fitness demonstrations, and Alzheimer’s disease. This event will have free lunch provided, exhibits, door prizes and FLU shots (please bring insurance cards). While the event is free, space …

— In order to promote safer driving in Kansas, AARP is offering its popular Smart Driver Course for free in select cities during the month of October. This is your chance to brush up on your driving skills, learn new techniques to stay safe behind the wheel, and keep up-to-date on driving laws in Kansas. Check out the list of cities below and take advantage of this offer. Some classes may be full, so be sure to call the number listed …

—   Where We Live: Communities for All Ages features more than 100 articles and dozens of photographs about the many ways communities nationwide are becoming great places to live for people of all ages. Examples from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico appear in the publication. Nebraska examples include Omaha’s annual Midtown on the Move campaign, which encourages people in four neighborhoods to leave their cars behind and walk, bike, ride a …

— RELEASE: October 10, 2018 Contact:           Jane Margesson, AARP Maine State Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org     Milestone Reached as Maine’s 60th Community Joins AARP Age-Friendly Network Maine is first state in the nation to achieve goal   PORTLAND: With the recent additions of Hanover and Mount Vernon, AARP Maine today announced that a total of 60 communities in the state have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities (NAFC). Maine continues to lead the nation in the number of …

— On October 2, AARP Wyoming formally congratulated the City of Laramie on becoming the 293rd community in the nation, and third in the State of Wyoming, to enroll in AARP’s network of Age Friendly Communities. Representatives from AARP Wyoming State Office as well as AARP volunteers from the Laramie Valley presented a certificate and letter of welcome from AARP’s national offices to the Laramie City Council on Oct. 2. “Receiving the Age Friendly designation is a significant first step for …

— East High School students will bring their tech savvy to the Cheyenne Senior Center (2101 Thomes Ave.) to help the residents better understand how to use their mobile devices from 11 a.m. – noon on Saturday, October 27. The project, known as Senior Tech High, is a collaboration between AARP Wyoming, the Cheyenne Senior Center, the Cheyenne East High School Interact Club, as well as East High School’s ROTC Cyberpatriot Team. Interact Clubs are affiliates of Rotary International, which bring …

— According to the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), the application, filed by Kansas Gas Service in June, requests a $42.7 million dollar net base rate increase. If approved, the average residential customer’s natural gas bill will increase by $5.67 per month, an increase of 10 percent. A complete copy of Kansas Gas Service’s application and supporting testimony is available on the Commission’s website. The following is testimony presented by AARP Kansas Associate State Director Andrea Bozarth before the Kansas Corporation Commission …

— Alexandria county has announced the availability of a number of affordable one-level condos designed for older adults. The condos are located in a new 55+ community called Crest of Alexandria on Telegraph Road between Kingstowne and Fort Belvoir and close to shopping and other amenities. Find more information, email Santiago.Sanchez@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-246-5165, TTY 711. You can also listen to two county housing officials discuss the program on this latest edition of Fairfax 50+ Podcast: Affordable Homes for Older Adults, Alexandria