— What Makes a Community Livable? Find out at a special event, when Active Knox and AARP Tennessee co-host an interactive forum to talk about how we can all work together to make Knoxville a more livable community. Hear from community leaders, elected officials and special guest, Jana Lynott, a national expert about how to create communities for people of all ages. DATE: Tuesday, April 24 TIME: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Program starts at 6 p.m. WHERE: Bridgewater Place (Kingston …

— Did you realize that the City of Concord has a trail system of 31 trails covering 81 miles?  Want to find out more about this fabulous resource? Join AARP New Hampshire and City Planner Sam Durfee for an educational session on how to navigate the off-road trails and how to read the trails and maps (so you don’t get lost!) Sam will take you on a virtual tour of three of the trails and advise you on what to bring …

— By Dana E. Neuts Thirty years after retiring from Boeing, John Pehrson, 91, of Seattle, is helping the city become age-friendly. Pehrson is the volunteer chairman of the Market to MOHAI project. When complete, the 1.4-mile pedestrian corridor will stretch 20 blocks from Pike Place Market to the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) at South Lake Union. The corridor will include lighting and signage aimed at pedestrians and connect two Seattle landmarks and four parks—Lake Union, Denny, Bell Street …

— Nearly 2.5 million North Carolinians live in areas that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Elected officials in these cities, towns and rural areas have pledged to prepare for an aging population by improving factors that affect the health and well-being of older adults. One such factor is use of outdoor spaces. This spring, AARP North Carolina is hosting events across the state to improve parks, community gardens and other places where people gather for recreation and relaxation. …

— A 4-H team of middle-schoolers who call themselves the Golden Girls took home AARP Kentucky’s Age-Friendly City Award in a statewide Future City Competition. The contest challenged students to imagine, research, design and build cities of the future. The winning team—Madie Alderdice, Kayla Aldridge, Lexie Mathis, Jenna Shupe and Connor Thomas, all of Graves County—envisioned a city with organic gardens, preservative-free foods, a ban on toxins, registered dieticians helping residents plan healthy meals; an enjoyable fitness program; houses built with …

— By Sheila Burke Nearly four years ago, Claire Johnson and her husband, Wayne, packed up and moved from Seattle to retire in Kingsport. With a population of just under 53,000, this city, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, couldn’t have been more different from the cosmopolitan tech hub they left behind. She was hesitant about the move at first, but Johnson says she was pleasantly surprised by how much she liked her new life in Tennessee. The Johnsons enjoy …

— Marcelo Barra, who works as a sail maker at a company in Kalihi, wants to save for retirement. But after paying bills and other family expenses, there never seems to be enough money for savings. Barra works for a small business with only five employees and his employer doesn’t offer a 401K or other retirement savings plan that deducts money directly from his paycheck — the most effective way to save. “This puts my family and, ultimately, myself at a …

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— The AARP Community Challenge “quick-action” grant program, which is now accepting applications for 2018, is designed to spark change and improve the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide. We know that great communities take a long time to build and sustain. But we also believe that quick actions can be the catalyst for long-term progress. These grants provide localities and nonprofits the chance to fund innovative projects that can inspire change in transportation, open spaces, …

— Check out the April AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Upcoming healthy living lunch and learns. April 16 free movie night. Details on April 21 free document shredding in Bismarck and Fargo. Locations of North Dakota Tax-Aide sites for those who need helping filing 2017 income taxes. The launch of a year-long healthy living program in Bismarck-Mandan. Information on what makes a community more livable and a grant program to help communities to become great places for all ages. Monthly legislative …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to the Spring 2018 Edition of the AARP Maine E-Newsletter! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news from around the Pine Tree state, hoping to highlight the issues of most interest to you and your family. Do you love politics and the political process? You may be one of the dozens of activists and volunteers who joined us during the legislative session …