— AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Mississippi Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Mississippians who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Mississippi is excited to shine a light on 50+ Mississippians who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said AARP Mississippi State Director Kimberly L. Campbell, Esq. Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Mississippi based on …

— Alzheimer’s Association presents Let’s Wash Up! The 2nd annual Prince William Area Dementia Caregivers Symposium Saturday, June 9, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. James J. McCoart Administration Building 1 County Complex Court, Woodbridge, VA 22192 People with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias slowly become less able to take care of themselves. Bathing is often the most difficult personal care activity that caregivers face. It’s normal to feel some frustration when best efforts to help are not working. Join AARP …

— The New Mexico Conference on Aging seeks nominations for its Aging and Community Service Awards to be given out during the 40th Annual Conference on Aging, scheduled August 21 and 22, at the Isleta Hotel and Casino. The deadline for all nominations is June 1, 2018. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions to benefit our state, local communities, and older New Mexicans.     Categories and Criteria: Rose Wood Outstanding Older Adult Award Nominees: …

—       AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Kansas Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Kansans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. The award is named after AARP founder, Ethel Percy Andrus. “AARP Kansas is excited to shine a light on Kansans who are 50 and older and are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said …

— Movies, health tips, social activities, advocacy updates. All of these benefits and more are available for free—but you have to ask. AARP Delaware invites members and potential members to sign up for email alerts to take advantage of AARP’s Real Possibilities. In recent months, the state office has offered a screening of the film Beatriz at Dinner, seminars on healthy eating, walking groups and a tapas lounge reception, where attendees learned about AARP’s efforts to fight fraud, support caregivers and …

— The Magnolia State is home to nearly 200,000 veterans, and AARP Mississippi is committed to providing support for them. That’s why the state office is hosting a series of veterans town halls, starting Friday, June 8, in Vicksburg. Topics include tapping into available benefits, finding resources for family caregivers, and avoiding scams and identity theft. The town hall will be 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Lady Luck Casino Arena, 1380 Warrenton Road. The free event includes lunch, and registration is …

Hurricane preparedness tips

— Hurricanes can be devastating, and those who live alone or need help with tasks of daily living are particularly vulnerable. In the wake of Hurricane Maria, AARP Puerto Rico has focused almost exclusively on storm relief, especially for older residents. The AARP Foundation raised funds for disaster relief, and the AARP state office launched the Juntos Es Posible (Together It Is Possible) Tour, an effort to help older people ravaged by the storm. AARP staff and volunteers set up a …

— Road safety involves more than repairing potholes. It’s about designing safe, accessible streets to accommodate all kinds of travelers—pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and people with disabilities, as well as motorists. AARP Louisiana is being recognized for its Complete Streets work in East Baton Rouge Parish. The Baton Rouge Sustainable Transportation Action Committee, a joint initiative between AARP Louisiana and the nonprofit Center for Planning Excellence, is promoting its pilot program as a model for other communities. The Complete Streets movement …

— Montana’s Women 4 Wellness health fair, a much-anticipated annual event, is offering more than 30 free screenings this year for conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Many participants in previous years said they came for screenings they otherwise could not afford. The fair is Thursday, May 24, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in the Joe McDonald Health & Fitness Center at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo. Sponsored by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, AARP Montana and …

— By Holly Fisher When the “Picturing Nam” exhibit comes to Greenville in June, Hank Povinelli, 70, will scan the photos for his own young face. He was a U.S. Army staff sergeant in the 1st Aviation Brigade, stationed in Vietnam in 1969. He was just 21 when he returned home. Povinelli recalled how he and his fellow Vietnam veterans kept quiet about their time at war, silently burying that part of their military service. “No one wanted to talk to …