— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Arizona for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— By Miriam Davidson As past president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, Frank Barrios has collected some big donations for the homeless over the years. But few were as meaningful as the contributions he once received in front of a grocery store in a low-income part of town. “There were a lot of homeless people in the area,” Barrios, 76, recalled. “Several of them dug into their pockets and put all the money they had into …

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— AARP Community Challenge Grants Are Back in 2018 Applications are currently being accepted through May 16, 2018 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 …

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— Valentines Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. The story you are about to read is the real reason this romantic celebration is so touching to so many of us. We hope you enjoy reading this letter sent by one of our members. To whom it may concern at AARP:  I am writing to tell you about my wife of 13 years, Louise Picco-Branney. This is a second marriage for both of us. I …

— By Ford Burkhart Before the sun peeks over Mingus Mountain, Ron Brinkman begins a five-mile stroll on his favorite multiuse path in northern Arizona. Neighbors young and old run by or pass him on bicycles. “The air is cool and clean, just right for morning walks,” said Brinkman, 70, a former oil company employee. As chair of AARP Yavapai Volunteers in the county that includes Prescott, Brinkman supported the effort to create the pathways in his town, Prescott Valley. It’s …

— Tempe is moving forward in its bid to become Arizona’s first “dementia friendly” city by raising awareness about cognitive decline and meeting the needs of its aging population. Tempe is one of several communities nationwide using a road map devised by the nonprofit organization Dementia Friendly America. The goal is to cultivate a culture that fosters quality of life for people with dementia by engaging the business, faith and health care communities in the effort. Community leaders are developing an …

— AARP Arizona applauds the passage by Phoenix voters of the MovePHX Public Transportation Proposition 104 in yesterday’s (Aug. 25) citywide election. By what appears to be a significant victory, Phoenix voters approved $31 billion in funding over a 35 year period to increase and improve access to public transportation, safe streets and neighborhood walkability. “AARP Arizona was an early supporter amongst a coalition of partners that supported Prop. 104 because transportation is a key issue that impacts Arizonans including low-income …

— AARP Experience Corps, a highly successful intergenerational effort, is expanding in the Phoenix area. By enlisting volunteers 50 and older as tutors, Experience Corps has made significant headway in helping children who have struggled with reading in grades K-3. “These caring, consistent adults not only improve students’ literacy skills, but also instill self-confidence,” said Rebecca Bond, the Tempe program director. Currently serving 800 children at 19 Phoenix and Tempe public schools, the program is seeking 40 more volunteers. Volunteers must …