— 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 Retired factory workers Claude and Melissa Foley, together 30 years, were never “super athletic,” said Melissa, 52. “But we try to keep moving because we know what happens if you don’t.” Claude, 62, said that seeing his sedentary grandmother’s health decline made him want to stay active, even though he’s disabled after years of making soles for shoes and fiberglass bathtubs. “My arms don’t work very well, but my legs do,” said Claude, who goes for a …

— By Miriam Davidson Marquetta White knew that her 91-year-old father, who cares for her 87-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, could benefit from a support group. But the retired state employee and social worker had trouble convincing him. “He’d tell me, ‘I don’t need to go cry on someone’s shoulder,’ ” said White, 66, of Mesa. “Then a funny thing happened: He went, and he loved it. “Now, he still won’t listen to me, but he listens to the people in …

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—   Recognize a stellar volunteer in your community. The AARP Arizona State Office is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is June 2. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your online nomination. Thank you for submitting an online nomination. More About the Andrus Award …

— Meet Jan Lindsey for brunch on Tuesday, April 11, and you can help advocate for stronger policies for older Arizonans. Lindsey and other volunteers and experts will host some of the 90 state legislators at AARP’s annual nonpartisan lobbying event at 10:30 a.m. on the Capitol lawn. Lindsey, 70, of Fountain Hills, is a retired public school teacher and administrator who chairs the AARP Advocacy Steering Committee for Arizona. The brunch will include AARP staff and representatives of Gov. Doug …

— Acompaña a Jan Lindsey en un “brunch” (desayuno-almuerzo) el martes 11 de abril y entérate de cómo puedes ayudar en la lucha por políticas más favorables para los adultos mayores de Arizona. Lindsey, y otros voluntarios y expertos, compartirán con algunos de los 90 legisladores estatales en el evento anual de cabildeo no partidario de AARP a las 10:30 a.m. en los jardines del Capitolio. Lindsey, de 70 años, de Fountain Hills, es una maestra y administradora jubilada de escuela …

— By Miriam Davidson Bonnie Jackson, an AARP community educator, remembered the time she gave her “best ever” presentation at the Coolidge Public Library. Turnout was low, but she was not discouraged. “There were six people, all female,” recalled Jackson, 68, a retired junior high school teacher from Peoria. She gave a talk on the AARP Foundation Finances 50+ program, about ways to manage personal finances. “We had a wonderful discussion,” she said. “Halfway through the two-hour session, I asked if …

— AARP Arizona’s Community Educators Program currently offers a series of free presentations on Medicare, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act, Finances 50+, and Fraud Prevention. Presentations on these issues are offered upon request by trained AARP volunteers for small groups and organizations, at conferences, and also at special events and workshops. Below is a list of the presentations available through the Arizona AARP Community Educators Program: MEDICARE: The ABCDs of Medicare Did you know Medicare comes in either Traditional Medicare …

— AARP Arizona’s Community Educators Program is recruiting volunteers who would like to present on a variety of topics to the general public and at special events. “Our AARP Arizona Community Educators Program volunteers are very passionate about presenting information on fraud prevention, retirement security, Medicare and Social Security to people in communities across our state,” said David Parra, Associate State Director for AARP Arizona. “But more volunteer presenters are needed for our program.” Parra adds that AARP Arizona staff providing …

—   By Ford Burkhart On most days, Jim Graff finds joy in doing tax returns as one of 1,200 volunteers with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Arizona. But, he noted, “Some of the information is very sad.” For example, evidence of identity theft may show up when a return is filed. The IRS refers taxpayers with such problems to volunteers like Graff, an old hand at the tax return game. He retired after 30 years as a field auditor …

— AARP Experience Corps is recruiting volunteers who are interested in tutoring first, second and third graders in the Tempe Elementary Schools. AARP Experience Corps is a literacy skills tutoring program designed to provide support to struggling students in the area of reading. “We’re recruiting volunteers who are 50 plus years of age and interested in helping kids with their reading,” said Rebecca Bond, Program Director for AARP Experience Corps. AARP Experience Corps volunteers are asked to commit for an entire …