— 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 Arkansas for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Talks and Workshops with AARP   Upcoming in April with Central Arkansas Library System: April 17th : Brain Health at Fletcher Library; 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. April 29th : Fraud Basics at Williams Library; 5:00 pm. – 6:00 p.m. The workshops are FREE and open to anyone. You do not have to be an AARP member to attend. AARP Arkansas has volunteers ready to present a variety of topics to community organizations, civic groups and churches.   AARP wants …

— AARP Arkansas offers many resources for older adults, including career networking, advocacy for family caregivers and programs to avoid fraud and identity theft. The state office is seeking communications volunteers to help get the word out. Tasks include monitoring the AARP Arkansas Facebook page, sharing information about events and policies on social media, helping get press releases into local media and supporting the AARP advocacy team during state legislative sessions. Arkansas is aging, with more than a fifth of its …

— AARP Arkansas Speakers Bureau has volunteers ready to present a variety of topics to community organizations, civic groups and churches. AARP wants to provide Arkansans with valuable information on topics of importance to older people and their families. This free service is presented by skilled volunteers who will travel throughout the state. Our speakers can talk to community organizations, businesses and schools, and participate at community events. Topics: •    10 Retirement Planning Tips •    Prepare to Care – Introduction to …

— AARP Arkansas has planned lots of activities for members lately, and the fun continues this summer. As part of AARP Movies for Grownups, the state office recently offered free screenings of Black Panther and Murder on the Orient Express. Arkansas members also enjoyed discount admission to a live performance of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. In addition, AARP Arkansas offers free shredding events to help members guard against fraud, free Lunch & Learn events about legislative issues, and Free Coffee …

— Now through April 17th, AARP Foundation is providing free tax assistance and preparation through its Tax-Aide program.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and …

— Americans overwhelmingly want to age at home. But that can be difficult for those who need help with tasks such as bathing and preparing meals. A state scorecard issued by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation shows Arkansas has a long way to go, ranking 41st nationally in meeting the needs of older residents and those with disabilities. The state does better in support for family caregivers (ranking 26th), but AARP advocates say more needs to be done. Arkansas …

— AARP Community Challenge Takes Quick Action in Arkansas AARP Funds Quick Action Community Project in Arkansas to Make Communities More Livable LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —AARP Arkansas today announced the state winner for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning project is Sources for Community Independent Living Services. The project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, …

— For many Arkansans, back-to-school season is a distant memory. But that doesn’t mean we should ever stop seeking knowledge. AARP Arkansas and LifeQuest of Arkansas both promote the value of life-long learning. A 2015 AARP survey found that three-quarters of adults age 40+ are concerned about their brain health declining in the future. One way to avoid this decline is to challenge or strengthen your brain. That could mean reading about something new, learning a different language or simply engaging …

— Energy bills can be confusing for consumers, especially in places where utility service areas cross state lines. And increasing utility costs can be tough for Arkansans living on fixed incomes. The Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) is holding hearings this month on a natural gas rate increase proposed by Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E), which has 60,000 customers in western Arkansas. AARP monitors rate proposals and fights for affordable utilities. AARP Arkansas, which encouraged members to help rein in previous …

— Staying healthy and well nourished—what could be more important? AARP Arkansas is urging lawmakers to support those priorities by expanding health insurance and addressing hunger among older residents. The state office is pushing to sustain Arkansas Works, a program that uses federal funds to help low-income people buy health insurance on the private market. The state’s uninsured rate has dropped dramatically since the program began, but hundreds of thousands of Arkansans will lose their coverage on July 1 if Arkansas …