— 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 Colorado. We hope you’ll join us!

— This year’s BeaconFest Boomer & Senior Fair* will be bigger than ever. With booths from more than 100 vendors displaying senior-related products and services. BEACON Senior News’ annual mature lifestyle expo in Grand Junction has kept up with western Colorado’s growing retiree population, making it among the largest senior fairs in the state. The 19th annual boomer and senior expo takes place will be Tuesday, April 16 at Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission …

— The AARP® Purpose Prize® Award deadline is March 31. Up to five $60K winners will be announced. The focus is on people age 50-plus whose work solves social problems, improves communities and gives back.  Are you, or do you know someone, age 50 or older who is using their life experience to give back, solve problems or change lives? If so, nominate them or yourself for the AARP Purpose Prize award. Up to five winners will each receive $60,000. The AARP Purpose …

— Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘Stop Rx Greed,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Coloradans and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level. “Americans pay the highest brand-name drug prices in the world,” said Bob Murphy, AARP Colorado state director. “Congress, the administration, and importantly, our own Colorado legislators …

— Having worked in the field of hospice and palliative care for many years, I realize most people are not comfortable talking about death and dying. In fact, as a community educator, I became quite creative when advertising programs and events so as not to scare people away! We live in an age denying, death averse society. However, our reluctance to confront the reality of our mortality doesn’t serve us well. Instead, if we are able to accept the fact that …

— Please consider joining Global Dental Relief on an international volunteer trip and see the world as you have never seen it before! Do you ever find yourself wondering what it might be like to combine your fascination with traveling to far off places and a strong desire to give back to the local community?  With Global Dental Relief you can put your experience and skills to work to help children live happier healthier lives. GDR offers international volunteer opportunities for …

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— Senator Kerry Donovan, D-Vail, and Senator Brittany Pettersen, D-Lakewood, have introduced Senate Bill 173 , which would move Colorado a major step closer to addressing the state’s looming retirement crisis. This legislation would require a thorough analysis of the options we have as a state, including the creation The Colorado Secure Savings Plan. This universal, portable and automatic retirement savings plan would allow Coloradans whose employers don’t offer a retirement program to plan for the future, while simultaneously saving taxpayers money. Nearly half of Colorado workers …

— Senate Bill 19-77 is currently moving through the capitol and could increase all Xcel and Black Hills utility bills $50-$75 per year, per consumer household, to build electric vehicle charging stations in only Denver, Pueblo and Grand Junction While we support clean technology, this bill is not the answer and here is why:             There currently are 670 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations around the state.  Both Xcel and Black Hills already have the right …

— As an educator and life-long student, Jane Barton, MTS, MASM,CSA, Caregiving Ambassador AARP Colorado, believes that knowledge provides the necessary foundation from which to make the best decisions. This is certainly true within the context of the caregiving journey. Please join us to discuss the importance of a social support system to the aging process. How can we be proactive in creating and reinforcing mutually beneficial relationships? We will also explore the challenge of making difficult decisions related to complex …

— Attend AARP’s Free Webinar to Find Out How Social Security – Your Questions Answered Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 5 p.m. MT You’ve earned your Social Security retirement benefits. Make sure you get everything you’ve got coming to you by attending the first in a series of free Social Security webinars from AARP. Register for this session to get straightforward answers to questions like: When should I claim my benefits to get a larger monthly check? Will working after retirement affect …

— AARP, the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people to choose how they live as they age, today announced it has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as one of the 2019 World’s Most Ethical Companies. In 2019, 128 honorees were recognized spanning 21 countries and 50 industries. The thirteenth class of honorees illustrate how companies continue to be the driving force for improving communities, building …