— 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!

— Join AARP Colorado at the 37th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival, July 20-21, 2019, at Hideaway Park in Winter Park, Colorado. Meet AARP staff, volunteers and other members at the AARP table and hear what AARP is doing in your community. AARP members and their guests receive a $10 discount for general admission and VIP tickets through June 30. Tickets can be purchased by calling 866-461-6556 or purchase tickets online. Use promo code New50. Any information you provide to the …

— Greetings one and all… It’s hard to believe that I am writing the final blog posting for 2018. Where did the year go? Looking over my shoulder and reflecting on the past 12 months, the images of my annual activities attest to the fact that I traveled far and wide, met countless people, and enjoyed an abundance of good work. Considering the holiday season, I am inclined to view the past year as a gift. Granted, the gift came with …

— Loss. Probably not your favorite topic of discussion. However, loss is an inherent part of the lived experience. And loss is seemingly magnified and multiplied when confronted by a chronic, progressive, and/or terminal illness. It is important to recognize what we have to lose. By so doing, we can intentionally grieve, mourn, and integrate loss into our lives. In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On SoundCloud.com or using the SoundCloud mobile …

— Sign Up for Our Free Webinar on Avoiding Seasonal Fraud Seasons Cheatings: Protecting Yourself from Holiday Frauds & Scams Part 1: Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 5 p.m. MT Part 2: Thursday, December 13, 2018, 5 p.m. MT The holidays are coming—and so are the holiday scammers. Keep your money out of their hands by attending AARP’s free, two-part online question and answer event. You’ll learn how these criminals work, so you can protect you and yours from the sneakiest frauds …

— A new AARP poll on dementia care takes a closer look at the experiences of family caregivers for those with dementia and found more than half say their social life has suffered and nearly 45 percent say they feel alone. In addition, they are more likely to grow further apart from the ones they care for and other family members because of their care giving responsibilities. Both social isolation and loneliness are linked to poorer physical and mental health outcomes. …

— Dear Friends: This week, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. Many of us will be busy cooking or making other arrangements for this special Holiday.  It is a “time out” to appreciate our forefathers who founded this wonderful Country. For many of us who ‘live’ with cancer, it is an opportunity to be thankful for a loved one who is still battling and surviving cancer. For some it may be the first Holiday season since a loved one was diagnosed with …

— Gayle Novak entered her first-ever pageant in May and was crowned Ms. Colorado Senior. She entered her second pageant in October and was crowned Ms. Senior America in Atlantic City, N.J. on October 18. “There is no third pageant,” said Novak, who competed with 38 other contestants 60 and older in the categories of interview, evening gown, philosophy of life and talent. As she did in the Colorado competition, Novak wowed the audience and the judges with her dynamic performance …

— New research released today from the Association of Young Americans  (AYA) and AARP show student loan debt preventing Americans across three generations from saving for retirement or buying a home. As many students begin their academic year, nearly half of those with student loan debt say they owe more than $30,000. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, borrowers have over $1.4 trillion in student loan debt. The new research specifically shows that of those who have student …

— Join AARP and Su Teatro* for an exciting presentation for the whole family this holiday season in Denver. Joaquin’s Christmas, written and directed by Su Teatro playwright and composer Anthony J. Garcia,  is about a 7-year-old boy who wants a new bike for Christmas, but in this 1950’s steel town, his father is on strike from his job, and money is tight. Can a talking dog and a magical Abuela save Christmas? Find out during this 2 p.m. Sunday Dec. 9 matinee showing at Su Teatro — Denver …

— Greetings one and all… This week I have spent considerable time thinking about endings. In particular, the end of life. I know this is probably not the topic you want to chat about today (or any other day), right? I get it. Talking about the end of life can be frightening, emotional, and down right uncomfortable. But it is also necessary if our wishes are to equal our reality at the end of life. This is the message I delivered …