— 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!

— AARP has opened applications for the 2019 AARP Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change across the country. Now in its third year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide work on Livable Communities. Grants can range from several hundred dollars for small, short-term activities to several thousand dollars for larger projects. “The AARP Community Challenge helps local leaders and organizations make immediate improvements that benefit residents of all ages. With direct support from AARP, communities …

— The Colorado Division of Insurance is hosting an online consumer forum on Jan. 31, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. The topic will be property and casualty insurance (such as homeowners, auto, renters insurance). Our consumer forums are opportunities for Coloradans to ask their questions to the insurance experts at the Division. Ahead of each forum, we also issue a short, 5-minute survey to gather people’s questions and concerns. We use this information to help set the agenda. The details for our Jan. 31 …

— By Danica Lucker John and Helene Baran split their time between Aspen, in Pitkin County, and Georgetown, Texas, to be near their children. The retirees enjoy how livable Pitkin has become, thanks in part to its participation in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly States and Communities. The county is one of eight jurisdictions to join the network, and now Colorado is launching a broader effort. In September, then-Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) announced the Lifelong Colorado initiative, making it the third …

— AARP Colorado is hosting a very important community forum in Denver on Aug. 23 and is inviting the Denver public to join the conversation. The AARP Affordable Housing Forum scheduled for Aug. 23 will be held 9 a.m.-12 p.m. at the SEIU-Justice for All Center, 2525 W. Alameda Ave. The forums are free, but reserving your seat ahead of time is required. The deadline to reserve your seat is Aug. 22. A complimentary breakfast will be provided for those who are …

— Do you remember playing croquet in your backyard as a child on those long summer evenings? The Jiminy Wicket® Foundation’s award winning Through Hoops to Hope® service/learning program* trains and equips high-school students to play croquet indoors with the residents of a local senior care community. Every two weeks, seniors go to the school for a safe, weatherproof and playful outing. In the fall of 2017, 10 agents from New York Life volunteered to help run this program for the …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Within 12 years, it’s likely that 1 in 5 Coloradans will be 65 or older. Wade Buchanan says the aging trend will have a positive impact on the state, but he doesn’t discount the challenges, either. In January, Buchanan was appointed the state’s senior adviser on aging, a new position in Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office. His task: coordinate policies that affect older residents and work with state and local governments, foundations, health care providers and others …

— Need to borrow a wheelchair, walker, toilet riser, or bath bench? No longer need that transport chair, bed cane, or knee cruiser? If so, South Metro Medical Equipment Loan Closet (SMMELC)* may have the answer you’ve been seeking. SMMELC is a nonprofit whose purpose is to provide used durable medical equipment for a donation to the organization, to anyone age 18 and over who is in need. Loans are short term for up to three months in length to any …

— When it comes to aging-related concerns, older LGBT adults worry most about having adequate family and other social support to rely on as they age, discrimination in long-term care (LTC) facilities, and access to LGBT-sensitive services for seniors, according to a new AARP survey. Black and Latino LGBT adults report the greatest concern about future family and social supports, and greater worry about potential abuse in LTC facilities because of their race/ethnicity and sexual orientation/gender identity. The survey, “Maintaining Dignity: …

— The idea of “Wise Elder” suddenly occurred to me. While standing at the counter at a full service car wash, I observed the discounts available. “Are you:  Military, Student, or a Wise Elder?” Typically, I avoided the senior, senior citizen, or above X age options in so many other places.  However, this time I swallowed and even said out loud, “I am a wise elder” to the young person behind the counter!  It was the first time, at ‘my age’, …

— Sunshine Home Share Colorado (Sunshine) is a nonprofit that uses geriatric social workers to safely and thoughtfully bring together seniors with available space in their homes and others needing an affordable place to live. This program tackles the affordable housing shortage currently facing the Denver metro area, while helping seniors receive the supportive services they need. Denver is in a housing crisis. There is a shortage of over 22,000 affordable units and more than 55,000 seniors 65 and older living in single family residences in Denver County, …