— 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!

— It started in 2002 as a poetry class in a church basement. When the majority of participants turned out to be seniors it inspired a light bulb moment for Active Minds co-founder John Henderson. Seniors, he thought, might be interested in some classes on the arts and history. To test his idea, Henderson sent flyers to 11 senior living communities. He received nine responses expressing a desire for programs on current events and Active Minds* was born. With Henderson as …

— 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 …

— As you reach retirement, it’s time to start planning who will receive the fruits of your labor by drawing up a legal document known as a last will and testament. Everything that you worked so hard for throughout the years – your property, assets, and other treasured items – needs to be accounted for when the time comes for your family to assume your estate. A last will and testament is a set of written instructions which directs a probate court …

— Are we ready to live longer? How will our cities, jobs and social structures keep up, and what might we need to change? AARP Colorado would like to inform you of a series offered by Denver Public Library, Connected & Creative Aging. The series will showcase the opportunities and the challenges to aging, including retirement, working later in life, caregiving and housing. Film Screening & Series Kick-Off: Coming of Age in Aging America Saturday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m-12 p.m. As …

— Join us on Saturdays in September for Downtown Walking Tours in collaboration with the Colorado Springs YMCA. Downtown Walking Tours* are hour-long guided tours introducing the historic landmarks, contemporary artwork, and cultural highlights of Downtown Colorado Springs. The walks are designed to be inclusive and are themed, educational, social events that can bring communities together in a healthy and fun environment. Tours will begin at the Downtown YMCA. Space is limited for each tour. Saturday, September 8, 2018 9 – …

— 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 …

— Did you know ovarian cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer? One in 72 women in Colorado will be diagnosed with invasive ovarian cancer. The most common age of diagnosis is between 55 and 64 and the majority of those diagnosed have no family history. Learn additional facts about ovarian cancer – and help the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance (COCA) to educate women (and the men who love them) – by joining thousands of runners and walkers Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Denver’s …

— At some point, we will all need someone to help us. This might be provided by family members, friends, neighbors, professional caregivers or all of the above. Some of us have many people to turn to, others, not as many. This program will help you think through future caregiving needs in an effective way.  Many wonderful online resources and other strategies will be explored including CareMaps, Lotsa Helping Hands, and Caring Bridge to identify and help you create future care …