— Tuesday, January 30 – February 2, 2018:  Winter in the City Tour Meet up time 3:00 P.M. History Colorado 1200 Broadway Denver, CO  80203 When winter’s white reaches our doors, many of us head for the mountains. How about enjoying the delights of the season right here in town? Join the History Colorado Center for the Winter in the City Tour, which includes three nights’ lodging at the Brown Palace, Oxford Hotel and Hotel Teatro, valet parking, bus transportation, guides, …

— By Danica Lucker Alan Romero never forgot the impact AARP volunteers had on his parents when they were living in McAllen, Texas, in the late 1970s. They needed help making financial decisions and had nowhere to turn. “Living in what was then a small town and a Latino community in South Texas, they didn’t have any qualified resources to help them,” Romero explained. “AARP was really their only resource. AARP’s services were so beneficial.” The experience inspired Romero, 50, who …

— 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’, …

— AARP Colorado named Charlene Gardner of Pueblo as its 2017 Andrus Award winner. The Andrus Award is the highest honor AARP bestows upon an outstanding volunteer each year. Gardner, who has volunteered with AARP Tax Aide since 1995, spends many hours preparing for the tax season, sometimes working six days a week. Gardner is a shining example of living up to the mission of AARP. She is willing to help everyone she can, and she is a role model for all who …

— Each volunteer is unique and valued for his or her desire to contribute to the good of the community. Together, volunteers are the face and heart of AARP. Staff is the structure but we, the volunteers, can touch the community because we are the community. We can and do make a difference — from movies for grownups through tax aide to the AARP drivers’ programs and all the programs and efforts that volunteers take into their communities. And, my favorite, legislative advocacy, …

— Greg Glischinski doesn’t shy away from controversy. In fact, he is known as an ardent supporter, if not a rip-off-his-blazer defender of AARP. In a stuffy, crowded legislative committee room in 2015, a woman walked by Glischinski, a long-time AARP Colorado advocacy volunteer, and sneered at his AARP name tag, making a snarky comment under her breath. “She didn’t know who she was messing with,” said Kelli Fritts, AARP Colorado advocacy director. Greg said, “Excuse me, what did you say?” To …

— By Danica Lucker Shirley Leow’s experience as a former pharmaceutical researcher and biotech executive comes in handy when she advocates before the state General Assembly for affordable health care and keeping rural hospitals alive. “I earned a decent living, which provided for my retirement, but that’s not the case for many people,” Leow said. “I have many female friends, for example, who are widows and are struggling. That’s why I got involved with AARP.” Leow, 65, of Lakewood, leads AARP …

— The American Red Cross is seeking people to volunteer their time and help save lives at the Sound the Alarm home fire safety and smoke alarm installation events beginning September 23 through October 14. Most events are Saturday morning from 8:30-12:30, there are 19 different events across Colorado. Sound the Alarm in Colorado is part of the nationwide Red Cross effort to help reduce the number of deaths and injuries from home fires. By volunteering with the Red Cross, you …

—   AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need …

— Do Good… Feel Good. The many benefits of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. Research has proven time and again that volunteering provides a wide range of mental and physical health benefits. Mental stimulation, social engagement, and staying active are just a few of the benefits volunteers gain. Longtime Habitat for Humanity volunteer, Harry Pierce, understands the personal benefits of volunteering very well. He became a regular construction volunteer with Habitat 11 years ago upon his retirement. “Volunteering makes me feel …

— By Phil Nash, Executive Director The baby boom generation is rewriting the script for aging. Every day, ten thousand of us turn 65. But then what? More than ever, people of so-called “retirement age” are choosing to keep on working, keep on learning, and keep on finding ways to help their communities. Boomers Leading Change started with a big idea: older adults are healthier, better educated and have greater depth and breadth of work experience than previous generations. We are …