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— During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, AARP is celebrating unsung heroes. AARP proudly announces a call for nominations for its 3rd annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Hero Awards to acknowledge the extraordinary staff and volunteers of nonprofit organizations that serve AAPIs age 50-plus. AARP is seeking nominees who are important contributors to their organizations, who make a difference and whose stories inspire others to do more in their communities. Nominations may be submitted now until May 31. “We are proud …

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— The annual Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. It recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s purpose, vision, and commitment to volunteer service, and that inspire others to volunteer. Only one volunteer per state (or couple performing service together) can receive the Award. The nomination deadline is June 1, 2018. For more information, go to AARP.org/Andrus Good luck!

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— Atlanta native Mrs. Dorothy Spencer-Amey is a perfect example of #DisruptAging. At 89 years young, she has had a full life with plans of a full future. From AARP president to civil rights activist, Mrs. Spencer-Amey continues to be an embodiment of “To serve, not to be served,” the mantra of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Born in 1934, Mrs. Spencer-Amey is our longest standing chapter president. She is the mother of three, and has three grandchildren. She and …

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— Our Baldwin County Chapter had a great meeting on hospice care with Serenity Hospice Care in Milledgeville, Ga. The Baldwin Bulletin highlighted the dedication of the chapter members, in addition to their passion for local missions and each other. Click here for the full article. Chapter 5387 has taken a seat at the table to discuss hospice care and disrupt the misconceptions surrounding it. Thank you for shedding light on this topic. For more information about AARP caregiving resources, please click …

— If you’re in the Macon, Ga., area March 16-28, please come and volunteer with AARP Georgia during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival! During this festival, AARP Georgia volunteers and staff engage thousands of attendees who have come to Middle Georgia to enjoy the sights and sounds and utter beauty of the cherry blossoms! This year, volunteers will participate in several events such as the parade with veterans, a day of recognizing first responders, and celebrating with the Queens and Princesses …

— By Drew Jubera Three years ago, Kay Argroves, a nurse anesthetist, read a story about advocacy volunteers for AARP Georgia. It intrigued her. Argroves had always been interested in the political process, and this looked like a way to become more involved. “I vote every chance I get,” said the Madison resident. “But voting can only go so far.” So Argroves contacted the AARP state office, attended training for volunteers and found herself under the Gold Dome, navigating a maze …

— Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter presented Ms. Annie Moore with the Family Caregiver of the Year Award during the 30th Anniversary Summit for the Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving in Americus, Ga. AARP Georgia Executive Council member Myrtle Habersham served as one of the speakers at the summit and addressed the topic of “Support Services to Caregivers in their Local Communities.” The Rosalynn Carter Institute is a national conference that was held on the campus of Georgia Southwestern University. After three decades, …

— The Profile of Positive Aging Awards Gala Luncheon celebrates the accomplishments of active and older individuals who continue to live life to the fullest. Three organizations, Leading Age Georgia, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Center for Positive Aging, created this event, which is intended to “unveil the beautiful truths about aging.” AARP Georgia volunteer LaVerne Gaither was an honoree at this year’s ceremony  held at the Atlanta History Center where the event paid tribute to “Elders who have …

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— Purpose Prize Winner Mike Weaver, founder of Weaver & Concerned Citizens of Aiken/Atlanta Now (WeCCAAN), Atlanta, Ga., is a former college professor who teaches the value of public service by bringing teens and adults together for service-learning trips to communities in need. From cleaning vacant lots to creating community gardens, Weaver and Concerned Citizens of Aiken/Atlanta Now is making a difference in the lives and futures of its participants as well as the recipients of their volunteerism. Weaver is also …