— 2018 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards Nominations for our 2018 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards are now open! Know someone in your faith community who is an unsung hero? Someone who’s always helping out? AARP Kentucky wants to honor them at the 2nd Annual Real Possibilities Faith Awards. Nominations open from April 1 to May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Nominate that special volunteer from your organization online for the AARP Real Possibilities Faith Award, today: http://spr.ly/6188DZI0G. Each nominee will …

— A 4-H team of middle-schoolers who call themselves the Golden Girls took home AARP Kentucky’s Age-Friendly City Award in a statewide Future City Competition. The contest challenged students to imagine, research, design and build cities of the future. The winning team—Madie Alderdice, Kayla Aldridge, Lexie Mathis, Jenna Shupe and Connor Thomas, all of Graves County—envisioned a city with organic gardens, preservative-free foods, a ban on toxins, registered dieticians helping residents plan healthy meals; an enjoyable fitness program; houses built with …

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— The AARP Community Challenge “quick-action” grant program, which is now accepting applications for 2018, is designed to spark change and improve the quality of life for people of all ages in communities nationwide. We know that great communities take a long time to build and sustain. But we also believe that quick actions can be the catalyst for long-term progress. These grants provide localities and nonprofits the chance to fund innovative projects that can inspire change in transportation, open spaces, …

— Are you looking for a rewarding volunteer opportunity in the Bluegrass? AARP Kentucky with United Way of the Bluegrass is looking for volunteers ages 55-plus to share their time and experience with a Central Kentucky student. As a volunteer for United Way, you’ll help students in the Lexington area succeed. We are pairing volunteers with schools and afterschool programs in Anderson, Clark, Fayette, Scott, and Woodford counties. Volunteers spend time tutoring and mentoring students in need of a little extra …

— With the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon, Saturday, April 28, is likely to be the largest day of road racing in Kentucky. Runners from all 50 states and several foreign countries will complete the scenic 26.2- and 13.1-mile courses, which share start and finish lines. Large, enthusiastic crowds will line the sidewalks along the route, which passes through the historic Churchill Downs race course. AARP Kentucky is cosponsoring the Race Expo on Thursday and Friday, April 26-27. Members can …

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— Middle-school students Madie Alderdice, Kayla Aldridge, Lexie Mathis, Jenna Shupe, and Connor Thomas, otherwise known as the “Golden Girls” from Graves County, KY took home AARP Kentucky’s Age Friendly City Award at the 2017-2018 Future City Competition. The Future City Competition starts with a question—how can we make the world a better place?  To answer it, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future that showcase their solution to a citywide sustainability issue. The …

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— Lace up your tennis shoes and get to know AARP Kentucky volunteers and staff on Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon Expo. Pick up your race packet at the expo, then come by the AARP table to chat with us and learn what we’re doing in your community.  Be sure to check out your virtual race bag for a sweet treat from AARP. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon is …

— Kentucky is home to more than 300,000 veterans, and nearly 3 out of 4 are 50-plus. AARP Kentucky is committed to supporting the needs of veterans of all generations and helping them through the transitions they face in civilian life. “Veterans and their families, especially those who served in the Vietnam era, often feel forgotten,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP state president. “They value our efforts to bring focus to their service and sacrifice.” In 2017, AARP Kentucky cosponsored the World …

— Mayor Jim Gray and Monica Conrad, Lexington Parks & Recreation Director, joined with local residents and AARP Kentucky to unveil the completed project in Idle Hour Park. Lexington was one of two recipients of an AARP Community Challenge Grant in Kentucky. Lexington Parks & Recreation was awarded the Community Challenge Grant in September, with the requirement that the project be completed by November 1st.  Quick work by the Parks & Recreation Department ensured that the Idle Hour Park project was …

— AARP challenge grants are expected to help two Kentucky cities become more livable. One grant, awarded to the Western Kentucky University Center for Gerontology, will help Bowling Green residents create a mural celebrating the city’s efforts to become increasingly age-friendly. The other, awarded to Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Parks and Recreation, will fund two projects: installation of accessible benches along the trail in Idle Hour Park; and construction of raised garden beds behind the Lexington Center, so people using wheelchairs …