— 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 Minnesota for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Join us on Sunday, September 9 for the 24th Annual Saint Paul Classic Bike Tour, a rolling showcase of the handsome parks and parkways of Saint Paul – from dramatic overlooks of the Mississippi River to historic neighborhoods. This beautiful ride is mostly traffic-free and welcomes all levels of bicyclists. Register online now and save $10 on two adult tickets when you enter the promo code LoveStPaul18 in the tickets popup box. Every step of the way there is music …

—       Communities across Minnesota are working each and every day to become more livable for residents of all ages. In support of that work, AARP is excited to be able to provide funding to organizations through the AARP Community Challenge Grants to help them jump start progress on ongoing work. These “quick action” grants are being distributed to 129 organizations, with at least one in every state, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico, including right here in Minnesota.   …

— St. Paul, Minneapolis and Rochester were all ranked among the top 10 most livable “medium sized” cities in the country, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index.  Among cities with populations between 100,000 – 500,000 St. Paul, Minneapolis and Rochester ranked third, fifth and sixth respectively. The index, first launched in 2015, uses more than 50 national data sources to score every neighborhood and community in the U.S. based on seven categories of livability, including housing, …

— There are more than 150 officially designated “Age-Friendly” communities nationwide.  One of them is Northfield, Minnesota.  Age-friendly or livable communities have walkable streets, housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities encourages states, cities, towns and counties to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population by paying increased attention to the environmental, economic and social factors that influence the health and well-being of older …

— By Mary Van Beusekom Suzanne Sudmeier, 64, and her husband, Richard, 72, plan to stay in their home on Lake Ida in Alexandria for as long as they can. A new program, part of concerted efforts by the community to become more age friendly, may help them do that. Ready Ride, coordinated by the Rainbow Rider bus system, consists of volunteers taking people to appointments or errands for a sliding fee. The program augments the bus system, which doesn’t operate …

— Regardless of your choice of transportation or age, how safely and easily we’re able to get from one place to another has a major effect on our quality of life.  This weekend, join AARP Minnesota for a conversation about it.  On Saturday, October 28th, we’re co-hosting a Mayoral forum on the subject of equitable and sustainable transportation. During this forum, candidates will be given an opportunity to share their vision for transportation in Minneapolis.  Participating candidates include Raymond Dehn, Al …

— Sometime this fall, let AARP Minnesota treat you to a beer and some fun.  We’re partnering with local breweries for several AARP On Tap events, and we’d like you to join us.  These events are great opportunities for those who want to meet and connect with other members, learn more about AARP, or simply enjoy a free brewery tour.  Make sure to bring a non-perishable food donation, and we’ll buy you a beer in exchange.  We need your help fighting …

— August 30, 2017 Samuel A. Di Piazza Jr. Chair, Board of Trustees Dr. John Noseworthy CEO and President Mr. Jeff Bolton, CAO and Vice President Mayo Clinic 200 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905 Dear Chairman Di Piazza, Dr. Noseworthy, and Mr. Bolton: As a leading voice for the 50+ population, AARP Minnesota & AARP Iowa are writing to express serious concerns with Mayo Clinic’s decision to restructure and reduce hospital services in Albert Lea, MN, including the elimination of …

— Fall is just around the corner, and so is this year’s St. Paul Classic Bike Tour.  On September 10th, thousands of people will ride their bikes in the streets of St. Paul, enjoying music and convenient rest stops along the way.  This ride is a showcase for the pleasant scenery throughout St. Paul, including views of historic neighborhoods and dramatic overlooks of the Mississippi River.  The tour appeals to many who dislike biking in traffic, and draws in solo riders, …

— This fall, boomers who are looking for meaning and direction, or are interested in exploring encores, have several new options–right here in the Twin Cities. See below to learn more about these programs, and how to apply. University of Minnesota Advanced Careers (UMAC) initiative UMAC brings boomers to campus for a period of self-reflection and learning as they figure out the next stage of their lives. This two semester fellowship experience is an innovative pathway to transition from career jobs into …