— Want to do something good and be rewarded with a beer on us? AARP is partnering with local food shelves and local breweries to make a difference. For the price of a food donation AARP will buy you a beer and set you up with a brewery tour. AARP MN Volunteers will be on-hand to engage with you and thank you for coming out, answer any questions you may have about AARP in the Twin Cities and the work we …

— Select AARP members are invited to a free screening of MOLLY’S GAME starring Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba and Kevin Costner on Monday April 16th. Written and directed by AARP Movies for Grownups Award-Winner Aaron Sorkin! The true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes underground poker game before being arrested by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and, inadvertently, the Russian mob. Facing criminal charges, …

— By Mary Van Beusekom When attorney Julie Wingert, of Eden Prairie, left a full-time job at 56, she found it was not easy to reenter the workforce. With 20 years of experience, she was told repeatedly by firms that she wasn’t suited for their full-time positions. “I would get responses like ‘You have so much experience. You probably wouldn’t be happy here,’” she said. Wingert, now 59, took legal temp jobs while she searched for a full-time position. “I was …

— Social isolation and poverty is a big problem for seniors in our community.  Without a local network of family and friends, seniors who live alone often decline more rapidly, and face a grim holiday season with little money to spend and limited contact from others. Each year AARP partners with Twin Cities-based non-profit Gifts for Seniors to try add a little joy to the lives of these individuals by hosting a holiday gift drive. New, unwrapped gifts are being collected …

— 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 …

— AARP members, volunteers and staff will be helping out at Sheridan Story on Wednesday, December 6th.  More volunteers are needed, find out more. By Laura Ledray More than 100,000 children in the Twin Cities live in food insecurity; meaning they are not sure where their next meal will come from. This is a statistic that Rob Williams repeatedly shares when he explains the mission of The Sheridan Story. For children who are food insecure, school offers them a nutritious breakfast …

— 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 …

— AARP Minnesota represents over 65,000 people across the state, and we’re proud to make a difference in the communities you live in.  We’re passionate about helping Minnesotans build a strong financial future, providing care for the caregivers, keeping your savings safe, finding ways for you to save, and more.  We rely on volunteers to help us carry out our mission, and we’re always looking for more people to join our efforts.  As a volunteer, you can make an impact in so …