— 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!

— 50 Over 50 AARP Minnesota and Pollen Midwest have announced the third annual list of 50 Over 50 honorees, celebrating people 50 and older who are having an impact in their communities. The 2018 winners include actors, several Native American women who are working to preserve their culture, the host of a dementia-related podcast, a man who teaches yoga to people with disabilities, a crusading environmental lawyer, a couple who founded a statewide nonprofit news organization and the founder of …

— By Celina Grimes Phil Johnson has big plans with an international movement that’s starting to make waves in the United States to combat senior isolation. The US Men’s Shed Association was founded by three passionate men wanting to deliver a solution to a common issue that older men and women face – how to avoid social isolation and loneliness, while becoming connected to their community after they retire. The US Men’s Shed Association is relativity new. It’s a sister organization …

— 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 …

—       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.   …

— Join AARP Twin Cities for a special screening of Back to the Future. See this time travelling classic in a way you never have before, outdoors under the stars! Sit in the stands or bring a blanket and watch from the outfield. Concession stands open for refreshments. No chairs allowed. The movie is free of charge and open to the public.  Sign up today! Wednesday, August 1, 2018  CHS Field, 360 Broadway, St. Paul Gates open at 5:30 p.m. | Movie …

— By Pamela Schmid Ray Murray, an AARP volunteer, figures he has driven a million and a half miles during his decades-long career selling claims processing solutions to insurance companies. He’s grateful that two close calls on the road ended with little more than “horns honking, tires squealing and universal hand signals passed back and forth.” Both of those near crashes happened, Murray said, when he was “not paying attention, overtook slower traffic, made a move into the fast lane and …

— 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 …