— 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!

— By Pamela Schmid Elizabeth Hughes Hitomi points to the Big Lake couple she helped last year as a case study of Minnesotans who have no inkling that they may qualify for a property-tax refund. The parents of two young children had been preparing their taxes for years before dropping by an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide site for free help. “We don’t qualify for anything there,” Hitomi recalled them saying when asked if they had their property-tax bill. The Tax-Aide volunteer crunched …

— This spring, AARP is again partnering with Pollen Midwest, an online community-building platform, to solicit nominations for the Minnesota 50 Over 50 list. AARP and Pollen are compiling a list of 50 nominated state residents over age 50 who are making a positive difference in their communities. A committee will select honorees making an impact in five areas: nonprofit/academia, arts/culture, volunteering, strengthening communities and business. To nominate someone in your community, go to 50over50mn .org before May 13. The committee …

—   AARP Minnesota offers opportunities that allow you to volunteer in your own community. Members and friends are working with us statewide to make our communities more livable for people of all ages, improve health care quality, and protect consumers from fraud and scams. As an AARP MN Volunteer, you can: Use your skills and experience in a meaningful way Enjoy flexible time commitments Volunteer from home and in your community Meet new people and create connections Be in the …

— Calling all seniors interested in unique job or volunteer opportunities. Check them out and find meaningful work all across Minnesota. Twin Cities Minnesota Children’s Museum Do you like working with kids, being in a bright and inspiring environment, or variety in your day to day tasks? Then the Minnesota Children’s Museum is for you! Choose from a variety of jobs, volunteer opportunities, and internships. Employment opportunities Whether you want to interact and teach kids or work with other adults to facilitate …

— As the year begins, AARP Minnesota is seeking advocacy volunteers to help bring the voices of older Minnesotans to St. Paul in order to provide their perspective on important issues such as elder abuse, prescription drug costs and support for family caregivers. With newly elected lawmakers taking office Jan. 8, there is much work to be done. AARP volunteer advocates meet with legislators in their communities and at the capitol. They also attend hearings, town-hall forums and other events focused …

— By Audrey Suker, CEO of ServeMinnesota It should be no surprise to anyone reading this article: Older Minnesotans are an important key to solving some of the most pervasive social issues. As the CEO of ServeMinnesota, the organization responsible for investing AmeriCorps resources in ways that help solve unsolved problems, I can say with certainty that our booming older population is in the perfect position to serve fellow Minnesotans in a variety of ways. And we need you now more …

— By Celina Grimes Drawn to the welcoming theater scene in Minneapolis, Alison Edwards is reshaping the perceptions of older women in theater one play at a time. Co-founding PRIME Productions, a theater company with Elena Giannetti and Shelli Place, these ladies were tired of the stereotyped roles written about women over the age of 50. Having passion and knowledge on the theater industry and drive to change the scene, these three women are making women’s voices within the Twin Cities …

— By Mary Van Beusekom To raise the profile of issues important to Minnesotans age 50-plus, AARP is encouraging older voters to study candidates’ stances and to cast ballots in this year’s high-stakes elections. “It is very important to us to make sure our issues are being focused on and that candidates are providing relevant information to 50-plus voters,” said Seth Boffeli, AARP Minnesota communications director. “The candidates need to reach out to these voters, motivate them to vote and say …

— By Celina Grimes Born and raised in Saint Paul Minnesota, Catherine M. (Kay) Wilhelmy Bauer has many stories to tell about her experiences as an educator, recruiter, and Veteran. Kay is actively serving her community as sister and companion after serving 35 years in the Navy. She is involved in the Women’s Veteran Initiative, VFW, and Reserves Officers Association and she also founded the Minnesota Chapter of the Navy Nurse Corps Association. Her dedication to helping Veterans and active military …

— AARP Minnesota offers presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics, such as fraud and scam prevention, helpful conversations about caring for sick loved ones, modifying your home to make it comfortable and safe, as well as general information about our mission and organizational initiatives. Keep AARP in mind when you’re planning programs for community organizations and faith-based groups. Our presentations and workshops provide useful tools and actionable information to help Minnesotan’s 50+ live their best lives. The presentations are typically between 30-60 minutes …