— 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!

— Voters age 50 and older were the deciding factor in last year’s midterm elections, according to the National Election Pool Exit Poll results. The findings confirmed that 50-plus voters made up the majority of voters 64% in Minnesota, and Candidates who ignored older voters, Minnesota’s most powerful voting group, paid a price on Election Day. Older voters held candidates accountable for not finding common ground on the issues that matter to them and their families. What they care about here …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible. Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote is …

— Around the state Minnesotan’s are talking with candidates about challenging issues. Critical issues like retirement security and protecting vulnerable seniors.  These issues are on the line for Minnesotans this mid-term election. While we might not always agree about what’s most important or the best solution, we do know that policy discussions and the decisions that come out of them impact all of us in different ways. That’s why AARP is proud to partner with Twin Cities Public Television on the …

— In response to a new series of digital advertising released in Minnesota by the House Majority PAC and DCCC, and print advertising released by the MN DFL, AARP affirms it did not authorize or participate in the production or release of the ads now appearing in the state. “As the mid-term elections approach, AARP is vigilantly monitoring any misuse of its name or logo in any political advertising. AARP did not authorize or participate in the production and release of …

— By Mary Van Beusekom On Nov. 6, Minnesotans will find a packed ballot with choices for governor, lieutenant governor, both U.S. senators, all eight U.S. House members, all 134 state House members, and various judicial and local officials. In the governor’s race, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz (DFL), 54, is facing Republican Jeff Johnson, 51, a Hennepin County commissioner. To help ensure that the winners address key issues facing older residents, AARP Minnesota urges voters to review the candidates’ stances carefully. …

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—   In 2018, many important elections will be held in Minnesota. Where do the candidates for Governor and MN House of Representatives stand on important issues to 50+ voters? Be the difference in this critical election. Learn more about why this one is so important here. How to vote There are resources to help you register to vote. Register here. Think you’re already registered to vote? Find out for sure here. If you can’t make it out to the polls, …

—   Today, in Minnesota, 912,831 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare.   Before President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 53 years ago this month, fewer than 25 percent of older Americans had meaningful health insurance. Even a minor illness could propel them into bankruptcy or send them into a life of poverty.   The Guarantee for Healthcare   Today, some 60 million Americans have access to comprehensive, affordable health care. Medicare provides free health screenings, …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— By Pamela Schmid When Vikki Casey Steward signed up to be an advocate for AARP Minnesota three years ago, she had “no idea the potential for impact the role offered beyond, for example, working the booth at the State Fair.” Instead, two weeks after signing up, Steward, 62, of Eden Prairie, found herself at the state Capitol, meeting with her state senator and representative. Soon after that, she met with her U.S. representative, Republican Erik Paulsen. “He was very receptive; …