— 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 Missouri. We hope you’ll join us!

— The race for Kansas City’s next mayor is heating up. Two candidates, Jolie Justus and Quinton Lucas, are in the running to replace Sly James as the next Mayor of Kansas City, Missouri when his term ends this year. AARP is working to ensure that the candidates address livability issues that are top of mind for Kansas City voters, including housing, transportation, and pedestrian safety. What is Livability? A livable community is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing, …

— AARP Community Challenge grants have funded two projects in the Kansas City area. The city of Raymore received $15,000 for a newly paved and stamped crosswalk on Municipal Circle that will improve safety and access, connecting nearby civic buildings. Better Block KC, a walkable neighborhoods advocacy group, was awarded $2,500 to build an enhanced crosswalk, create parking, protect bike lanes and add dedicated bus-stop lanes on Oak Street in Kansas City. The Community Challenge grants are part of AARP’s nationwide …

— By John Reinhart Across the United States, communities are redesigning themselves to be more livable for residents of all ages. One notable example in the Show-Me State is Gladstone’s Hobby Hill Park, which is undergoing a five-acre renovation so that “everybody can jump in and play at once,” said Justin Merkey, the city’s director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts. The 39-acre park in the northwest corner of Gladstone had been largely undeveloped until now, Merkey said. A dense growth …

— AARP Missouri presented the City of Gladstone with a check for $20,000 at the October 23, 2017 Gladstone City Council Meeting. This money will be allocated to the Hobby Hill Renovation project to assist in purchasing multi-generational play and fitness equipment. This partnership between Gladstone Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts aligns with AARP’s mission to help its members be healthier and more active. In making the presentation, AARP Missouri State Director Craig Eichelman said, “Cities that offer accessible amenities and …

— By Tim Poor Don Smith had never heard of jicama. Dennis Gibbons didn’t care for kale. But both men had their culinary worlds expanded through “What’s Cookin’ with AARP,” a series of free cooking classes being offered in the Springfield and Kansas City areas. “Coming from a meat-and- potatoes background, it really has opened my eyes to so many different styles of cooking,” said Smith, 68, a retired teacher and AARP community advocate who lives in Battlefield. Jicama, a root …

— Want to switch up your dinner routine? Each month, AARP and Hy-Vee host a hands-on cooking class just for you!  Are you looking to learn new cooking techniques and enjoy your creations? The monthly What’s Cookin’ with AARP classes at Hy-Vee are in full swing! These hands-on sessions are designed with you in mind. Bring your own experience in the kitchen to the table while you discover new recipes and healthy alternatives for your favorite traditional dishes. The classes are …

— Seniors Count of Greater St. Louis is a local initiative supported by a coalition of community organizations and eldercare agencies. The mission of Seniors Count is to address the quickly growing gap between the needs of seniors and available resources in our community.  Our population is rapidly aging, especially as the Baby Boomer generation reaches retirement age. Perhaps you have heard of this as the “silver tsunami”; by 2030, the number of people age 65 and older in St Louis …

— Join AARP in St. Louis and Citizens for Modern Transit as we look for ways to improve three MetroLink transit stations in the St. Louis region. Your transit station could be a place to meet up with neighbors and friends for coffee and a snack, a convenient place to grab groceries on your way home, a peaceful garden to read a book in, an active and engaging corridor that connects to your neighborhood. Help us conduct a walk audit at one …

— The Florissant City Council has approved an ordinance creating a “Complete Streets” policy to guide community leaders in designing, building and maintaining streets that are safe and accessible for all users. “We want to thank Mayor Tom Schneider and City Engineer Tim Barrett for working with AARP, Trailnet and others on this ordinance. We also appreciate the entire council signing on as co-sponsors, signaling their commitment to improve the streets of Florissant for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists,” said Sheila Holm, …

— What do you think it takes for a community to be more livable? Recently Maplewood residents and business owners along with city officials took part in an AARP Active Living Workshop which included AARP volunteers. The purpose of the workshop was to share with attendees what makes a more walkable and livable community. The group took a short “walk audit” through the community. During the audit, possible improvements and enhancements were noted which were used to create a wish list …