— AARP Missouri is hosting computer classes in the Kansas City* and St. Louis areas throughout 2018. The topics include online safety, Microsoft operating systems, how to use a smartphone or tablet, and social media. Technology is continually changing, and these classes can help Missourians learn how to use online tools to interact with family and friends, find a job and conduct personal business. The classes are free to AARP members and their guests, but registration is required. For more information …

— By Tim Poor The General Assembly’s budget cuts this year directly affected thousands of older adults on low incomes, but Jinny Hopp is hoping the 2018 session will reverse the impact. Reductions in spending for home- and community-based care eliminated services to about 8,300 older and disabled Missourians. The expiration of a program to help pay for medications will affect more than 60,000. Hopp, an AARP volunteer in Carthage who leads a caregiver support group, said the cuts will make …

— Want to know more about AARP’s involvement in your area? We hear you! And local websites are here to help. AARP’s national and state websites offer so much to our members, from helpful information on how to protect yourself from fraud, to ways you can plan and prepare for retirement. But the benefits don’t stop there, visit AARP’s local websites for a more focused look at you and your community, and what AARP is doing to improve it. Stay up …

— By Tim Poor Tonya Holmes had used Skype a time or two, but stopped because she just didn’t know very much about the popular application that enables video chats and phone calls on her computer. Then she volunteered for AARP at a computer class for older users in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb. She learned about videoconferencing on Skype and how to tell whether the calls you make are free. Now, Holmes, 61, is a big fan of the …

— More than 22,000 Missourians reported they were victims of identity theft in 2015, giving the state the highest rate of complaints per capita in the nation. With Operation Stop Scams closely following this year’s April 18 tax filing deadline, the time is ripe for people to get rid of documents they no longer need. AARP Missouri is sponsoring free shredding events in Kansas City on April 22 and Springfield, April 29. Anyone can participate, but there is a limit of …

— Caregivers Together, a local support group in Carthage, meets monthly to offer family caregivers in the area an opportunity to share stories with others facing the same challenges. Founded by AARP volunteer Jinny Hopp, the group also shares tips on how to balance your own life and work with the tasks required to meet an aging loved one’s needs. “It’s the small things that can matter the most,” said Hopp. “Talking with others who have solutions based on their own …

— By Tim Poor For Loretta M. Davis, leading a group of walkers isn’t just about fitness. “The idea is to get people being active,” she said. “And before you know it, you’ve got a friend.” Davis, 62, leads AARP walks in St. Louis with Ten Toe Express, a cooperative effort of AARP and Citizens for Modern Transit, a local advocacy group. The walkers meet at a MetroLink station on Friday mornings and take the light-rail train to various urban destinations. …

— Get your bike ready and grab your helmet. The Moonlight Ramble—the nation’s longest-running nighttime bike ride—will roll through St. Louis again. Participants will gather the evening of Aug. 20 at Ballpark Village, with the first cyclists leaving the starting post a minute after midnight. As the title sponsor, AARP in St. Louis will be heavily involved in this event, which attracts thousands of riders, many of them AARP members. The Ramble began in 1964 and has become a great summer …

— AARP Missouri is sponsoring a conference called Family Caregiving: An Act of Love in Piedmont on June 15. The event aims to connect family caregivers with helpful community resources and give them an opportunity to meet and talk with other caregivers. About 792,000 Missourians help aging parents, spouses and other loved ones continue to live at home, providing unpaid services worth about $8.5 billion annually. “Caring for a loved one can be a tough but rewarding job,” said Diane Hall, …

— Artists don’t retire. They keep on making art. And that’s what Celebrating Arts for Senior Engagement, a 10-day festival throughout St. Louis April 28 through May 7 is all about. With a jam-packed schedule of at least 70 arts events spread out among 40-plus venues, Celebrating Arts for Senior Engagement is an event that some are saying they haven’t seen the likes of before. Art has the ability to keep people young in spirit and recent discoveries show that when …