— With New Mexico’s sunny skies and wide open spaces, many people think that cycling would be a great outdoor activity but wonder how to get started, what kind of bike to get and how to stay safe. AARP New Mexico Volunteer Joe Abbatacola, an avid bike rider, has created a special free class to address those very questions. Your Road to Health and Wealth … by Bicycle will be offered June 28th in Santa Fe and Aug. 8th in Albuquerque. …

— The 40th Annual New Mexico Senior Olympics will be July 18 to the 22 at 18 different locations around Albuquerque. If you’re a sports fan this might be the perfect event for you as the Olympics include a variety of different sports and are absolutely free for spectators. The 2018 Games have a record number of registered athletes: 2052 in-state athletes and 137 out-of-state athletes. More than 500 people have signed up as volunteers to make sure the Summer Games …

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— Award Recognizes Those Who Make a Powerful Difference in their Community  AARP New Mexico is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-plus New Mexicans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP New Mexico is excited to shine a light on individuals who are using their talents and experience to make a difference in their communities,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director. …

— The New Mexico Conference on Aging seeks nominations for its Aging and Community Service Awards to be given out during the 40th Annual Conference on Aging, scheduled August 21 and 22, at the Isleta Hotel and Casino. The deadline for all nominations is June 1, 2018. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions to benefit our state, local communities, and older New Mexicans.     Categories and Criteria: Rose Wood Outstanding Older Adult Award Nominees: …

— AARP New Mexico is once again sponsoring two free document shredding events, in Las Cruces and Santa Fe, as part of AARP’s Operation: Stop Scams, done in connection with Smart Money Week, April 21st to April 28th. Every two seconds someone’s identity is stolen. Shredding confidential documents you no longer need is one good way to protect yourself. “It’s not unheard of for scammers to shift through a person’s trash, no matter how icky, to find documents that contain your …

— AARP New Mexico State Director Gene Varela and State President Jackie Cooper recently  presented Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry with a certificate formally enrolling the city into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The presentation was made Nov. 21 at the Barelas Senior Center. The City became the 189th community to be enrolled in the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. AARP’s age-friendly network encourages states, counties, cities, towns and rural areas to prepare for the rapid aging of the U.S. population. …

— The city of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs and AARP New Mexico want to get your ideas about what makes a city “Age Friendly” at the Albuquerque Age-Friendly Solutions Forum being held Thursday, Sept. 28, at the Albuquerque Convention Center. The free event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2.15 p.m. The city recently submitted its application to AARP to become an Age-Friendly designated city. “Earning an Age-Friendly designation from AARP doesn’t mean a community is already age-friendly or a great …

— A Matter of Balance, an evidenced based, fall prevention training program, and AARP New Mexico seeks individuals interested in becoming volunteer coaches for this new program. “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” is conducted in eight two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Classes are held twice a week for two hours each, over a four-week period and are purposefully kept to a small size. Individuals, who have recently fallen or have …

— Health Action New Mexico, in partnership with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is bringing a special training session on the basics of Medicare to the Albuquerque Area. This free program will be held Wednesday, June 14th, from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church Community Meeting Hall, 215 Locust NE, Albuquerque, 87102. The program will cover the basics of Medicare, including who is eligible and when to sign up as well as the four basic …

— AARP New Mexico is now accepting nominations for its 2017 AARP New Mexico Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ New Mexicans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP New Mexico is excited to highlight exceptional volunteers who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in their own communities,” said Jackie Cooper, AARP New Mexico State President. Nominations will be evaluated by AARP New Mexico …