— 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 New Mexico. We hope you’ll join us!

— About 6 in 10 New Mexico residents who work in the private sector do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employer. Last year the state legislature, with participation from AARP, set up a task force to devise a new way for private-sector employees to save for retirement. This fall the group submitted its recommendations to lawmakers, and the legislature is expected to consider a bill during the 2019 session. “The task force is proposing a hybrid …

— 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 July  28th in Santa Fe and Aug. 8th in Albuquerque. …

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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: …

— The New Mexico Supreme Court is accepting comment on proposed new forms and a rule to assist courts in overseeing guardians and conservators appointed for people who are incapacitated. Several of the proposed forms, if adopted by the Court, will require additional information in reports that conservators and guardians must submit to district courts about a protected person’s finances as well as the individual’s physical and mental health. Other forms are for new bonding requirements imposed on conservators under recent amendments to the Uniform …

— 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 …

— Two of AARP New Mexico’s volunteers were recently honored for the lasting impact their work has had in benefiting New Mexico families.  Jackie Cooper, of Santa Fe, and Jaretta Faust, of Carlsbad, were recently inducted into the AARP New Mexico Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is the AARP New Mexico’s highest honor recognizing an AARP volunteer’s body of work that has had a significant impact on the state or national level, creating a legacy. “These two individuals are …

— 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 …

— Did you know how your shoes fit can keep you from falling? Find out if your shoes fit correctly and other ways to prevent falling at a special Falls Risk Screening event. The free clinic is sponsored by the Falls Coalition, in partnership with the Albuquerque Senior Meals program at the Los Duranes Community Center, 2920 Leopoldo Rd NW, Albuquerque, 87104 and will be held at the Center, Friday, Sept. 22, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Falls Coalition …