— 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!

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— AARP New Mexico will focus on two main priority bills for the 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session – the first focusing on paid leave for family caregivers and the second will study retirement savings options. House Bill 86, the Caregiver Leave Act would change the definition of sick leave to include family caregiving duties without putting an undue burden on employers. The Act would only apply to those employers who already provide sick leave. It would not require additional sick …

— Join AARP New Mexico at the 2016 28th New Mexico Conference on Aging for a fun and informative two days of work sessions, keynote speakers and entertainment, ranging on topics from fitness, preparing for retirement, stress management, and helping to shape future policies for people as they age. The Conference kicks off Tuesday, August 23, with a special keynote by Dr. Bill Thomas , an AARP visiting scholar and innovative geriatrician, who will discuss how we view aging and how …

— AARP New Mexico is once again looking to honor those individuals who have made a substantial contribution to New Mexico through their volunteer activities. The 2016 State Andrus Award for Community Service honors 50 plus New Mexicans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to help improve their communities. Each year AARP New Mexico seeks out nominations from the state’s most outstanding volunteers – those individuals who best exemplify the role of its founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, whose …