— 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 North Dakota for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— Welcome to the AARP “Passport to Healthy Living” program. Join us at one or more of these free events in the Bismarck-Mandan area that focus on health and wellness. You’ll have a chance to meet new people, have some fun, enjoy new experiences, and live a more healthy life. Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboard Demo 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 Harmon Lake Recreation Area, 3244 Harmon Lake Road, Mandan Learn the basics of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, including the …

— Join AARP for Symphony Rocks at Bluestem Amphitheater in Moorhead at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 16. AARP members and their guests will receive discounted general admission tickets for $15 good for either bench or lawn seating. The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, together with Fargo’s POST-TRAUMATIC FUNK SYNDROME, presents “British Invasion,” honoring musicians from across The Pond, including the Beatles, Elton John, Queen, and Adele. Tickets can be purchased here on the symphony website. When purchasing tickets, simply enter code ND2277 under the …

— Hettinger, Buxton and Grand Forks are the recipients of a 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. Nearly 1,600 applications, including 26 from North Dakota, were received from non-profits and government entities for the program, now in its second year. North Dakota communities receiving grants this year are: Hettinger Area …

— Take this simple step to help protect yourself from identity theft by having sensitive personal documents shredded for free on Saturday, October 6, in Fargo and Bismarck. A shredding truck will be at each location and shred documents on site between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. The event is open to the public. There is a limit of two boxes. The Fargo event will be held in the southwest parking lot at West Acres Shopping Center, 3902 13th Ave. S. …

— As summer temperatures rise, staying cool can become a necessity for seniors and people with certain medical conditions. Cooling assistance is available for qualifying households through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “Extreme heat and humidity can create health and safety issues for older adults and other individuals with certain medical conditions,” said Michele Gee, director of the Department of Human Services’ Economic Assistance Division. “This program provides extra help to vulnerable individuals who need to stay safe …

— Check out the July AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Frank Abagnale identity theft presentation in Fargo. Upcoming healthy living program events in Bismarck-Mandan. July 18 Movie Night in Fargo. July 18 Coffee and conversation in New Town. Monthly legislative update calls with Advocacy Director Mike Chaussee. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. Volunteer Fraud Fighters needed. Scams Cropping Up Around New Medicare Cards. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by mail every month, email your USPS address to …

— Bismarck is ranked among the top 10 most livable small cities in the country, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index. The index uses more than 50 national data sources to score every neighborhood and community in the U.S. based on seven categories of livability: housing, neighborhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement, and opportunity. Users can search the index by address, zip code, or community to find an overall livability score. When the Livability Index was first …

— For three days in July, athletes aged 50 and better will compete in arenas across Fargo during the North Dakota Senior Games. From July 26-28, both teams and individuals – hailing from North Dakota and surrounding states – will prove they still have what it takes in over 18 different sporting events. This year, they can also qualify for the National Senior Games. Classics like tennis, golf, and bowling always have great competitors. Those wanting a less common pursuit can …

— AARP members are invited to join us for coffee and conversation when we are in your neighborhood. The locations we plan to be at before the end of the year are listed below. Check back here for updates on locations in each community. A volunteer leader from AARP North Dakota’s Executive Council will moderate the 60-90 minute conversation. We’ll spend just a few minutes talking about our work to support family caregivers in North Dakota, health care, and some of …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season. Approaching its 50th year, Tax-Aide offers free tax filing help to anyone, especially those 50 and older, who can’t afford a tax preparation service. Tax-Aide volunteers make a difference in their communities by assisting many older, lower-income taxpayers who might otherwise miss out on the credits and deductions they’ve earned. Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and support in a welcoming environment. There is need for …