— Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to two great theatre events in July, and enjoy AARP Utah discounts on your tickets!  We want to make sure you enjoy fun connecting events with us, so are offering these opportunities to AARP members and their guests.  Here are the details: PLAY:  Peter and the Starcatcher DATE:  Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30 pm LOCATION:  Caine Lyric Theatre, 28 West Center Street, Logan, UT DISCOUNT:  AARP will provide a $15 discount for all AARP members …

— Executive Council Member Pam McComas decided that growing older didn’t mean putting aside new dreams and challenges.  Here is her story of her summit of the Grand Teton this summer, with plans to do more: I don’t really know what it means to age gracefully. I started rock climbing on my 59th birthday and was hooked. At 60 I climbed a 1000 foot peak in the Wind Rivers. Honestly, I climb BIG mountains with friends half my age and, with …

— In the first of its kind in the nation, an AARP Smart Driver course was taught to deaf students at the Sanderson Center in Taylorsville, Utah on Monday, November 14.  The Center reached out to AARP and requested that a class be taught there as a way to give older, deaf drivers a chance to refresh their driving skills. Never before has a class been taught with the assistance of sign language interpreters; the national AARP Driver Safety Program has referred people …

— AARP Utah is very proud to announce that our State Director, Alan Ormsby, was named one of the “Enlightened 50” (E-50) by Utah Foundation.  As explained by the Foundation, each year they recognize fifty individuals who are making a measureable – but often unsung – difference in the lives of Utahns through innovation, collaboration and commitment to the common good. This honor recognizes the work done by Ormsby to seek ideas and strategies from policymakers on aging from around the state …

— Doesn’t dancing under the stars to music provided by top Utah big bands such as City Jazz, Caleb Chapman’s Crescent Super Band, Wasatch Jazz Project, Tad Calcara & New Deal Swing, 23rd Army Band and the Joe Muscolino Band sound like a great time?  Throw in free dance classes and food trucks from the Food Truck League and you have the ingredients for a wonderful evening.  Big Band Summer at the Gallivin Center will run every Tuesday night throughout June, …

— AARP Utah is always looking for ways to connect you with other members, enjoy local attractions, and find out more about we do in the state.  Here are some opportunities for local discounts with your membership in Utah: AARP UTAH MUSIC FOR GROWNUPS Saturday, June 11, 8 p.m. at the Viridian Center, 8030 South 1825 West in West Jordan. Come join us for a special AARP Music for Grown Ups Night – “Beatles Tribute Concert” featuring Utah’s Jay Lawrence & …

— To our readers:  The AAA Fair Credit Foundation is based in Salt Lake City and is a partner with AARP Utah on teaching how to save and plan for the future.  This is one story about a family they helped through their Individual Development Accounts Program.  We thought it was a heartwarming example of what planning for the future can do for a family. My name is Derrick Duncan. In 2013, my wife Kendra and I rented a home in …

— Hartford Change AGEnts is proud to present “Portrait of a Caregiver,” a dramatic and moving play based on the real-life experiences and interviews of 22 Utah caregivers. “Portrait of a Caregiver” was created through a partnership of the University of Utah College of Nursing, the Utah Caregiver Support Program, and the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative that aims to bring awareness to the needs of family caregivers who provide the majority of long-term care in Utah and are seldom prepared for …

— Did you know that in Utah, one in seven people are at risk of missing a meal today, and one is six seniors in the state faces hunger?  Yet sixty percent of seniors eligible for food stamps are not receiving benefits.  This may be because many who are hungry do not have information about where to go for help, how to apply for benefits, or what they need to do to receive assistance. Jewish Family Service wants to change that …

— We all want to reside in a community that’s a great place to live, and AARP wants to help cities across the country and here in Utah get there!  That’s the basis for the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities program, which encourages cities, towns, and communities to  commit to improving their age-friendliness and submit to a rigorous membership assessment cycle. This year, Salt Lake City joined the Network and now has two years to develop an action plan for becoming …