— AARP Utah has a staff of only five people, so we rely on our 300+ volunteers to help us offer programs and events around the state!  Volunteer teams in Salt Lake City and Ogden can find themselves checking in members who have registered for events, passing out information at a health fair, introducing speakers for a program, painting a fence for our Day of Service, or helping to stock boxes for the Utah Food Bank.  But we can always use …

— Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Please show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2018 AARP Utah Andrus Award for Community Service. The annual  Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.  It recognizes individuals who share their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer. Nominations are …

— This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program, and is seeking volunteers to help with this service for the 2018 tax season.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, approaching its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  Training will begin next month. “Tax-Aide helps thousands of low-to-moderate income Utahns complete their tax returns every  year …

— 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 …

— Did you know that AARP’s Driver Safety Program has changed its course curriculum? The new and improved course was designed with the participant in mind, and it is different in many ways from previous editions including a completely new, easy-to-follow format that incorporates adult-learning principles, features reader-friendly print types, full-color pages, an easy-to-follow format and videos to supplement course content. There are also new opportunities for participants to learn state-specific information throughout the course in a way that is easier to …

— The movement to “disrupt aging” is gaining steam across the country, but what does it mean? AARP Utah is offering presentations on how people view aging, and ways to confront and dispel stereotypes. Disrupting outdated notions allows us to embrace a new definition of aging, with real possibilities for healthy and happy older adults. AARP Utah volunteers receive training to speak on topics of importance to Utahns 50 and older, and are available across the state to serve Utah’s widely …

— AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, during the tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers receive training and continued support in a welcoming environment. There are a variety of roles for individuals at every level of experience who want to make a difference in someone …

— Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Please show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2016 AARP Utah Andrus Award for Community Service. The annual  Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.  It recognizes individuals who share their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer. Past recipients …

— AARP Foundation is looking to build its team of volunteers for its Tax-Aide program. Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has volunteer opportunities for people at every level of experience who want to stay sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers will complete a tax preparation workshop from the Internal Revenue Service prior to working with taxpayers. There is also a need for grass-roots …

— November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the more than 336,000 family caregivers in Utah who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be.  The unpaid care they provide through managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medicals tasks and more is valued at $4.15 billion in Utah alone. Nancy Madsen-Wilkerson from North Lindon is one of these unsung heroes.  For 20 years, Nancy, age 62, …