— By David Lewellen Every year on a Saturday in late fall, about 150 volunteers fan out in the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood on a mission to clean up the yards of older residents. Volunteers from churches, Scout troops and school groups rake leaves, put away patio furniture and do whatever else is needed to help 35 households get ready for winter. “We try to meet and connect with as many of the people as we can,” said Emma Boehm, a …

— By Robert Hodder and Eugene Kane David Hoffman doesn’t let his age or the unpredictable Wisconsin weather keep him from his regular run. But he does want to complete his exercise without getting “run over by somebody” in his Milwaukee neighborhood of Bay View. That’s why Hoffman, 82, is one of the leading volunteers—he won the AARP 2015 Andrus Award in Wisconsin, named after the association’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus—and advocates for “age-friendly communities” in Wisconsin. The initiative seeks to …

— At a recent press conference in Lake Geneva, Governor Walker thanked AARP Wisconsin for our great teamwork with the state Department of Health Services (DHS) in promoting the latest initiative in the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin program – The Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit – which provides employers with the tools they need to support workers who are caring for a loved one with dementia. The toolkit includes steps employers can take that will lead to lower turnover, higher productivity, and a happier, healthier workforce. …

— AARP is busy every day in communities across Wisconsin, working to improve the quality of life for people 50 and older and their families. Such efforts include helping drivers stay safe behind the wheel, offering taxpayers free help with preparing and filing their tax forms, and advocacy on a range of issues from easing the burden on family caregivers to keeping utilities affordable. AARP staff coordinate these efforts, along with an army of volunteers. “We could not be an effective …