— By Joanne Cleaver Madison resident Carol Martell found a new calling after retiring in 2013 from her position as an administrative assistant with the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ. She joined the AARP advocacy team and speaks up for older residents during state legislative hearings on such topics as caregiving and health care. Even when she isn’t testifying, Martell stands, or sits, with other AARP volunteers, all wearing AARP-logo shirts. “My job is to be present,” said …

— AARP members and their guests can enjoy live theater and a professional golf tournament at discount prices this summer. The offer is available for select performances at the Overture Center in Madison and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee, and the American Family Insurance Championship in Madison. Overture performances include Waitress, July 24-29. Marcus shows include A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, May 5 and 6, and An American in Paris, June 30 and July 1. …

— By Joanne Cleaver It’s good to have company on the learning curve—especially if it’s a curve you haven’t navigated before. Louise Young-Benson said this camaraderie develops quickly when residents who are 50-plus take AARP-sponsored workshops and discover that they have the same questions about technology, caregiving, job hunting and other life skills. “You’re in with a bunch of compadres,” said Young-Benson, a retired Milwaukee Public Schools counselor and AARP volunteer in her mid-60s. At recent workshops, she learned a lot …

— 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 David Lewellen On May 5, state Sen. Fred Risser turned 90. Three weeks later, he took a 90-mile bike ride to celebrate—no cameras, no riding companions, just him going at his own pace. Riding one mile for every year has become a tradition for him. “It takes a little longer every year,” he said. Serving in the Wisconsin Legislature has been an even longer ride. Risser was reelected in November, without opposition, to his 14th four-year Senate term. Add …

— AARP members and their guests are invited to a free screening of the film “The Lovers” at the Marcus South Shore Cinema located at 7261 South 13th Street in Oak Creek Milwaukee on Thursday, August 24, 2017. Seating is limited, RSVPs are required. Mary (Debra Winger) and Michael (Tracy Letts) are a married couple. They live together, but are both having long-standing extramarital affairs—she with Robert (Aidan Gillen) and he with Lucy (Melora Walters). Their lovers have both emphatically demanded they break …

— By Joanne Cleaver Every morning, when Mary Eslick arrives at her job as a payroll manager for Primex Inc., in Lake Geneva, she dreads getting “the call.” The call will come from her mother. It will involve a crisis with her father, 85, whose Alzheimer’s disease is progressing rapidly. All he wants to do is putter in his beloved garage machine shop. He sometimes forgets to eat or address his personal care and doesn’t want to cooperate when it comes …

— AARP members and their families are invited to learn how AARP Wisconsin is working to improve their lives while walking the links and cheering top golfers age 50-plus at a PGA Tour Champions event. The American Family Insurance Championship will be held June 20-26 at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison. Proceeds will support local charities through the Steve Stricker American Family Insurance Foundation. “This is an exciting opportunity for golf fans to see some of the world’s best golfers …

— Milwaukee area residents are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act (OAA) with a free program and resource fair on Friday, Dec. 4, in Milwaukee. The free event – titled “Get into the Act” – is presented by the Milwaukee County Department on Aging. It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wilson Park Senior Center, 2601 West Howard Ave and feature an afternoon of education, advocacy and celebration of the OAA, which …

— If you live in or within a short driving distance of five Wisconsin communities – including Tomah, Black River Falls, River Falls, Platteville, or Dodgeville – then we encourage you to stop by and visit us during our traveling “Listening Post Tour” in late July and early August. We’re inviting AARP members and all residents of these communities and the surrounding areas to learn more about our organization and tell us what they would do to make their communities even …