— Accessory Dwelling Units Manual Available A new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) manual is available to help Fayette County residents. ADUs are quickly changing aging housing options across the nation. ADUs present an opportunity to meet the demand for housing as Lexington’s population continues to grow. In addition, ADUs can be used as a tool for enhancing existing neighborhoods by introducing a greater diversity among residents across age, ability-level and income, while providing an option to promote aging-in-place. Download a free copy (PDF) …

— Parks and public places bring people together, help create a sense of place, and build community. Parks are the cornerstone of age-friendly and livable communities. Portland Parks & Recreation is already a treasure for the city, but as our region grows, it is timely to be thinking about the future of parks in the city and the region. AARP is excited to support Portland Parks Foundation’s Green Dreams: Seeding Portland’s Next Parks Movement series this March. Join other Portlanders for …

— We are busy finalizing the 2019 Portland Metro area NeighborWalks and we are excited to give you a speak peek at the schedule. This year’s season will start on May 28th and end October 12th. We are working hard to plan fun opening and closing celebrations as well as, of course, accessible routes and educational opportunities so we can learn about the history and current issues of the neighborhoods  where we walk. We may not be able to guarantee perfect …

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— Do you want to be more involved with your city, county and regional government – and your community? Then CIVICS 101 is for you! AARP Oregon is joining Elders in Action this year to bring you this five-part training series and we invite you to join us. Connect with other civic minded people from your own city and region and learn about the structure and operation of various levels of government, engage with elected officials, and advocate for causes you believe …

— Housing is fundamental to quality of life for people of all ages and abilities, family compositions, incomes and backgrounds. Unfortunately safe and stable homes are becoming unattainable for many in our communities. AARP Oregon is working hard on behalf of people 50 plus and their families to expand accessible, affordable and varied housing choices in our states and communities. According to the AARP 2018 Home and Community Preferences Survey between 50 and 60 percent of adults ages 18-49 want to …

— Scams and frauds are on the rise, but Mainers can take active steps to protect themselves and their families.  AARP Maine is once again collaborating with community partners to host free shredding events.  All of our events will also include safe disposal of your unwanted or expired medications.  Please join us and bring your friends and family! Questions?  Call Jane at 1-866-554-5380 or email me@aarp.org for information. SHRED IT! Bring all sensitive paperwork that includes account numbers, birth dates, passwords, PINs, signatures and …

— Greetings from Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director As the New Year gets underway, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. 2018 was quite a year for AARP in Maine. Our team of staff, volunteers and member activists worked tirelessly to highlight urgent issues that impact 50+ Mainers at the state and federal levels during the elections.  We hosted many programs around the state to bring your voices to both Augusta and Washington.  We also offered …

— As the City Council begins working on the 2020 budget, AARP DC is advocating for items on the Age-Friendly DC agenda, including preventing elder abuse and ensuring that older adults have access to home- and community-based support services. Another priority is improving city transportation and upgrading outdoor spaces. Stay up to date at aarp.org/dc.

— AARP is very active in the city of Louisville. We are working to make Louisville an even more livable community, we host monthly educational and outreach events, and we have a vibrant volunteer community team made of retirees and current employees from all walks of life. We work closely with Age Friendly Louisville to develop policies and action steps that will make the city more Age-Friendly. Working with Age Friendly Louisville leadership, we held listening sessions across the city in …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anna Crane, a senior at Pearl High School. She was nominated by Steven White, Honors instructor at Pearl High School. “I would like to nominate Anna Crane, a senior from Pearl High School as your AARP Mississippi Scholar Athlete of the …