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Mary Porter is an active octogenarian who enjoys her exercise class and volunteering. She is worried about people without jobs in a tough economy and the future of Social Security.
A longtime AARP member, Porter would like to see the association do more for older adults who are unemployed, including her son-in-law who is in his 50s. "If there is any way that AARP can help them get out there and look for work, that would be a wonderful thing," she said.
Wiginton said volunteers also share information about AARP. Wiginton noted the AARP Foundation (PDF) tackles many initiatives such as helping grandparents raise their grandchildren and older people file their tax returns.
Covilli and Sidney McCarther, coordinator for both the 5th and 6th congressional districts, agreed that providing more walking trails and exercise facilities are issues on which they see AARP working with municipalities.
"We are serious about getting involved in the community and letting [people] know that AARP is a viable organization in their community," McCarther said. "We can't do everything, but there are things we can partner with the community to get done."
DeAnn Smith is a freelance writer living in Independence, Mo.