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AARP Alaska seeks nominations

Posted on 05/18/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

AARP Alaska is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute which recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is Wednesday, July 15. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your nomination online.   Q: Who is eligible to be nominated? A: Nominees for the AARP State Andrus Award for Community …

Legislature should listen on Medicaid: Lawmakers continue to turn deaf ear despite public support, outcry

Posted on 05/4/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

This editorial originally appeared in the April 19 edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and was reprinted in the April 25 edition of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Editorial The expansion of Medicaid to cover the thousands of Alaskans in the “doughnut hole” of low income between existing Medicaid coverage and subsidies under the federal Affordable Care Act has long been popular in Alaska despite its association with a president with low approval in the Last Frontier. It …

AARP Volunteers Deliver Thousands of Petitions, Hit Capitol Hill to Push for Better Health and Retirement Standards

Posted on 04/28/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2015 CONTACT: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560 AARP Volunteers Deliver Thousands of Petitions, Hit Capitol Hill to Push for Better Health and Retirement Standards. Visit Congress, US Department of Labor to Push Series of Issues Including New Retirement Advice Standard, Older Americans Act, Safe Streets Act, Caregiving, Social Security WASHINGTON, DC — Today AARP volunteers dropped off petitions containing more than 26,000 signatures at the U.S. Department of Labor in support of a conflict of interest …

Healthy Alaska Plan: Good for Alaskans

Posted on 04/24/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

by Terry Snyder Any person who loses their job has a tough time. For those ages 40 and older, circumstances are especially hard. Once unemployed, older workers are less likely to find new jobs than their younger counterparts, more likely to drop out of the labor force, and more likely to experience earnings and benefit losses—like affordable health coverage—if they do find work. We also have tens of thousands of hardworking Alaskans working in positions without health benefits who continue …

The “Medicare Minute” program – a brilliant strategy to educate beneficiaries about their benefits

Posted on 04/23/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

The “Medicare Minute” program is making its debut in Alaska. The program is quickly becoming a popular tool for seniors to educate their peers about their Medicare benefits and to protect themselves from Medicare Fraud. The brainchild of the Medicare Rights Center, the “Medicare Minute” program was created and launched in New York in 2001. The “Medicare Minute” programs are short, engaging presentations on timely Medicare topics that are presented at local sites on a monthly basis. Volunteers are provided …

Join Alaska’s RurAL CAP Elder Mentor Program

Posted on 04/20/2015 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Elder Mentors have been improving children’s success in Head Start, classroom and other community settings across Alaska for more than 30 years. By providing one-on-one help with school work, modeling social and cultural values, and offering emotional support to children with exceptional/special needs, Elder Mentor volunteers offer the intergenerational relationships so important to healthy child development. Alaska’s Elder Mentors serve through the national Foster Grandparent – Senior Corps Program. Program goals include increasing school readiness for preschool children, increasing school …