AARP Volunteers from every state — including Alaska — head to Capitol Hill to Push Robust Agenda on Family Caregiving, Social Security

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June 8, 2016 Today, volunteers and staff from every state, Washington, DC, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands have come to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregivingand Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff will carry crucial asks: AARP advocateswill ask members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, …

End of Session Advocacy Report – 29th Legislature

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Alaska End of Session Wrap-Up 2016 by Ken Helander, Advocacy Director, AARP Alaska Since legislators did not come to agreement on the state’s budget, which they must pass according to the state constitution, as well as some other major items left hanging, the governor called a special session to begin immediately. Nevertheless, it has, to this point, been a consequential and somewhat productive session. While the overriding theme for legislators was the severe loss of state revenue due to low …

Off to a great start at the Anchorage Golf Course: AARP member discount available!

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AARP members are invited to join the AARP Tuesday 9-Hole Golf League at the Anchorage Golf Course. Rates: $20 Greens Fee Optional $10 Golf Cart (per person) Prizes will be paid out in the form of gift certificates. Additional 9 holes available most days for $8 Green Fee, $5 Cart Fee. If you wish to play 18, please pay at time of check-in. Registration: To participate after the first week you must sign up a minimum of 24 hours in …

Americans Want Policymakers to Address Prescription Drug Prices

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New AARP survey finds most consumers age 50-plus believe prescription medications are too expensive Washington, DC – The vast majority (81%) of adults age 50-plus say prescription drug prices are too high and nearly 9 in 10 (87%) want politicians to support efforts to make them more affordable, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute consumer survey. “This survey confirms what we expected: People want more affordable prescription drugs,” said AARP Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “The …

Return from Grief Workshop Offered in Juneau April 28

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Return from Grief workshop is free and open to the public. Thursday, April 28 5:30 – 7:30 pm Centennial Hall Hickel Room 101 Egan Drive, Juneau Although grief with loss is often unavoidable and indeed it can be crippling, grief is something that is possible to pass through and return from. At this event we hope to give participants the opportunity to think about grief and to receive advice from four Juneau experts, each with a different perspective on grief. …

Drug and Alcohol Problems Booming In Older Adults: New Book Explains

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Betty Ford Center Expert Guides Families Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults in New Book “Not As Prescribed is a valiant effort at helping concerned loved ones and caregivers of older adults understand the dynamics behind [drug and alcohol problems]. Getting my mom to treatment, and then a life of recovery, wasn’t easy, but it was a miracle to us. Every life is worth saving.” – Susan Ford Bales, daughter of Betty Ford   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Statistics …

AARP Backs Bipartisan Credit for Caring Act

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For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016 Contact: Greg Phillips, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia AARP Backs Bipartisan Credit for Caring Act Introduced today in Congress, the bill offers a federal tax credit for family caregivers Washington, DC – AARP commends U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 4708, the Credit for Caring Act, that supports America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for those who qualify. This tax …

The ABC’s of Choosing an Assisted Living Facility in Alaska

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Families often find themselves shopping for an assisted living in the middle of a family crisis. A loved one is in the hospital and the discharge planners want to place him or her in an assisted living as soon as possible. You have no idea where to start! There are agencies and resources to help you. Alaska’s Aging and Disability Resource Center (877-625-2372) can help you find the services your relative needs wherever you live in Alaska. You can also …

AARP’s “Fearless at 50” Celebrates Boldness on and off the Field

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WASHINGTON, DC— Recognizing the milestone 50 represents, AARP recently launched “Fearless at 50,” a campaign to celebrate real people who are challenging outdated perceptions of what it means to be 50 and over. Through TV spots airing during the NFL playoffs on CBS and in the pregame of Super Bowl 50, the campaign features real people boldly trying new things or just feeling good about who they are. “I’m excited about this campaign because just as we do for those …

Do 1 Thing: January 2016

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January – Make a Plan Goal for January: Understand what puts you at risk from disasters and take steps to lower your risk. Disasters change things. When an emergency happens you may have to decide what to do very quickly, when you are worrying about what might happen. By planning ahead, it will be easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens. Read more http://do1thing.com/topics/plan Do 1 Thing is a non-profit organization that wants to help build stronger …