AARP Louisiana

Denise Bottcher


Denise is the Communications Director for AARP Louisiana

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Remembering Katrina. Celebrating communities

Posted on 08/18/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

AARP Louisiana has been working in the Hollygrove community of New Orleans for the past eight years, engaging hundreds of residents to build a stronger neighborhood. Following the devastating one two punch of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, AARP Louisiana connected with members, residents and community partners to launch the Hollygrove Livable Communities Project in efforts to plan and revitalize an “elder-friendly” neighborhood. 27 Hollygrove residents attended an eight-week Livable Communities Academy to build community leadership, identify neighborhood priorities and develop …

AARP Criticizes Jindal Administration’s Delay in Implementing Bayou Choices, Which Offers Hope for Real Reform for Consumers of Long Term Care

Posted on 08/5/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

AARP Louisiana Interim State Director Denise Bottcher issued the following statement today regarding the decision of the Department of Health and Hospitals to delay the implementation of Bayou Choices: “We were deeply disappointed today to learn of the Department of Health and Hospitals’ decision to delay implementation of managed, coordinated long term care, known as Bayou Choices. The reform of Managed Long Term Care has great potential to expand service choices for older adults and their families, to allow more …

AARP joins Councils on Aging to Host Forum for Candidates Running for Governor in Louisiana

Posted on 07/22/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Do you wonder where the candidates in the race for Governor of Louisiana stand on critical issues affecting older adults, such as caregiving, health care and transportation? AARP and the Councils on Aging are hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on August 6, 2015 in Baton Rouge to give you a chance to see and hear how the candidates plan to handle the issues that directly affect Louisiana residents age 50+. All four major candidates for Governor of Louisiana have been invited to …

Louisiana Family Caregivers Provide $6.5 Billion in Unpaid Care According to AARP Study

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Louisiana provided 615 million hours of care—worth an estimated $6.5 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled the annual sales ($469 billion) of the four largest U.S. tech companies combined (Apple, Hewlett Packard, …

AARP presents Soulful Holiday at Audubon Zoo

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Come experience the joyous sounds of the Soulful Holiday celebration at Audubon Zoo on Saturday, December 13. The festive family event will feature holiday tunes performed by the Mighty Chariots of Fire gospel ensemble and a special concert by internationally acclaimed jazz violinist Michael Ward. The performances take place from 2 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Zoo’s Capital One stage. Find out how AARP-LA will “disrupt aging” in 2015 and how you can become involved in future programs/activities. Bring …

AARP Louisiana names Kathleen “Kathy” Brewer as Andrus Award winner

Posted on 12/10/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Kathleen “Kathy” Brewer of DeRidder, Louisiana has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2014 AARP Louisiana Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Louisiana selected Brewer for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. After she lost her husband in 2007 to the extremely rare Erdheim-Chester Disease, Brewer …