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Jim Flaherty


Jim is the communications director of AARP Wisconsin.

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Urge a Vote on Workplace Savings Plan

Posted on 01/10/2016 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Good news! The Wisconsin State Legislature has taken a small first step towards helping people save for retirement. A key Senate committee recently held a public hearing on Senate Bill 45, the Wisconsin Private Secure Retirement Act. This bill would help nearly 1 million Wisconsinites who don’t have access to any kind of retirement savings plan at work. We know that people are 15 times more likely to save if they can do so via payroll deduction at work. This bill will set …

Task Force to Help Dementia Caregivers

Posted on 11/23/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

If you or someone you know is struggling to provide care for a loved one who is suffering from Alzheimer’s or another type of dementia – take heart. A recently-appointed state task force has been assembled to study the issue of caregiving for those with dementia, and then develop proposed policy initiatives to help both the individual and their caregiver. Four public hearings around this issue have already been held and more are in the process of being scheduled around the …

Milwaukee Volunteer Wins Top AARP Award

Posted on 11/13/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

How many 80-year-olds do you know who have run a marathon in every single state and on every continent after retiring from their careers? It’s definitely no ordinary feat. But then again, David Hoffman is no ordinary man. The Milwaukee resident, who is an AARP WI volunteer advocate and member of our leadership team in his city, will be presented with our highest honor – the “2015 Andrus Award for Community Service” – at a ceremony on Dec. 4 at …

Putting a Face on Family Caregiving

Posted on 11/11/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

An incredible number of Wisconsinites – about 578,000 by our last count – help their parents, spouses and other loved ones with a number of household chores and services that enable these folks to remain living independently in their own homes and communities as long as possible. The unpaid care these family caregivers provide, such as managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more, is valued at about $7 billion in Wisconsin alone. Seeing as …

Special Rate Offered to Thank our Veterans

Posted on 10/30/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

As a small way of saying thank you to the countless veterans and military men and women who have done so much to serve and protect our country, we’re offering a special AARP promotion in honor of Veterans Day. From Nov. 2-16, AARP will offer a discounted membership rate up to 20% off for veterans, their families and anyone interested in joining or renewing. A portion of the member dues will be used to help support various veteran’s organizations in …

Dementia Awareness a Top Priority for Governor

Posted on 10/26/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

At a recent press conference in Lake Geneva, Governor Walker thanked AARP Wisconsin for our great teamwork with the state Department of Health Services (DHS) in promoting the latest initiative in the Dementia-Capable Wisconsin program – The Dementia-Friendly Employers Toolkit – which provides employers with the tools they need to support workers who are caring for a loved one with dementia. The toolkit includes steps employers can take that will lead to lower turnover, higher productivity, and a happier, healthier workforce. …