Social Security: The economic impact on Alabama

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For over a year, AARP has been asking the presidential candidates to #TakeAStand on preserving and protecting Social Security for the long-term. Presidential leadership is required on this issue, and we will continue to press for detailed answers. Without that leadership, future recipients could be looking at benefit cuts of up to 25%. Because this issue affects more than 1 million Alabamians, and our population is aging faster than the United States as a whole, it is particularly urgent for …

AARP Alabama statement on Medicaid budget for 2017.

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AARP Alabama would like to thank the Alabama Legislature for the passage of legislation today that will ensure full funding for Medicaid in fiscal year 2017. Medicaid is critically important to some of our most vulnerable neighbors in Alabama, providing long-term nursing care and support services to our frail elders. Fully funding Medicaid for 2017 means that cost-effective programs like PACE and the Regional Care Organizations can continue to be implemented. These programs are expected to bend the cost curve for …

Arden Brannan Schell appointed to represent AARP on Governor Bentley’s Alabama Consumer Protection Task Force

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Contact: Jamie Harding Phone: 205-470-1265 JHarding@aarp.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2016 Arden Brannan Schell appointed to represent AARP on Governor Bentley’s Alabama Consumer Protection Task Force Fairhope resident to begin task force work immediately Fairhope, AL – AARP Alabama announced today that Arden Brannan Schell of Fairhope will represent AARP on Governor Robert Bentley’s recently formed Alabama Consumer Protection Task Force. The governor created the task force in June in an effort to examine and address predatory lending practices …

Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive

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  Join AARP Alabama on August 13, 2016 at 6:30 PM at the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo to honor our “Greatest Generation” and Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive. Spirit of ’45 Day recognizes the achievements and positive values of the men and women who were the “ordinary heroes” of the generation that endured the difficult times of the Great Depression, fought and won World War II, and then participated in an unprecedented effort to rebuild the world by …

Take Action: Alabama resources for fraud protection and reporting

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Fraud and identity theft are running rampant across Alabama, costing victims millions of dollars. It’s important to know what to do if you or a loved one is a victim of one of these crimes. AARP Alabama wants you to know about resources available in our state to assist you. AARP’s Fraud Watch Network provides up-to-date information on scams here in Alabama and across the country. Access it online at: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/, or call 1-877-908-3360. If you believe you or a …

AARP Shred Fest in Scottsboro on Saturday, April 30

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AARP Shred Fest 2016 is a series of document-shredding events nationwide. In Alabama, we’ll be in Scottsboro on Saturday, April 30 from 9 AM to Noon for this FREE public event. The Shred Fest event will be located on Caldwell Street in Scottsboro, between the Fire Department and City Hall. The public is invited to drive up and drop off their sensitive documents and old electronics to be securely disposed of on-site. Documents will be shredded and electronics will be wiped clean …

Payday lending reform needs your support now!

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Tomorrow morning could be Alabama’s best — and likely last — chance this session to see payday lending reform pass. The House Financial Services Committee is meeting on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, to vote on SB 91, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, which models Colorado’s payday loan reform laws. Payday loans are short-term loans that carry annual interest rates of up to 456 percent a year in Alabama, often trapping borrowers in cycles of debt that can be hard …

AARP TEK comes to Mobile April 26-27

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Whether you are new to tablet technology or have been using a tablet for a while, AARP TEK can help you upgrade your skills! Join AARP for a free hands-on workshop for those who want to get the most out of their tablets. Friendly AARP TEK guides will answer your questions, and tablets will be provided for practice. Arrive early to get technology support from our staff while enjoying complimentary refreshments. FEATURED WORKSHOPS: Intro to Tablets — Beginner Workshop If …

AARP Alabama seeking nominees for Andrus Award

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Do you know an AARP member who is making life better by volunteering in their Alabama community? Please nominate them for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP Alabama is seeking nominations for the Association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute, which annually recognizes outstanding individuals who share their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. They should be age 50+, live and volunteer in Alabama, and a member of AARP. The deadline for nominations is June 3, 2016. You …

AARP Alabama Statement on the 2017 Medicaid Budget Shortfall

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It is not an overstatement to say that the 2017 Medicaid budget passed by the Alabama Legislature will hurt frail, low-income seniors who count on critical Medicaid programs for prescription medication, outpatient dialysis and hospice care —and drastically reduce support to family caregivers. “Alabama is standing at a crossroads right now. The choices our legislators are making will impact the health of all Alabamians in the immediate future. We all have a stake in this issue, whether we are on …