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Laura Polacheck

Biography:

I am currently living in Utah, but still a diehard Packer fan (grew up in Milwaukee and went to UW).

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Medicare Celebrates Golden Anniversary on July 30

Posted on 07/30/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Guess what’s turning 50?  For many AARP members who know that milestone well, it’s a program that is invaluable for their health and financial independence.  Medicare turned 50 on July 30. Former President Harry S. Truman received the first Medicare card immediately after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law in 1965, and since then it has helped redefine “real possibilities” for many Americans, often freeing them from the fear of devastating medical bills that could jeopardize their individual …

Utahns at Risk When Using Public Wi-Fi

Posted on 07/29/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new survey of internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, while tens-of-thousands admit to engaging in activity that could put them squarely in the sights of hackers looking to steal their personal information.   An AARP Fraud Watch Network report, “Convenience versus Security,” shows that among adults who access the Internet, a quarter (25%) use free …

Utah Caregiver Resource Guide Available

Posted on 07/28/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Caregiving may be one of the most important roles a person takes on in his or her life, whether it is a sudden role or one that develops over time. Having resources to start to plan for this role, helping to coordinate a big move, or contemplating having a loved one move in will make the process much easier. With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it can be a challenge to sort out the specific help …

AARP Applauds Senate for Passing Older Americans Act Reauthorization

Posted on 07/21/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

AARP applauds the bipartisan action taken on July 16, 2015 on S. 192, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) with Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  The Senate passed the bill the week that the OAA celebrated its 50 anniversary of providing invaluable services to older adults. At AARP Utah we appreciate the co-sponsorship from Senator Orrin Hatch and the support of Senator Mike Lee.  Here is …

Join AARP Utah for a Life Reimagined Check-Up on August 26

Posted on 07/21/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Sometimes life takes you in a different direction than where you thought you’d go.  But it’s never too late to make a change–and we can guide you.  Now is the time for you to dust off a few dreams.  At a Life Reimagined Check-Up, you can: Reflect on your goals and aspirations Harness you underlying personal strengths Get tools and inspiration to take the next step   Why look at what’s next?  Quite simply, we are living longer, healthier and more active …

New AARP Report Shows Utah Caregivers Provide Over $4 Billion to Economy

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

Utah Family Caregivers Provide $4.15 Billion in Unpaid Care According to AARP Study New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers     WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Utah provided 313 million hours of care—worth an estimated $4.15 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 …