AARP Utah

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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May is Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Month

Posted on 04/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Dementia doesn’t come with an instruction manual, but the Alzheimer’s Association has a series of events during Making Sense of Alzheimer’s Month that can help!  On Tuesday, May 3, they will be holding an Education Conference in Park City with topics  that include effective communications strategies, understanding and responding to dementia-related behaviors, and available community resources and services. The conference is designed specifically for the education of caregivers of those with dementia, with presentations by the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Utah, …

Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for AARP’s Highest Tribute

Posted on 04/4/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Do you know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Please show your appreciation by nominating him or her for the 2016 AARP Utah Andrus Award for Community Service. The annual  Andrus Award for Community Service is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award.  It recognizes individuals who share their experience, talent and skills to enrich their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer. Past recipients …

Upcoming Performance based on Lives of Utah Caregivers

Posted on 03/29/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Hartford Change AGEnts is proud to present “Portrait of a Caregiver,” a dramatic and moving play based on the real-life experiences and interviews of 22 Utah caregivers. “Portrait of a Caregiver” was created through a partnership of the University of Utah College of Nursing, the Utah Caregiver Support Program, and the Hartford Change AGEnts Initiative that aims to bring awareness to the needs of family caregivers who provide the majority of long-term care in Utah and are seldom prepared for …

Help for Senior Utahns who Face Hunger is Available

Posted on 03/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

Did you know that in Utah, one in seven people are at risk of missing a meal today, and one is six seniors in the state faces hunger?  Yet sixty percent of seniors eligible for food stamps are not receiving benefits.  This may be because many who are hungry do not have information about where to go for help, how to apply for benefits, or what they need to do to receive assistance. Jewish Family Service wants to change that …

Utah Legislative Session Wrap-Up: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted on 03/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

It has been a whirlwind legislative session with a lot happening but as of last night it has come to a close. I want to thank you and all of the other great AARP advocates who stayed informed, got engaged, and made their voices heard to their legislators. I can’t stress enough that without your involvement, we could not do the work we do! Here is what we saw from our view at the Capitol: The Good Wins for Family …

Congress Considering Tax Credits for Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/4/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

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 credit would provide eligible family caregivers caring for loved ones …

Advocacy Director Danny Harris: Support SB 133 to Help Utah Workers

Posted on 03/2/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

We need your help to keep SB133, Small Employer Retirement Program, moving toward becoming law. This bill will help Utah workers have access to retirement savings vehicles at work. The Senate voted to approve the program but it is now headed to the House. The bill is facing new opposition from groups who benefit by keeping this current market confusing and high-cost for small businesses owners. Follow this link and take 2 minutes to send a message to your State Representative and …

Week Four at the Legislature: Bill to Help Workers Save for Retirement on the Move

Posted on 02/22/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

MORE WORKERS WILL GET ACCESS TO RETIREMENT SAVINGS VEHICLES UNDER SB133 We are excited that SB133, Small Employer Retirement Program, is expected to receive a vote from the Utah Senate within the next few days. This bill will help provide access to retirement savings vehicles for more of Utah’s workers. Currently, more than half of Utah’s private-sector workers don’t have a way to save for retirement at work.  SB133 would help reduce that problem by having the state manage the …

Caregivers Have New Rights under Patient Designated Caregiver Rule

Posted on 02/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

CAREGIVERS GAIN NEW RIGHTS FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RULE Rule is Designed to Improve Communications between Caregivers and Hospitals, Reduce Readmissions   (Midvale, UT)  A new rule proposed by AARP Utah and issued by the Utah Department of Health will give important new rights to family caregivers when a loved one enters the hospital by helping to ensure that the caregiver is notified when a loved one is discharged or transferred, and receives instruction from the hospital about any after-care …

News from Week Two at the Utah State Legislature

Posted on 02/8/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/lpolacheck/" title="Posts by Laura Polacheck" rel="author">Laura Polacheck</a> | AARP Utah |

AARP Utah’s Advocacy Director Danny Harris is hard at work at the Utah State  Capitol, fighting for legislation that will help caregivers with their legal rights, nurse practitioners with their ability to prescribe medications, and small business employees with their ability to save for retirement at work.  Here’s his update after week two of the Utah legislative session: First, let me thank you for your support of the Nurse Practitioner amendments legislation (SB 58). We were pleased to see it …