State President Charlie Wagener talks Real Possibilities

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AARP Arkansas State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener invites you to learn more about how AARP helps Arkansans realize their Real Possibilities. Watch for updates here, on Facebook and on Twitter.

Updated Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide now available

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The  Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide was developed by AARP with caregivers in mind—as a starting point to help them find the services and support they need throughout their caregiving journey. This revised edition of the Caregiver Resource Guide features updated and expanded information on: Arkansas Resources, including the Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services; the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP); and several providers of free Caregiver Training/Counseling. National Resources, such as Alzheimer’s Association; the National Respite Locator; Medicare; and Veterans Administration Caregiver …

Checking on older adults especially crucial during severely cold weather

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Wednesday, December 21 marks the official start of winter, but many parts of Arkansas have already experienced extreme cold during the holidays. Especially for older adults, severely cold weather can be potentially dangerous—or deadly. Checking in on older loved ones, neighbors, and friends is especially important during very cold weather. Older adults are particularly susceptible to hypothermia, which occurs when a person’s body temperature drops below normal for a period of time. Hypothermia can occur when the outside environment gets too …

Opportunities available to help Arkansans save more toward retirement

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According to the National Institute on Retirement Security, Americans in nearly every state, including Arkansas, will fall short in meeting their economic needs in retirement. Arkansas overall scores well in some areas measured by the NIRS in its most recent State Financial Security Scorecards, but not so well in others. The bottom line is that there are definitely opportunities available to help Arkansans better prepare for retirement. AARP Arkansas’ ongoing priorities include looking at public policies that could help ensure a quality …

Medicare open enrollment ends Dec. 7, 2016

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AARP encourages Medicare beneficiaries to read their annual Notice of Change and to review their health and prescription drug plan options for 2017 during Medicare Open Enrollment, which ends Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016. Given the trend in high prescription medication prices, consumers are advised to pay close attention to their Medicare Part D drug plan options to help save money.   Medicare plans often change their cost-sharing and coverage benefits every year. However, insurers must notify all their enrollees of any …

AARP celebrates service and sacrifice of our veterans

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This Veterans Day, and throughout the year, AARP salutes and celebrates the service and sacrifices made to keep our nation free by veterans. “We won’t come back ’til it’s over over there” was the vow of American armed forces as they departed for Europe in 1917 to join our allies in fighting World War I. It was over on Nov. 11, 1918, and beginning in 1921, our nation has set aside the anniversary of the armistice ending “the war to …

Help fight fraud as Fraud Watch Network speaker

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  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. If you enjoy speaking in public, you can help raise awareness about how AARP’s Fraud Watch Network serves as a FREE scam-spotting, scam-stopping resource. AARP Arkansas has a Fraud Watch Network Speakers Bureau, comprised of volunteers who fulfill requests from local civic clubs and other groups/organzations to discuss how to avoid getting scammed and how to spot fraud. Volunteers will be trained including a primer on the various …

Arkansas Caregiver Act, Nov. 17 Online Family Caregiving Fair showcase resources

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Every day, nearly half a million Arkansans perform a great labor of love by helping their parents and spouses remain at home. These unpaid family caregivers help their loved ones with medications, meals, bathing and dressing, chores and even complex medical tasks. Arkansas with passage and signing into law of Act 1013 of 2015—the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act—joined the growing ranks of states working to easing the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. Additionally, AARP continues …

AARP Arkansas honors volunteer leaders with 2016 awards

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HOT SPRINGS—Virgie Phillips of Helena-West Helena is the 2016 recipient of the Andrus State Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. Phillips received the award on the second day of AARP Arkansas’ inaugural Volunteer Summit, held Wednesday and today in Hot Springs. Also presented today were AARP Arkansas’ 2016 Distinguished Service Award, to Brodie Watson of Maumelle, and the 2016 Team Recognition Award. The awards were presented by Eric Schneidewind, AARP’s national President, who delivered keynote …

AARP AR sponsors AETN Oct. 10-12 debates, Oct. 14 ballot issue program

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AARP Arkansas proudly sponsors “Election 2016: AETN Debates,” taped and telecast Monday, Oct. 10 through Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, featuring candidates for our state’s U.S. Senate and four U.S. House of Representatives seats. Next week’s AETN elections coverage culminates with “Election 2016: Ballot Initiatives” on Friday, Oct. 14, and all six election programs will repeat in their entirety on Sunday, Oct. 30. Taping/Broadcast Schedule Monday, October 10, 2016 U.S. Congressional District 3 Taping 10 a.m., Broadcast 7 p.m. U.S. Rep. Steve …