AARP Arkansas

Michael Rowett

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Michael is Associate State Director-Communications for AARP Arkansas. He may be reached directly at mrowett@aarp.org or 501-217-1625.

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AARP Arkansas statement on long-term services and supports announced today by Governor

Posted on 05/20/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 20, 2016 AARP Arkansas statement on long-term services and supports announced today by Governor LITTLE ROCK — AARP Arkansas State Director Herb Sanderson issued the following statement regarding a memorandum of understanding announced today by Governor Asa Hutchinson about rebalancing how the state spends its annual $1 billion long-term care supports and services budget: “AARP Arkansas has not had an opportunity to review this proposal in detail, so we cannot comment on specifics at this …

New phone number for national Volunteer Teletown Hall starting with May 26 call

Posted on 05/17/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

  AARP hosts monthly teletownhalls (TTHs) designed to help our volunteers stay up-to-date on key AARP activities. TTHs are held the last Thursday evening of every month and hundreds of volunteers from across the country join the call. There’s a new toll-free phone number for the calls: 1-877-209-3531 (no access code is needed). The next Issue Briefing TTH call will be Thursday, May 26 from 6-7 p.m. Central Standard Time. The leader of AARP’s national Campaigns team, John Hishta, will …

Arkansas Works continues health care access for 200,000+ Arkansans

Posted on 05/11/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

More than 200,000 Arkansans will keep access to affordable health care, thanks to passage of funding for Arkansas Works during the 2016 fiscal legislative session, with strong support from AARP. Arkansas Works is Governor Asa Hutchinson’s revamped version of the health care access initiative originally adopted in 2013 as the Private Option. Those 200,000 plus Arkansans include 93,000 ages 45 to 64. The phrase “fall through the cracks” aptly describes these hard-working Arkansans, who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, …

Download the Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide

Posted on 03/15/2016 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

As part of raising awareness about the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act , which takes effect Wednesday, July 22, 2015,  AARP Arkansas is releasing the Arkansas Caregiver Resource Guide. AARP developed this guide with caregivers in mind as a starting point to help them find the services and support they need throughout their caregiving journey. Download it here. Find the tools and support you need, as well as ways to connect with other caregivers, at the AARP Caregiving Resource Center Share your …

Act now to strengthen Arkansas seniors’ greatest support system: family caregivers

Posted on 12/14/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

AARP is working to ensure people can live in their homes and communities for as long as possible by advocating for more resources and services to assist those who need care. But we need your help. Family caregivers often lack the resources and support they need to provide care. That’s why our state needs to support family caregivers and provide services for seniors at home and in their communities. Even better, this would save the state money in the long …

AARP honors Shelly Moran with AR Portrait of Care

Posted on 11/10/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

                        “Making the decision to care for Mother meant leaving my own home, job, church and friends to devote my life to her and get her back on her feet. It was a quick decision, but a hardship financially.” Shelly, 69, left her job as marketing director for the local hospital and moved 220 miles to live with and care for her mother, Betty, who had broken her hip. …

Join AARP Nov. 12 for a FREE screening of “The Theory of Everything”

Posted on 11/2/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

AARP Arkansas on Nov. 12 hosts a FREE AARP Movies for Grownups screening of The Theory of Everything, in connection with AARP’s I Heart Caregivers initiative and National Family Caregivers Month. Starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything tells the extraordinary story of the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde. With Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying the very …

AARP Arkansas honors volunteer leaders with 2015 awards

Posted on 10/14/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

AARP Arkansas honors volunteer leaders with 2015 awards HOT SPRINGS—Mary Dillard of Glen Rose is the 2015 recipient of the Andrus State Award for Community Service, AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award. Dillard, a past AARP Arkansas State President, received the award during AARP Arkansas’ 2015 Andrus Award and Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, held Wednesday evening in Hot Springs. Also presented Wednesday was AARP Arkansas’ 2015 Distinguished Service Award, to AARP Arkansas Lead Volunteer for Advocacy Charlie Wagener, who lives …

Join us Oct. 24 for AARP’s Get Ready for Retirement event!

Posted on 10/13/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

Are you ready for retirement? AARP Arkansas is hosting an event on Saturday, October 24 to help you answer that question and prepare for your next chapter. This FREE event is titled Get Ready for Retirement: Retirement has Real Possibilities, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Park Plaza Mall, 6000 W. Markham St. in Little Rock. “We know that, for some people, retirement is an overwhelming concept,” said AARP Arkansas volunteer Talmadge Harbison of Hensley. “It’s a transition that …

Volunteers needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide

Posted on 09/30/2015 by <a href="http://states.aarp.org/author/mrowett/" title="Posts by Michael Rowett" rel="author">Michael Rowett</a> | AARP Arkansas |

            Volunteers needed for AARP Foundation Tax-Aide AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—AARP Foundation is looking to build a team of volunteers for the 2016 tax season. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is a free tax assistance and preparation program for taxpayers with low to moderate income. Volunteer opportunities are available for Arkansans at every level of experience who want to stay sharp while giving back. Tax volunteers …