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Utility Plans Spark Opposition

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By Miriam Davidson Retired nurse practitioner Hope Busto-Keyes believes in conserving energy. “I jumped on the bandwagon in the ’70s,” the Tucson resident said. “Turning the lights off, and little things like that.” Last year, as a customer of Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Busto-Keyes, 63, wrote a letter to the Arizona Corporation Commission, the state board that regulates utility companies, urging commissioners to support TEP’s plans for energy efficiency standards and customer rebate programs. Now, Busto-Keyes and other advocates worry …

New Voices Shape Future of Advocacy

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By John Reinhart A schoolteacher and a county official reflect the diverse backgrounds represented on AARP Missouri’s newly formed Action Council. The 20-person council is charged with providing guidance to the state organization on state and national public policy issues. Jay Hardenbrook, AARP Missouri director of advocacy, said he sought individuals with varied backgrounds to embody the richness and diversity of the state. The only commonality he looked for was that they had extensive experience working on policy issues. That’s …

Fraud Watch Takes Aim at Con Artists

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By David Hawley The man who contacted A.C. Kulak on an Internet chat site claimed to be a stressed-out American surgeon working for the United Nations in war-torn Syria. But in reality, he was a member of an overseas scam ring. “I felt sorry for him, and that’s how he really got me,” said Kulak, 80, a retired clerical worker from the Minneapolis area. Over a period of months, the “surgeon” and other members of the scam ring bombarded Kulak …

New Law Guarantees Sick Leave

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Under a new state law, every worker in Vermont will be able to earn sick leave. About 60,000 Vermonters will no longer face the difficult choice of having to go to work sick or lose a day’s pay—or worse, lose their job. Workers will be able to use their sick leave to care for themselves or for a family member. “With passage of this bill, many workers caring for children or elderly parents can now take their loved ones to …

Working to Make Alexandria Age-Friendly

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Virginians and visitors to the Old Dominion already know Alexandria is a jewel, with its waterfront, historic architecture and charming shops. AARP Virginia wants to make the northern Virginia burg even more appealing by making it more livable for people of all ages. AARP volunteer Jane King is working with community and business leaders to make Alexandria more age-friendly by expanding affordable housing and raising awareness of existing transportation services. In 2015, King received a lifetime achievement award from the …

Strong Push for Affordable Housing

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By Ann Levin When Kitty Ruderman was homebound last year, recovering from surgery, she phoned in her grocery orders to a supermarket across the street. Not only did the store deliver, but the manager offered to pick up anything else she needed in the neighborhood. Ruderman, who turns 70 in June, loves where she lives in the Forest Hills section of Queens—it’s friendly, familiar, a block from the subway and close to all the shops and services she needs. But …

Classes Focus on Managing Diabetes

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Diabetes can lead to heart disease, eye and foot problems and kidney damage—conditions that can worsen over time. AARP is working with the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI) and Quality Insights, a Medicare quality improvement organization, to promote free classes for Medicare patients with diabetes. The weekly two-hour classes focus on the importance of diet and exercise, getting regular exams and managing medications. The sessions are also open to patients’ family members. More than 239,000 West Virginians have diabetes, and …

Objetivo: El abuso financiero de las personas mayores

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Por Thomas Korosec Julie Krawczyk, directora del Elder Financial Safety Center (Centro de Seguridad Financiera de Personas Mayores), ha visto muchísimos casos como este: hace cuatro años, una mujer de 89 años, residente de Dallas, se mudó a un centro de cuidados tras haberse caído y quebrado la cadera. Autorizó a una amiga de su iglesia a actuar por ella y le otorgó control de sus finanzas. Esta supuesta amiga abusó de esa confianza: liquidó $145,000 en acciones, vendió su …

Tool Kit Helps Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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Does someone you love have Alzheimer’s disease? What are the symptoms of the illness, and what resources are available for caregivers? Delawareans now have a place for answers: an online tool kit offered by the state Department of Health and Social Services. AARP Delaware has a representative on the steering committee of the Delaware Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative and is committed to informing people about the disease. In 2015, about 17,000 Delawareans 65 and older were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease—about 11 …

Beware of Social Security Identity Theft

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Identity theft is a persistent problem in the District of Columbia. The number of D.C. complaints filed with the Federal Trade Commission increased from fewer than 1,000 in 2014 to more than 1,500 in 2015. Thieves are now using people’s Social Security numbers to steal their retirement benefits. To avert such thefts, AARP is urging residents to set up a “My Social Security” account on the Social Security Administration’s website. Workers can use their online account to monitor earnings history …