Need a Speaker? Choose Your Topic

Posted on by AARP Kentucky

Does your community group need a speaker? AARP volunteers can deliver presentations on a variety of topics to groups of 25 or more almost anywhere in Kentucky—and can tailor the length of the talk to fit the group’s needs. Topics include fraud prevention (20 to 45 minutes); legislative issues in Frankfort and Washington, D.C. (20 to 30 minutes); resources for family caregivers (20 to 45 minutes); and Social Security, its history and future (20 to 45 minutes). “These presentations are …

2 Cities Strive to Be More Age-Friendly

Posted on by AARP Ohio

As members of the the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, Cleveland and Columbus are addressing environmental, economic and social factors that affect the health and well-being of older adults. Joining the network is a five-year commitment. Cleveland, now in its second year, has completed a survey to identify resources residents need to stay in their homes as they age, such as help with snow removal and home maintenance. Columbus, in its first year, is conducting a similar survey. By 2050, …

Top Legislative Priority: Helping Caregivers

Posted on by AARP Iowa

AARP Iowa’s top legislative priority in 2017 will be passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. The legislation would provide training and support for family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. A recent AARP survey of Iowa voters 45 and older showed strong support for key provisions in the bill: A family caregiver’s name would be included in a patient’s record upon hospital admission (84 percent); the designated caregiver would be notified before …

More State Funding for In-Home Care

Posted on by AARP Michigan

Lawmakers recently approved an increase of 15 percent, or $2.5 million, in state dollars for non-Medicaid in-home senior services through September 2017. AARP Michigan pressed for the additional funding. In addition, the Program for All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), which helps eligible Michiganders 55 and older continue to live at home, will now serve more people at current sites and will add new sites in Jackson and Traverse City. Finally, budget increases in recent years were maintained for the …

New Sick Leave Law Helps Caregivers

Posted on by AARP Illinois

State lawmakers recently passed the Employee Sick Leave Act, which allows family caregivers to use up to half of their sick leave benefits at work to take time off for a family member’s illness, injury or medical appointments. AARP Illinois was the leading advocate for the new law, which will take effect Jan. 1. More than 1.5 million Illinoisans are family caregivers, and many struggle to balance their paid work with the responsibilities of caring for a sick parent, spouse, …

Here’s Help on How to Avoid Scams

Posted on by AARP Mississippi

More than 18,000 Mississippians reported fraud or identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission in 2015, and scammers are using new technologies to exploit more victims. That’s why AARP Mississippi is encouraging community groups across the state to schedule a free AARP Fraud Watch Network presentation. At each event, a trained volunteer presents information participants can use to protect themselves and their families from fraud. The network provides real-time alerts about current scams, tips on how to spot fraud and …

Discounts on Shakespeare Festival Shows

Posted on by AARP Alabama

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival (ASF) in Montgomery is offering AARP members and their guests a 15 percent discount on tickets every Saturday night during the 2016-17 season. The shows include A Christmas Carol, Because of Winn-Dixie, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sherlock Holmes, Dauphin Island, The Tempest and Mary Poppins. Created in 1972, ASF is the largest professional, producing theater in Alabama. The discount applies only to orchestra seating at evening performances, which start at 7:30. Use code SAVE15 to …

Look Out for Holiday Scams

Posted on by AARP Georgia

The holidays are a time for joy and giving. Don’t let scammers ruin the season. AARP Georgia reminds Peach Staters to be cautious when shopping, expecting packages or making donations. Common holiday scams include shopping apps that capture personal financial information, fake gift cards, theft of packages delivered to your porch, shady charities and fake sweepstakes that require a cash transfer to pay “taxes” before collecting a “prize.” In 2015, Georgia ranked second per capita in consumer fraud complaints and …

A Plan to Boost Savings in the Workplace

Posted on by AARP Arkansas

Arkansas is aging, with residents 60 and older expected to comprise 26 percent of the state population by 2030, up from 21 percent in 2012. Many residents, however, are not financially prepared for retirement. AARP Arkansas will push for legislation in 2017 that could encourage more small businesses to offer a retirement savings plan. The program, called Work and Save, would give more workers an opportunity to save for retirement by having money deducted automatically from their paychecks. Participation would …

Recovery Efforts Continue After Summer Floods

Posted on by AARP Louisiana

Thousands of Louisianans won’t be able to enjoy the holidays at home because they are still recovering from last summer’s devastating flood. Considered one of the worst natural disasters since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Eastern Seaboard in 2012, the Louisiana flood caused more than $8.7 billion in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. About 150,000 homes in 26 parishes were damaged due to flooding. AARP Foundation has donated $1 million to nonprofit organizations that are helping with flood relief efforts. …