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Brain Health Seminar in Glendale

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Scientific research on the human brain has led to some exciting clues and breakthroughs on how people can stay mentally fit as they age. That knowledge has stimulated boomers’ interest in the subject. In response, AARP Arizona is offering a “Training the Grownup Brain” seminar Oct. 28 in Glendale. Participants will get tips from experts on the best ways to stay mentally sharp. Featured speaker Matt Huen­telman, a professor at the Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), will talk about …

¿Habla AARP? Latino Festival Nov. 9

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The Latino population in the nation’s capital is growing—up 22 percent from 2000 to 2010—and is now one-tenth of the city’s population. AARP DC will reach out to Latinos at La Feria de la Familia (Family Fair), a festive event sponsored by the Spanish-language television network Telemundo, Nov. 9 at the D.C. Armory. Bilingual volunteers will staff the AARP booth, and attendees are invited to drop by for information on health coverage for the uninsured and the need to keep …

Do You Qualify for Energy Assistance?

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Green Mountain Power (GMP) has an Energy Assistance Program that can save low-income customers about $20 a month. Only 18 percent of eligible households have signed up, however, and AARP is encouraging Vermonters on fixed incomes to apply. “Sadly, many people forgo medications and even food to keep the lights on,” said Greg Marchildon, AARP state director. AARP Vermont fought for several years to establish the program, which began in January 2013. The program provides a 25 percent discount on …

Big Decisions Loom for Older Voters

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By Thomas Korosec For the first time in 14 years, the Governor’s Mansion will have a new occupant. The Nov. 4 election offers voters a distinct choice of candidates. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican nominee, promises to continue the small-government approach of outgoing Gov. Rick Perry (R). State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee from Fort Worth, vows to put a greater emphasis on education but says she will not raise taxes. The powerful position of lieutenant governor …

Where Candidates for Governor Stand

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By Katrina Goggins Voters heading to the polls Nov. 4 will see both new and familiar faces in the contentious race for South Carolina governor. Democrat Vincent Sheheen, 43, will again challenge Republican Gov. Nikki Haley, 42, who became South Carolina’s first female governor when she defeated Sheheen, a state senator from Camden, in 2010. Meanwhile, petition candidate Tom Ervin, 62, a former GOP legislator and judge, has secured more than double the 10,000 voter signatures required to be certified …

Pivotal Issues Face Older Voters

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By Donna Liquori Next month’s election could affect key state and federal legislation of interest to older New York residents, including caregiving, financial security and utility costs. In the race for governor, Rob Astorino (R), the Westchester County executive, is challenging incumbent Andrew Cuomo (D). All of the 213 state legislative seats and 27 U.S. House seats are on the ballot. “Legislators’ hearing becomes much more acute during political season, so all New Yorkers need to get engaged regardless of …