Paid Family Leave Bill Tops AARP Legislative Agenda

Posted on by AARP Connecticut

By Beth Levine Three years ago, Rosina Zezima, then 89, fell in a parking lot near her Stamford home, shattering her femur. Her two daughters scrambled to care for her while still working. “I took off personal and sick days from work,” said Liz Zezima, of Fairfield, who works in the international trading field. This was not the first time the family had been through this. Liz Zezima, 60, took time from work in 1995 and 2011 when her father …

Tax-Aide Volunteers Try to Meet Language Needs

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By Elizabeth Blish Hughes When immigrants from Southeast Asia come into the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide office in Sunnyvale looking for help preparing their returns, they often turn to Elaine Tran. A self-described “boat person” who arrived in the United States from Vietnam in 1979, Tran said the taxpayers who look for her “are more comfortable speaking their own languages. “When I explain, they understand more clearly,” said Tran, 56, who speaks three Asian languages—Vietnamese, Mandarin and Cantonese—in addition to English. …

Hey, Lawmakers: Enough Is Enough

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By Jackie Spinner Illinois’ continuing budget crisis put Joy Paeth in a bind. As chief executive of AgeSmart Community Resources in Belleville, which provides legal assistance, home-delivered meals and transportation services to older people in seven counties, she was finding it difficult to hire a key employee because of uncertainty over continued state funding. After a year without a budget, the state last summer finally approved a spending plan through the end of 2016 that allowed public schools to open …

Un estímulo para ahorrar en el trabajo

Posted on by AARP North Carolina

Por Michelle Crouch Rob Cooley reconoce que para el éxito a largo plazo de su empresa, dos Apple Annie’s Bake Shops en Wilmington, es fundamental mantener contentos a sus 40 empleados. Pero a los dueños de pequeñas empresas les es difícil ofrecer los mismos beneficios que ofrecen las empresas más grandes, dice él, especialmente respecto a la jubilación. “El costo asociado con el establecimiento de algún tipo de plan jubilatorio es, sencillamente, prohibitivo”, dice Cooley, de 49 años, que también …

Now Hear This: State Help Needed

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By Vanessa Ho Life improved dramatically for Barbara Flagg about a year ago, when her son-in-law bought her a pair of hearing aids—a $3,000 investment Flagg couldn’t afford herself. Suddenly, she could hear her friends in a noisy dining room. She could follow the conversation at the senior council meetings she attended. Best of all, she could connect with her children and grandchildren. “Even if they were talking about football or baseball or … concerts, I was part of the …

Get Involved on Behalf of Older State Residents

Posted on by AARP Maryland

A new legislative session begins Jan. 11, and AARP Maryland is advocating on behalf of state residents age 50-plus. The state office is backing proposals to provide sick leave for the 40 percent of private-sector workers who don’t have that benefit and to require drug companies to explain how they price pharmaceuticals. These advocacy efforts will kick off with a rally at the Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St., in Annapolis, on Jan. 25, from 8 a.m. to 2 …

Denver introduce un fondo para proteger las viviendas asequibles

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Por Danica Lucker Jackie King sabe lo que es buscar vivienda en Denver y enfrentar problemas financieros serios y tener pocas opciones. Esta profesora de matemáticas del Community College of Denver ha vivido el aumento dramático en los precios de las viviendas desde que se mudó al área en 1979. King, de 63 años, está en silla de ruedas y necesita cuidado de asistencia para poder vivir de manera independiente, y en el 2012 solía pagar un alquiler de $1,200 …

Voluntarios de Tax-Aide intentan cubrir las necesidades en cuanto al idioma

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Por Elizabeth Blish Hughes Cuando los inmigrantes del sudeste asiático que llegan a la oficina de Tax-Aide de AARP Foundation en Sunnyvale en busca de ayuda para preparar sus declaraciones de impuestos, a menudo recurren a Elaine Tran. Tran, que se describe como “refugiada del mar” y que llegó a Estados Unidos de Vietnam en 1979, señala que los contribuyentes que la buscan se sienten más a gusto al hablar sus propios idiomas. “Cuando les explico, entienden con más claridad”, …

Planning to Make Livable Communities at Any Age

Posted on by AARP New Hampshire

AARP and the Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission are guiding 14 communities through strategic planning to help residents live in their own homes as they age, rather than move into nursing homes. Each community will survey its residents to evaluate needs in terms of housing, transportation, neighborhood characteristics, environment, health, opportunities, and civic and social engagement. The results will be shared with city planners and the public. The organizers hope the results will inspire other towns across the state to …

Budget Boost Sought for Home Services

Posted on by AARP New York

AARP New York is urging legislators to boost the 2017-18 state budget for non-Medicaid services that help older New Yorkers age safely at home. The goal is to provide transportation, home-delivered meals, adult day care and other services for people who are eligible for, but are not yet receiving, home- and community-based services. Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) submits his 2017-18 state budget proposal in mid-January, and state legislators begin negotiations in February. In a recent AARP/Siena College survey, 87 percent …