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Pressing Issues Face Older Voters

Posted on 09/2/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By David Lewellen Wisconsin will see a sharply contested race for governor this fall and will also choose 17 state senators, all 99 state representatives and eight members of the U.S. House. But before voters go to the polls, AARP Wisconsin will be spreading the word to voters and candidates alike about issues facing older residents. Major concerns Key state issues for Wisconsin’s 50-plus population this fall include: Family Care, a state program that helps older people and those with …

Support Needed for Family Caregivers

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Dana E. Neuts In November 2008, Kathy Petersen made the difficult decision to care for her 80-year-old mother at home, moving the older woman into her small one-bedroom condo in Bellingham. Petersen, now 67, quit her job as a private long-term caregiver to care for her mother, who had Alzhei­mer’s disease. They subsisted on Peter­sen’s Social Security and her mother’s retirement income. “We were living right on the edge of what we could afford,” Petersen recalled. While attending a …

Exhibit Displays Work of WWII Internees

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Now through Oct. 12, AARP members showing their cards will receive a $2 discount per ticket for “The Art of Gaman,” an exhibit of more than 120 artifacts made by Japanese American internees during World War II, at the Bellevue Arts Museum, 510 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue. Shortly after the Dec. 7, 1941, bombing of Pearl Harbor, approximately 110,000 Japanese Americans on the West Coast were ordered to leave their homes and forced into 10 internment camps, taking only necessities …

Volunteers Say ‘No’ to Utility Hikes

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Ray Huard Hank Povinelli is fed up with rising electric rates. “If I have to pay significantly higher electricity bills, I have to take that money from someplace else,” said Povinelli, a retired information technology executive who worked in the hospitality and casino industry. Like many retirees, Povinelli, 67, who lives in the San Fernando Valley city of Chatsworth, must get by on a fixed income. “We can’t increase our revenue. We have to manage the costs,” he said. …

Fighting for Affordable Utility Rates

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

On the heels of power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Public Service Electric & Gas proposed a 10-year, $3.9 billion rate increase to cover the largest utility capital investment project in New Jersey history. AARP and other consumer advocates intervened, arguing the plan was too vague, too expensive and would not benefit most customers. After a year of such efforts, the state Board of Public Utilities approved a $1 billion program that protects consumers against unreasonable rates and …

Southern Maryland: What’s on Your Mind?

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Southern Marylanders: AARP wants to hear what’s on your mind. Traveling by van, AARP state office staff will visit the largely rural area of Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties next month to discuss issues such as retirement security, caregiving and affordable utilities. The events include a networking hour in Solomons Island, Oct. 7; a volunteers breakfast in Charlotte Hall, Oct. 8; and a breakfast in Waldorf, Oct. 9. AARP members and nonmembers alike are invited, as are local elected …