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Utility Watchdog Team Fights for Fair Rates

Posted on 08/12/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Anticipating that power utility NV Energy will propose rate changes this summer, AARP Nevada is recruiting volunteers to join its Utility Watchdogs team. Summer cooling costs are particularly burdensome for Nevadans on fixed incomes. When the state Public Utilities Commission considers a rate case, AARP experts comment on the proposal, and the AARP Nevada Utility Watchdog team ensures consumers’ voices are heard. The volunteers recently helped defeat a Southwest Gas proposal to charge customers for infrastructure replacement before the work …

Will You Be Ready for Retirement?

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Jacqueline Thomas When Joe Everett retired in 2007 from his job at the Social Security Administration, he was only 56 and knew he had to have something to keep himself “engaged, physically and mentally.” He found that by becoming an AARP volunteer and sharing his knowledge of Social Security and other retirement-related concerns. One of the most common questions Everett, of Indianapolis, encounters at the seminars he helps lead around Indiana is whether to begin Social Security benefits at …

Care for Caregivers: Tell Your Story

Posted on 08/4/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP is asking caregivers across the state to weigh in on what services could help them most. Answers will be collected and shared with policymakers to help meet the needs of Ohio families and reduce the costs of long-term care. At any given time, about 1.7 million Ohioans are serving as family caregivers, providing services valued at $17.5 billion annually. Supportive services for caregivers could result in more Ohioans continuing to live at home rather than moving into institutional care, …

Give to Get: A Novel Way of Helping

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Lynne Terry Kate Aubrey has volunteered for years, including feeding homeless youth and working at the Portland Art Museum. But eight years ago, she was diagnosed with an artery disease. Then she got colon cancer. She stopped volunteering to focus on her health. Now 63, Aubrey is volunteering again with a novel program in Portland that allows participants within a network to contribute services, such as raking leaves or cutting hair, and in exchange receive help from someone else. …

Statewide Food Drive Sept. 8-15

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

 To meet the challenge of hunger statewide, AARP Virginia is coordinating a food drive throughout the Old Dominion Sept. 8-15. Volunteers can help at more than 150 collection sites, and donations will go to local food pantries. In Virginia, nearly 16 percent of food bank visitors are 65 or older, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. Even so, nearly 6 percent of older Virginians are at risk of hunger. To organize a local food drive, download tips at createthegood.org/howto. …

Help the Hungry

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Nearly 1 in 8 residents of the nation’s capital struggle with hunger, and the annual AARP D.C. Drive to End Hunger aims to help. AARP is hosting an orientation Sept. 18 to train volunteers, who will greet shoppers and collect nonperishable food at area grocery stores Oct. 3-4. All donations will go to the Capital Area Food Bank and local pantries. About 18 percent of D.C. residents reported not having enough money to buy food at least once in the …