AARP Alabama to co-sponsor candidate forum for AL Congressional District Six

Posted on 06/9/2014 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Alabama | Events On June 24, 2014, AARP Alabama will co-sponsor a forum for the two Republican candidates who will participate in a run-off election for the Republican nomination for Alabama Congressional District Six. The candidate forum will be held at 6:30 PM at Jefferson State Community College’s Shelby-Hoover Campus, located at 4600 Valleydale Road in Hoover. Alabama State Rep. Paul DeMarco and Gary Palmer will vie for the Republican nomination for the open seat in Congress in the Alabama run-off election to …

Want to Quit Smoking? Here’s Help

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Alabama | Health & Wellbeing In a state in which 25 percent of residents ages 50 to 64 smoke—higher than the national average of 19 percent—AARP Alabama is spreading the word about new health insurance benefits that can help people quit. Under the Affordable Care Act, smoking cessation programs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private health insurance plans. Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in Alabama. Smoking is linked to the deaths of about 7,500 Alabamians annually and costs the state nearly $5.6 …

Help Your Alabama Community Fight Financial Fraud

Posted on 05/22/2014 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Alabama | Volunteering Every day, scam artists target unsuspecting victims like seniors and even college students to get their hard-earned money. And they succeed. They find victims by phone, the Internet, and even through churches. You’d be surprised at the tactics they use. That’s why AARP launched the Fraud Watch Network – so you won’t be surprised. The Fraud Watch Network is a campaign by AARP to fight identity theft and fraud and give you access to information so you can protect yourself …

AARP Alabama Volunteers Press Congress on Vital Issues

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Advocacy | Alabama Issues Include Bipartisan Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety and More Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP Alabama volunteers and staff visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act that can help Americans live their best lives. Visits to various offices of Alabama’s Congressional Delegation took place to discuss a variety of issues crucial to older Americans, and particularly to AARP’s more than 451,000 members in the …

AARP Alabama Seeks Nominees for 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Alabama | Volunteering Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who selflessly donates their time to making your Alabama community better? If you do, we want to invite you to nominate them for the 2014 AARP Alabama Andrus Award for Community Service. This annual award is given to an exemplary Alabama volunteer. They do not have to be an AARP member to be nominated. The Andrus Award winner will be announced in late 2014 and celebrated in his or her own community. They …

Don’t Put it Off: Screening for Colorectal Cancer

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Alabama | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family AARP and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) are encouraging Alabamians age 50-plus to be screened for colorectal cancer. Only 5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama are taking advantage of the free annual wellness visit, which includes scheduling for the screening. Colorectal cancer was the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the state in 2012, according to ADPH, yet the disease is preventable when precancerous polyps are removed as a result of screening. When colorectal cancers are detected …