Helping Caregivers Manage Medical Tasks at Home

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Alaska is pressing for legislation that could help an estimated 128,000 unpaid family caregivers in the state, many of whom perform medical tasks for aging parents or other loved ones at home. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act aims to reduce hospital readmissions by helping caregivers gain confidence in handling such tasks as managing medications or dressing wounds. The proposed legislation would allow every hospital patient an opportunity to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would be required …

Silver Alert System Goes Live; Protects Missing Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy Press release from Sen. Johnny Ellis’s office October 30, 2014 Rep. Gruenberg’s And Sen. Ellis’s Legislation Creates Rapid Response for Alaska Seniors ANCHORAGE – Today, the long-awaited Silver Alert rapid response and notification system went live at silveralert.alaska.gov. The network’s protections are especially important to senior citizens with dementia, adults with developmental disabilities, veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other disabled adults. “In the same way Amber Alert helps find missing children, Silver Alert will save lives by coordinating …

AARP Celebrates Social Security’s 79th Anniversary

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy As Social Security remains important and wildly popular to millions, AARP offers tools and advocates for a strong program. WASHINGTON, DC – On the eve of the 79th anniversary of the creation of Social Security, AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond issued the following statement: “AARP salutes Social Security, whose growing importance to millions of American families of all political stripes deserves to be celebrated.  Social Security provides earned benefits to approximately 58 million people: 41 million retired workers and …

Alaska’s Best Kept Secret in Elder Care

Posted on 08/7/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy by Ken Helander ♦ Alaska has one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country. At AARP Alaska, we are striving to make it easier for older people to live with independence and remain in their homes and communities for as long as they can, surrounded by family and friends. We are doing this by supporting the estimated 128,000 Alaskan families who provide unpaid care to their loved ones with resources and tools; and by advocating for better quality, …

Does Your Toolbox Include Power of Attorney?

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy By Ken Helander Alaskans place a very high value on independence. In a land that is often challenging, we are proud to be self-sufficient and prepared for the unexpected. Oftentimes, being prepared can mean having the right tools to meet the challenge. However, the right tools are not always a hammer, chainsaw, shovel or an axe. Sometimes they’re legal tools that help a person get through other difficulties. Among the most important of these is the ability to delegate power …

Are you a veteran? Share your story

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 seeking to preserve and share the human experience from military service. The Veterans History Project is the largest oral-history collection in the United States. Originally funded by the U.S. Congress, AARP is the founding corporate sponsor of the Veterans History Project. The Project has collected more than 68,000 entries now archived in the Library of Congress. VHP is primarily an oral history program that collects and preserves the firsthand interviews of …