States move to support working family caregivers — added support will help Alaskans

Posted on 06/25/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Alaska | Health & Wellbeing By Lynn Friss Feinberg |AARP Public Policy Institute Juggling work and family caregiving responsibilities is stressful, even overwhelming, because most workplaces aren’t “caregiver friendly.” I hear this all the time from my friends and colleagues who care for aging parents. Public policies can help working caregivers better manage their responsibilities so that they don’t have to choose between work and family caregiving. One way states can help is by providing legal protections from employment discrimination due to caregiving status. States …

Two new twists in returning medical scam

Posted on 06/23/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Alaska by Sid Kirchheimer |AARP Blog Author | Remember those bogus offers for a free medical alert device? That robocall ripoff, which went viral last year, has returned with a vengeance — with two new twists. But don’t be fooled. It’s the same old scam that tries to get your credit or bank account information for supposed monitoring fees for the “free” device that never arrives. Provide that info and you risk identity theft. The latest twists: Some robocalls now also promise …

Alaska’s high ranking comes with caution

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

About AARP | Alaska | Health & Wellbeing Alaska ranks high for serving older and disabled residents but more must be done to support family caregivers. According to a new, state-by-state, long-term care Scorecard from AARP, Alaska ranks fifth in the nation overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents.  But AARP cautions against too much optimism since improvements must be made when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, especially the support provided for family caregivers. See Alaska’s …

AARP supports Statewide Immunization Program

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Alaska | Events | Health & Wellbeing At a bill signing ceremony this morning, Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell recognized AARP’s support of SB 169 – Statewide Immunization Program. Sen. Cathy Giessel sponsored the bill. SB 169 establishes a statewide vaccination program and creates a vaccine assessment commission with the Department of Health and Social Services. The purpose of the program is to monitor, purchase and distribute recommended vaccines to providers, making available universal access for all ages to vaccines. Originally, the legislation targeted only children, but AARP worked …

Don’t fall for this scam: The IRS won’t call you

Posted on 06/17/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Alaska Don’t fall for this scam: The Better Business Bureau in Anchorage reports that people are receiving automated phone calls purporting to be from the IRS, saying there is something wrong with their tax return. Scammers can even make the caller id appear to be from IRS. IRS will not initiate contact about a tax return processing problem over the phone, or by email. The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due by the U.S. mail. …

AARP Foundation Tax Aide Volunteers Helping Alaskans Save

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Alaska | Money & Work AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service and is helping Alaskans save. Tax-Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation for low- and moderate-income filers; particularly those age 60 and up. According to AARP volunteer Jan Watson, Anchorage District Tax Aide Coordinator, “Almost four out of five people who turn to AARP Foundation Tax-Aide are 60 or older. Household incomes aren’t high. For many of them, a tax refund could mean they won’t have to …