En primer plano los temas de la vejez

Posted on 10/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Los votantes de 50 años o más tienen mucho en juego respecto a una amplia gama de temas en las elecciones del 4 de noviembre, y su gran número podría determinar quién sería el próximo gobernador de Arizona. AARP Arizona le insiste a los candidatos en que deben abordar los temas que son importantes para los residentes mayores: cómo ayudar a los cuidadores familiares, cómo mantener estables y económicas las tarifas de los servicios públicos y cómo proteger el servicio …

Most Pedestrian Deaths Are Preventable, Report Says

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

Advocacy Pedestrian deaths on Phoenix streets are disproportionately high among older adults, and safer road design could make a difference, according to a report from Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition. The Phoenix metro area ranks ninth nationally in the number of preventable pedestrian deaths. AARP Arizona supports complete streets policies, which call for including bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks in street design. Designing for safety could prevent most pedestrian fatalities, the report said. People age 65 and older make …

Today’s Silent Hero: The Family Caregiver

Posted on 07/22/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy By: Carl Erickson, AARP Arizona State President Real heroes don’t wear tights and capes. Today’s heroes come from all walks of life: businessmen, nurses, lawyers, wait-staff, and house-keepers. The reality is that anyone can become a family caregiver to an ill and aging relative and it’s more common than you think. Arizona is home to about 800,000 unpaid family caregivers who help family members with daily activities such as eating, taking medications, bathing and dressing. Many of these providers also …

2014 AARP Arizona Advocacy Priorities

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy Every year, AARP Arizona releases its top advocacy priorities for the year.  Below is the 2014 legislative priorities that AARP Arizona and its team of Advocacy Volunteers will be working on during the Arizona Legislative Session, which opens on January 13. 2014 Arizona Advocacy Priorities Protecting Retirement Income – A secure retirement is composed of four pillars: Social Security, pensions and savings, earnings and health insurance. AARP will strongly support public and private pension plans keeping the promises made to …

Making Phoenix Streets Safer for All

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy The Phoenix City Council will vote in December on a “complete streets” policy that would encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users. New roads and reconstruction would feature bike lanes, benches for bus riders, street lamps, curb cuts for wheelchairs and strollers, and other amenities. The city Street Transportation Department proposed the ordinance and is seeking public comment. AARP Arizona supports the proposal. To read the plan, go to phoenix.gov/streets. To submit comments, email …

Keeping Utilities Affordable

Posted on 09/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy The Arizona Corporation Commission is considering whether to deregulate electric utilities. AARP opposes the move, citing concerns about deceptive marketing practices and higher monthly bills that have occurred in some deregulated states. “Arizona’s residential electric rates are already below the national average, while consumers in some deregulated states are paying higher-than-average rates,” said David Mitchell, AARP state director. “With our hot climate, why gamble with the pocketbooks and safety of Arizonans?” The commission is reviewing public comments and is expected …