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 …

Expanding Resources to Care for Caregivers

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

Advocacy By Ford Burkhart En español Now she knows. Bonnie Danowski has mastered the danger signs. During her four decades of caring for her husband, Jim, as he became more debilitated by multiple sclerosis, she had moments when, unknowingly, she slid downhill along with him. “I stopped work, as most caregivers do. I went from full time to part time to no time,” said Danowski, 71, of Phoenix. Her “strange feelings” included anger and guilt. Until Jim’s death last year, Danowski …

AARP Asks ACC TO Reconsider New “Phantom Water” Taxes

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy (Phoenix, AZ) — AARP Arizona today asked the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to reconsider their decision to impose new “phantom” taxes on water users of some Arizona privately-owned water companies. AARP’s comments, filed in two dockets, oppose proposed settlements negotiated by Arizona’s Residential Utilities Consumer Office (RUCO) and ACC-regulated private utility companies. RUCO is the state government office charged with representing the public interests of residential consumers. Under the settlement agreements, ACC-regulated private utility companies propose a means of raising …

Legislative Caregiver Study Focus of AARP at State Capitol

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy AARP Arizona State President Carl Erickson is leading AARP’s volunteer efforts to urge state lawmakers to support a legislative caregiver study as part of their work during the 2014 Arizona legislative session. At the recent AARP Arizona Annual Legislative Breakfast at the State Capitol on Jan. 16, Carl talked about the importance of the study.  Watch here. AARP will be working to build a support for a joint legislative committee to study family caregiving and long-term supports and services. The …

Pension Protection Important Priority for AARP AZ in Legislative Session

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy Advocacy volunteers with AARP in Arizona were on hand at the State Capitol Jan. 16 to talk with state lawmakers about issues important during the 2014 legislative session. AARP volunteer Sigrid Whitman of Phoenix explains that a focus of her work with AARP this session will be safeguarding pensions.  Watch here. For a full list of AARP Arizona’s state advocacy priorities for 2014, click here.