Scorecard gives Arkansas low marks overall for serving older, disabled residents

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

Advocacy | Arkansas | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Press   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2014 CONTACT: Michael Rowett, 501-217-1625, mrowett@aarp.org Scorecard gives Arkansas low marks overall for serving older, disabled residents State could potentially save at least $77 million a year by focusing resources more on services that enable Arkansans to stay in their homes & communities and less on expensive nursing home care LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Arkansas  ranks 40th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, and AARP warns that much more must …

AARP AR lead volunteer advocate touts Private Option success

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

Advocacy | Arkansas | Health & Wellbeing AARP Arkansas Lead Volunteer for Advocacy Charlie Wagener in comments during a June 13, 2014,  public hearing noted how Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health care is helping hard-working Arkansans. The public hearing was hosted by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) to receive comments on the Private Option, which became law during the 2013 legislative session with strong bipartisan legislative support. The Private Option during this year’s legislative session was renewed through June 30, 2015. Passage of an annual appropriation …

Why Tweets, Posts and Links Matter to Your Job Search

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Arkansas | Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand   If you haven’t looked for a new job in a while, you may be surprised to learn that it’s a different marketplace out there today. If you just sent your resume and cover letter to a hiring manager and hoped the process would follow a normal course of interviews and decision-making, think again.   Today, more than ever, it’s up to you to determine how your skills relate to a specific job opening and to …

Back to Basics: Roadway Fundamentals Refresher

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Arkansas | Home & Family By Julie E. Lee When’s the last time you refreshed your knowledge of the rules of the road? If you’re like most older Americans, it’s probably been decades since you took a driver’s education course and got your first driver’s license. But even the most experienced drivers can benefit from a tune-up.   That’s what new research by AARP and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, found. Using a driving simulator, the study aimed to uncover areas where …

Want to Be Safe on the Internet? Change Your Passwords

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

Arkansas | Money & Work In a recent AARP survey, 82 percent of Arkansas online users age 18 and older said they are concerned about being scammed over the Internet. Even so, 30 percent said they have never changed their email passwords, and 28 percent have never changed their passwords for banking or other sensitive accounts. The researchers identified 15 life experiences and behaviors (such as loss of a job or clicking on pop-up ads) that place Internet users at increased risk of becoming a …

Nutrition education volunteers needed in Arkansas

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Arkansas | Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering Fighting and ultimately ending hunger is a critical issue nationwide but particularly in Arkansas. That’s because almost 1 in 10 older Arkansans are at risk of hunger– which makes Arkansas the 5th hungriest state in the nation. AARP Arkansas is recruiting volunteers with a passion and interest in nutrition education. Volunteers would help raise awareness in their communities and potentially other parts of the state about resources available to fight hunger and best practices in nutrition.   AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, has a long history …