How Can Caregivers Get More Support?

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Laura Mecoy Cheryl R. Brown already had nearly a lifetime of caregiving experience when her husband was first diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2002. She began caregiving at age 12, when her grandmother suffered a stroke, and continued to help other relatives over the years. Even with all her experience, Brown, 70, said she sometimes struggles to get the equipment and services needed by her husband, Hardy, 71. “There is no …

¿Cómo pueden los cuidadores obtener más apoyo?

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Por Laura Mecoy Cheryl R. Brown ya había pasado casi toda una vida como cuidadora cuando a su esposo le diagnosticaron ELA (esclerosis lateral amiotrófica), también conocida como la enfermedad de Lou Gehrig, en el 2002. Ella empezó a prestar cuidados a los 12 años, cuando su abuela tuvo un derrame cerebral, y siguió ayudando a otros familiares con el pasar de los años. Aunque tiene mucha experiencia, Brown, de 70 años, dijo que a veces lucha para obtener el …

New Rules about Home and Community Based (HCB) Settings

Posted on 10/9/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Advocacy Right now the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), the California Department of Aging (CDA) and the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) are creating a plan that will make BIG changes to how services are provided to people with disabilities, the elderly, and families. Without your input, these changes may not be strong enough to make lives better! New federal rules say that community settings (including assisted living and group homes & day and work programs) must give people choice, privacy, …

Volunteers Say ‘No’ to Utility Hikes

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

Advocacy By Ray Huard Hank Povinelli is fed up with rising electric rates. “If I have to pay significantly higher electricity bills, I have to take that money from someplace else,” said Povinelli, a retired information technology executive who worked in the hospitality and casino industry. Like many retirees, Povinelli, 67, who lives in the San Fernando Valley city of Chatsworth, must get by on a fixed income. “We can’t increase our revenue. We have to manage the costs,” he said. …

Raise Your Voice Before They Raise Your Rates

Posted on 08/29/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Advocacy Southern California Edison wants more of your money. Right now, they’re trying to convince the CA Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to rubber stamp their request for a nearly $1 Billion rate hike over the next 3 years. In these tough economic times, the last thing we need is an increase in our electric rates. But that’s what might happen, unless you raise your voice now. We need you to act today! Please share how increased utility rates would impact your …

New AARP President Poised for Next Challenge

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

Advocacy By Ray Huard When she turned 50, Jeannine English celebrated by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. “I had always wanted to do something like that,” English said of her trek up the mountain. “This is the year of my 60th birthday and I haven’t figured out what to do.” As the new AARP president, English is ready to take on challenges this month that could be as daunting as scaling a 19,340-foot peak. She succeeds Robert Romasco as the association’s principal volunteer …