Nurses Seeking Larger Role in Primary Care

Nurses Seeking Larger Role in Primary Care

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Rita Beamish Gratitude is the primary response that nurse practitioners such as Susanne Phillips hear from their patients. The amount of time that nurses spend on patients’ ailments, lifestyle factors and prevention strategies—even making the occasional home visit—can be a refreshing change from the typical revolving-door, perfunctory appointment with a doctor. “And the second thing [you hear] is, ‘You listen,’ ” said Phillips, an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, who leads the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration. …

Blanca Castro, AARP California Manager of Advocacy

The Turning Point: A Caregiver’s Story

Posted on 03/28/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Advocacy Guest post by Blanca Castro, AARP California Manager of Advocacy En Español | We all have a turning point in our lives. Mine came when I was 15 years old, as I witnessed my mother collapse during a massive stroke. She was just 39 years old and the stroke left her permanently paralyzed on her left side. On that day almost 40 years ago, I went from a typical teenager in a family with six children to one of several …

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community,  But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community, But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP From the tragic 1955 death of Emmett Till to the Montgomery bus boycott to civil rights battles of the 1960s and even to the issues of unequal justice in 2014, civil rights leaders say the Black Church has remained a headquarters for healing, rejuvenation and planning. “It remains our oasis in the desert. It remains our spiritual reservoir. It remains the most independent organization controlled by Black people. It even …

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Leadership Principles of Civil Rights Leaders Offer Guidelines for the Future

Posted on 02/10/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP When AARP CEO A. Barry Rand and his wife met the revered South Africa President Nelson Mandela in 1994, the first thing that Dr. Rand said he noticed about his demeanor was the “quiet dignity” that he exuded. In a statement upon his death, Rand also described the beloved Madiba’s “strong conviction, inspiring confidence, the wisdom of his years and experiences, and a strong moral character.” Dr. Rand concluded, “He …

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Why They Stay in the Battle

Civil Rights Leaders Tell Why They Stay in the Battle

Posted on 02/3/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP The civil rights struggles of the 1940s, 50s and 60s were largely led by youth and college students, many who were members of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee or the NAACP Student Council. Now in their 70s, 80’s and even 90s, some view their civil rights mission as a life’s work with no retirement in the plan. “I still have an interest in my people and that keeps me anointed …

Utility Rates

Can You Afford Higher Utility Rates?

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP California | Comments

Advocacy What would it mean for you if PG&E’s rates – and your utility bills – increased? Despite the tough economic times facing Californians, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) wants more of your money. Right now, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is considering a proposal by PG&E that would raise the utility company’s revenues by 33% over three years – and increase your electric bill. AARP is fighting for fair gas and electric rates for our more than 3 million members in California, …