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 …

Support the California Caregiver Act of 2014

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

Advocacy Are you taking care of a loved one – an older adult or an adult with a disability – who needs help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, or household shopping? Many individuals who need caregiving assistance rely on family, friends, or other unpaid caregivers. In fact, family support can allow seniors and individuals with disabilities to stay in their homes and communities. But sadly, many caregivers are unaware of the resources or support available to them, toiling away …

Election Prep: Beyond the Basics

Posted on 05/16/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Advocacy Guest post by California Secretary of State Debra Bowen The June 3rd statewide primary election is just around the corner… here’s what you need to know to make sure your voice is heard. First, you must be registered if you want to vote in California, but it’s easy to do. The last day to register to vote for this election is May 19th. Registration takes just a few minutes online and paper applications are available at most post offices and …

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. …