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. …

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 …

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, …