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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

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— The Arizona Family Caregiver Tax Credit bill (HB 2209 sponsored by Representative Heather Carter LD 15) will give family caregivers a state income tax break. A mirror bill has also been filed in the state Senate by Senator Kate Brophy-McGee District 11.  The goal of these bills is to help Arizona families with the thousands of dollars of out-of-pocket costs incurred in caring for loved ones.  Over 800,000 Arizonans – a silent army of love – spend one or more …

— Aging Well in Mind, Body, & Spirit Save the date for the 2017 Annual Conference on Aging at Lynchburg College on Tuesday, June 6 2017. Online registration opens Friday, March 24 2017 at www.lynchburg.edu/beard. Space is limited so register early to be guaranteed a spot. Click here to download the 2017 Annual Conference on Aging Brochure.   The registration fee includes all conference activities and the cost of lunch and refreshments. The post-conference session is priced separately and is not included in the conference registration …

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— AARP today celebrates the enactment of the Kentucky Family Caregivers Act.  We applaud legislative leaders and Governor Bevin for signing this bill, which will benefit caregivers and their loved ones. In addition to Governor Bevin, AARP Kentucky salutes the leadership of Paul Hornback, his co-sponsors Senators Julie Raque Adams, Danny Carroll, C.B. Embry, and Representative Addia Wuchner. “Kentucky’s elected officials worked together on behalf of our state’s most passionate unpaid workers, family caregivers,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP Kentucky State President. …

— Caregivers, a silent army of unsung heroes, need information, emotional support and access to resources. That’s why AARP Michigan will offer a series of free programs on caregiving in Jackson from April to October. Caregiver College will launch April 25 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Gene Davis & Sons, 3575 Francis St., Jackson, with a session on “Preparing for Caregiving.” These other sessions will be offered at the same time and place: “Assessing Recipients’ and Caregivers’ Needs and Preferences,” on May 30. …

— The art of aging gracefully has changed. Traditional retirement plans are disappearing, the cost of daily living continues to rise, and nearly all people aged 65+ live with at least one chronic condition. This is why AARP New Hampshire, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, and the National Council on Aging present the Aging Mastery Program®.  It’s a wellness series that combines goal-setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives, cultivating health and longevity! …

— We’re excited to announce the second annual community conference for Advance Care Planning Month! “Truth or Consequences: Advance Care Planning Essentials” is presented by the As You Wish Advance Caring Partnership, a program of the Advance Care Planning Coalition in Eastern Virginia. The day will kick off with opening remarks by Senator Mark R. Warner and a Keynote presentation by William A Hazel, Jr., MD, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Health care professionals and patient advocates will also …

— ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement in response to the addition of about $7 million for non-Medicaid in-home services for the elderly in the New York State Senate and Assembly one-house 2017-18 state budget proposals: “State legislators are moving in the right direction. These cost-effective services help middle class New Yorkers age safely at home and provide badly needed respite and support for their family caregivers. AARP appreciates the Senate’s and Assembly’s …

—   The Schmieding Home Caregiver Training Program of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will hold a free family caregiver workshop Thursday, March 30 for those who would like to learn about caring for an adult with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The workshop, which is open to the public, will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Garland County Library at 1427 Malvern Avenue in Hot Springs. For more information or to register, please call (501) 276-0945. …

— AARP Oklahoma is hosting a tele-town hall on Tuesday, March 21 at 10am CST. The tele-town hall will focus on House Bill 1013 which gives nurse practitioners more authority to heal. HB1013 increases Oklahomans’ access to health care, take steps toward addressing the shortage of primary health care providers, and supports the 524,000 caregivers in our state. AARP OK supports granting nurse practitioners the freedom to practice to the full extent of their education and training and 87 percent of Oklahomans …