Steps to Save for a Better Future: AARP Event Addresses Anxiety Over Retirement Resources

Posted on 07/3/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy The following post is courtesy of Jackson, Grant Investment Advisers, Inc./distributed by PR Newswire iReach – A recent National Institute on Retirement Security report tells a disheartening story:  the average working-age U.S. household has only $3,000 saved for retirement[i], based on the most recent (2010) Survey of Consumer Finances sponsored by the Federal Reserve.  Households aged 55-64 have $12,000. These figures include both those that do and do not have retirement accounts.  Households aged 55-64 who have retirement accounts have an …

New Scorecard Ranks Connecticut on Support for Seniors, Caregivers

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy When it comes to support for seniors and caregivers, it matters where you live.  According to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP  and the nation’s leading organizations behind long-term care, Connecticut ranks 12th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities.  While that number may seem pretty good, we know that more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve specific areas, including more support and training for family …

CT Governor Signs “Observation Status” Law

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy – Guest Blog by Frances Trelease – Good news for seniors requiring hospital stays: Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed into law an “observation status” bill, HB 5535, that requires hospitals to tell patients whether their stay is classified as “observation status” or as traditional inpatient.  This distinction is important.  The legislation, which takes effect October 1, 2014 and is supported by AARP-CT, empowers patients by making them aware of those hospital health care costs that will be passed on to them, …

AARP 2014 Legislative Wins in Connecticut

Posted on 06/3/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy Despite a “short” legislative session in Connecticut this year, AARP fought successfully for the passage of a number of bills that will benefit older state residents by helping to save consumers money on their electric bills, expand access to high-quality health care, help older workers and the long-term unemployed get back to work, and promote personal retirement savings.  We’re pleased that the final budget for SFY 2014-2015 included additional funding to double the number of people receiving services under the CT Home Care Program for People …

A Boost for Leaving Nursing Homes

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

Advocacy By Natalie Missakian Julie Cardona has nothing but praise for the care she received at Aurora Senior Living of Cromwell, the nursing home where she lived for more than a year while recovering from damaged lungs. But despite the great nurses and staff, she chafed at the regimentation of the home’s schedule. She couldn’t leave without a family member signing her out.  And Cardona couldn’t play her accordion at the times she wanted—a huge sacrifice for the lifelong musician. “I …

Connecticut AARP Leaders Press Congress on Issues Vital to Older Americans

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy AARP Connecticut volunteers and staff are visiting Capitol Hill today during Older Americans Month to urge CT’s Congressional delegation to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, which can help Americans live their best lives.  State Director Nora Duncan and volunteer State President, Laura Green, will make visits to the offices of U.S. Senator Chris Murphy D-CT, and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Rosa DeLauro, Jim Himes and Elizabeth Esty to discuss a variety of issues crucial to older Americans.        “This …