— By Bob Jackson As members of Congress return home to their districts in Texas this Presidents Day week, we – the citizens who put them in office — have an opportunity to remind them of this: Medicare is a deal that was made long ago with all Americans. Congress has a duty to protect it! Proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher system would take health care in precisely the wrong direction — pushing up costs for current and future …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2017 CONTACT: AARP Media, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia AARP Launches Campaign Urging Opposition to “Age Tax” Congressional Proposal Would Charge Older Americans Thousands of Dollars More for Health Insurance Washington, DC —AARP today launched a campaign against the “age tax,” a proposed unfair penalty on older adults that would line the pockets of big insurance companies, allowing them to charge older Americans over $3,000 more than they currently pay per year. .AARP launched a new series …

— (This is the third in a series of articles about Free Diabetes Self-Management Education classes in SC.) We all know that WHAT we eat has an impact on our health. However, did you know that HOW MUCH you eat is as important as WHAT you eat? A diet high in calories from any source can not only contribute to weight gain, but also can increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  Excess fat, especially around the waist, can also …

— AARP Arkansas State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener in a column published Feb. 13, 2017, in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette—”Wrong direction: Medicare vouchers a bad idea”—explains the serious risks that current and near-future retirees would face if Medicare is changed into a voucher system. Over 565,000 Arkansans are currently on Medicare and over 575,000 age 50 and older will enroll in the program in the next 15 years. The column ran on the Voices Page (5B of the Feb. 13 edition) and also can be …

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— Valentines Day is a time when people show feelings of love, affection and friendship. The story you are about to read is the real reason this romantic celebration is so touching to so many of us. We hope you enjoy reading this letter sent by one of our members. To whom it may concern at AARP:  I am writing to tell you about my wife of 13 years, Louise Picco-Branney. This is a second marriage for both of us. I …

— In our quest to understand and improve brain health, the old adage remains true: What’s good for the heart is good for the brain. Managing high cholesterol is a smart thing to do to take care of your heart; but it also may be important for brain health.  The relationship between high cholesterol and risk of dementia has been relatively unclear, but a recent study sheds new light. Researchers from Australia examined 34 research studies on high cholesterol and risk …

—   St. Petersburg, Fla. – An overwhelming 89 percent of St. Petersburg residents think their city is a good place to live as they grow older, a new survey by AARP Florida reveals. But there are aspects of living longer in St. Petersburg that could be better, and a new city initiative launching Feb. 11 – part of a global movement to prepare for longer lifespans — aims to identify and improve those areas. The survey, conducted in 2016, is …

— Conscious Aging is an eight-week series about embracing aging and living and passionate and fulfilling mature life. The program, offered by the Denver Public Library, is facilitated by Catherine Dockery, MA*, and is held every Monday at 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 27, 2017. Check out this groundbreaking series of workshops on how to transform the aging process at the Schlessman Family Library, 100 Poplar St. Denver, CO 80220.  This eight-part series will explore a variety of topics to enable people to come …

— Diverse coalition of 20 organizations represents consumer, business and health care stakeholders A group of diverse organizations representing consumers and business, and a broad range of health care stakeholders have come together to form the Coalition for Health Care Access. This group of 20 business and consumer-advocacy groups, including AARP, Center for Public Policy Priorities, Texas Association of Business and the Texas Public Policy Foundation are supporting HB 1415 and SB 681, which will expand access to health care by …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. President Trump repeatedly said during his campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program. “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago.” Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on Congress to follow the …