— You’re invited to AARP’s Capitol Report, providing you with an up-to-the-minute report on the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. Hear more about AARP’s work to support family caregivers.  In addition, we’re ensuring that current retirement programs are preserved, working toward property tax relief, protecting vulnerable adults, and supporting more options allowing people to live safely in their own homes as they age. Learn more about what is happening in the North Dakota Legislature and how you can get involved. There is …

— Small changes in your home can make a big difference in your life. They can make your home a space that enables you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish. AARP is teaming up with Rebuilding Together Arlington – Fairfax …

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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 …

—   Social Security is constantly evolving to make your life easier. If you are currently receiving benefits from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and are reapplying for benefits, or are assisting someone with their application, a trip to the Social Security office is probably not necessary even if verification of Social Security benefits is needed. Because of a data exchange established between Social Security and HUD, most people do not need to contact Social Security for …

— Helping Mainers with Limited-Incomes Reduce Energy Costs AARP is partnering with Efficiency Maine to get the word out about incentives to make your home more energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable. This week we’re writing about opportunities for limited-income households, for which energy costs can be a particular burden. Incentives through Efficiency Maine’s low income program can help reduce these costs. Read on for multiple ways to upgrade your home: Are you interested in lowering heating costs and making your home …

— AARP and the Colorado School and Public Employee Retirement Association are sponsoring an Essay Contest with the title “My Grandparents are the best grandparents in the world!”  Essays will be judged by CSPERA members and the results will be announced by April 14, 2017.  There will be a first- and second-place winner in each of the four CSPERA State Divisions:  the Metro Division, the Northeast Division, the Southern Division, and the Western Division.   Each winner will receive as follows: First Place – A …

— Here is an update on legislation intended to support North Dakota’s 62,100 unpaid family caregivers before the 2017 North Dakota Legislature: The Caregiver Advise Record and Enable (CARE) Act was introduced in the Senate as Senate Bill 2215. The CARE Act would ensure that family caregivers are kept informed and are provided with an explanation and a demonstration of the medical tasks they are expected to perform at home after a loved one is discharged from a hospital. Research shows …

— Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of Wyoming Residents AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Wyomingites who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to …

— Dick Weinman is an AARP volunteer and an Assisted Living Guru In the decade that I have been an inmate in an Assisted Living Facility (ALF), I have endured “…the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune… and have …taken arms against [them], and by opposing – ACCOMPLISHING NOT A DAMN THING. My experience forces me to realize – in an ALF – the Pen is not mightier than the System. I rallied for tissues on tables in the dining room, …

— At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. During his campaign, President Donald Trump repeatedly stated his commitment to prevent changes to Medicare.  “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 members of Congress to follow the president’s …