Senate Candidates Offered Historic Debate Opportunity at Centre College

Posted on 07/17/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Advocacy AARP joins Centre College and WAVE3 News  in proposing Kentucky Senate Debate, offers  historic opportunity to discuss financial security issues for Kentuckians. In Danville, AARP Kentucky, Centre College and WAVE3 News unveiled Kentucky’s first Senatorial Debate proposal offering statewide media coverage. Senator Mitch McConnell and Secretary of State Alison Lundergran Grimes have received countless offers to debate, but none offering Kentuckians the same opportunity to hear the candidates in their own words. Centre College has hosted two Vice Presidential debates …

Older Kentuckians want protections against age discrimination

Posted on 05/29/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Advocacy Older Kentuckians strongly support bipartisan legislation to fight age discrimination  Older Kentuckians overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The poll last month of registered voters 50 and older found a remarkable 82 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA). Significantly, 60 percent of ALL those interviewed said they “strongly” endorsed the bill.  In contrast, only 10 percent oppose passage, the survey reported. “This AARP survey confirms …

General Assembly approves caregiving study to examine needs of Kentuckians

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Advocacy  The General Assembly recognizes the growing needs of family caregivers, calls for new research to examine present and future needs.  Senate Concurrent Resolution 102 tasks the Legislative Research Commission to conduct a study on family caregiving and long-term supports and services in Kentucky and deliver recommendations by December 2014.  This is a big win for the 735,000 Kentuckians who are caregivers for a loved one, providing an estimated 704 million hours of care at an estimated value of $7.1 billion. …

Share Your Story of Caregiving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP is asking Kentuckians caring for frail family members to share their stories. AARP advocates will use the stories to explain caregivers’ needs to legislators and reporters. More than one million unpaid caregivers in Kentucky provided more than 700 million hours of care to relatives and friends in 2009, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. “If family caregivers were no longer available, the economic cost to Kentucky’s health and long-term care systems would rise astronomically,” said Jim Kimbrough, AARP …

Capitol Update: 2014 General Assembly Action

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Advocacy Now more than half way through Kentucky’s 2014 General Assembly, AARP Kentucky grassroots are fighting on priority issues being debated.  Listed below are updates on AARP Kentucky’s key issues. Your support is welcomed and needed to help inform lawmakers of what is important to you. Contacting your state lawmakers is an important part of the process in Frankfort.  AARP Kentucky urges you to make a call, send an email or write to your legislators in support of these issues. The General …

Senate Committee Moves Family Caregiving Study Forward

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Advocacy AARP is fighting to help seniors live independently and for the family caregivers who make it possible for them to stay in their homes. In any given year an estimated 735,000 Kentuckians are caregivers for a loved one. These family caregivers are the backbone of the state’s long term care system providing unpaid assistance to Kentucky’s elderly and vulnerable citizens. They provide an estimated 704 million hours of care at an estimated value of $7.1 billion. Following discussion and testimony by …