Recognizing Bayou State’s Great Places

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family What’s great about living in Louisiana? Thanks to some civic-minded groups in the Bayou State, there’s a lot to appreciate. AARP Louisiana’s Livable Communities Council joined with the nonprofit Center for Planning Excellence and the state Office of Lieutenant Governor to honor three groups with “Great Places in Louisiana” awards and $1,500 checks. The 2014 winners were the ReFresh Project, a New Orleans fresh food hub; Where Ya’ Rack?, which provides bike racks to encourage people to pedal; and Friends …

2014 Great Places in Louisiana Announced

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Home & Family AARP’s Livable Communities Council, the Center for Planning Excellence and the Lt. Governor’s Office announced today that Abita Springs Friends of the Park, the ReFresh Project, and the Young Leadership Council’s Where Ya’ Rack? are this year’s winners of Great Places in Louisiana. “This year’s winners have tackled old problems with new, creative approaches that set them apart.  Each winner has successfully linked development and redevelopment with healthy, active living and have renewed the social benefits of the Louisiana outdoors,” …

Taking on Electricity Rate Hikes

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Residents of Algiers, a community in New Orleans, will see an increase in their utility bills—but it could have been worse had AARP Louisiana not stepped in to rein in the hike. In 2013, Entergy Louisiana filed a request with the New Orleans City Council to raise rates for customers in Algiers by 42 percent over three years. AARP fought the proposal, bringing the total increase down from $12.9 million to $9.3 million, with the added cost phased in over …

Medicare 101: What Caregivers Need to Know Webinar

Posted on 10/29/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Home & Family Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 Time: 2:00 PM EDT Duration: 1 hour Do you have a parent, grandparent, or loved one who might be eligible for Medicare? Register for this upcoming webinar to learn about Medicare as a person providing support and care for elder parents, grandparents, or other loved ones. From paperwork to policies, perks, and pitfalls, this webinar offers exclusive access to AARP Family & Health Experts to discuss all things Medicare—and to answer your questions live. If …

Louisiana ranks 37th in long-term care services and supports

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

Home & Family Louisiana ranks 37th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve across-the-board – but especially when it comes to quality of care and quality of life, and effective transitions. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on …

Honk If You Hear Me! Three Tips on Hearing and Driving

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee Honking horns, emergency vehicle sirens and engines: what do all of these sounds have in common? You need to hear all of them while driving. Safe driving relies on good vision and good hearing. Our ability to hear something before we see it helps us respond more quickly to potential danger. But over time, our hearing may diminish and we might start to miss cues that we used to hear. According to the National Institutes of …