AARP Massachusetts Praises State Senators for Support of Uniform Adult Guardianship Act (UAGPPJA)

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | Massachusetts | Comments

Advocacy Excellent news! Massachusetts is one step closer to joining 38 other states in passing the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA), and adopting a model set of rules to make it easier for family caregivers to provide care across state lines. “Thanks to the leadership of Senator Gale Candaras, Senate President Therese Murray and the unanimous support of the Massachusetts Senate, Massachusetts has made significant progress on the passage of the UAGPPJA to provide uniformity and reduce …

AARP Massachusetts Issues Statement on State Fiscal 2015 Budget

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Advocacy In reaction to this week’s passage by the Massachusetts Legislature of the $36.5 billion Fiscal Year 2015 state budget proposal, Michael E. Festa, state director of AARP Massachusetts – which serves more than 800,000 residents age 50 and older in the Commonwealth – issued the following statement: “AARP commends the Massachusetts Legislature for funding key provisions central to the health, safety, and financial security of the state’s 50+ population. “The vast majority of older Americans want to live independently, at home and in …

New State Scorecard Shows Progress in Serving Older, Disabled Medicaid Recipients in Home and Community-Based Care Settings

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

Advocacy But more must be done to improve long-term services and supports, especially for Family Caregivers Massachusetts ranks 18th nationwide when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP warns more must be done, at a greatly accelerated pace, to bolster support for family caregivers, balance funding, and improve transitions from nursing homes to community-based care.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term …

Attend Our Free Information Session on Caregiving, Legal Guardianship

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Advocacy Are you the caregiver of a loved one who lives in another state? If so, you may know that if the person you care for becomes unable to manage personal decisions, a court may appoint a guardian to make decisions about property, medical care, living arrangements, and financial issues. Perhaps you’re already the legal guardian of someone in another state? In either case, you’ll want to learn more about uniform guardianship laws — and why it’s so important for Massachusetts to pass such legislation. Massachusetts …

AARP Volunteers from Massachusetts, All Other States Press Congress on Issues Vital to 50+ During Older Americans Month

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

Advocacy Issues Include Bipartisan Older Americans Act, Medicare, Age Discrimination, Transportation Safety and More    Today, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP volunteers and staff from every state are visiting Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to urge their elected representatives to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives. AARP Massachusetts State Director Mike Festa and state President Linda Fitzgerald plan to visit the offices of Senators Edward Markey (D-MA)and Elizabeth Warren …

Advocacy Alert: Email Your Senator to Support Important Amendments in Budget Vote this Week

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Advocacy Beginning Wednesday, May 21, 2014, the Massachusetts State Senate will begin debate on numerous budgetary line items and amendments as the legislative body moves toward a final vote on the Commonwealth’s Fiscal 2015 budget. AARP Massachusetts is keeping a watchful eye on the following important budget amendments, which include programs and services of special interest to Massachusetts residents age 50+ and their families: Amendment #99: The Uniform Adult Guardianship amendment would establish the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction …