Solving Hunger: Finding Those Who Need Help

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Mary Van Beusekom During her year working for AARP Minnesota, Lynne McMullen learned that hunger can appear in unexpected ways: “Senior hunger is often an invisible problem. Hunger can look like obesity because you don’t have the money to eat healthy food.” McMullen joined the AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger (endseniorhunger.aarp.org) as part of the national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps. Her task as an outreach coordinator was to identify ways to reach Minnesotans who may go hungry but …

Financial Security the Hallmark of a Successful 2014 Session

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

Health & Wellbeing AARP’s priority this session was fighting for legislation that addresses the financial security of the 50+ population. Our top two priorities were: Enhancing retirement security through the Minnesota Secure Choice plan. Helping caregivers balance workplace and eldercare responsibilities.   Enhancing Retirement Security Minnesota Secure Choice Feasibility Study Enacted This year AARP helped passed legislation to study the feasibility of developing a new Minnesota Secure Choice in Retirement Plan that will enable more workers to save for retirement at work by …

AARP FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL SECURITY DURING 2014 SESSION

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP’s focus during the 2014 Legislative Session will be strengthening the financial security of Minnesotans.  Whether nearing retirement, or putting their kids through college, AARP is fighting to put financial security within reach for Minnesotans who work hard and plan for their future. In order to strengthen the financial security of all Minnesotans, including unpaid family caregivers, and protect utility customers from unfair price increases and the possibility that they could lose land line telephone service, AARP is focusing on …

AARP Focused on Financial Security for Unpaid Family Caregivers

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Today, more than 42 million family caregivers provide an estimated $450 billion in unpaid care for their loved ones.  The estimated value of the care provided by family and friends in Minnesota is $8.9 billion annually. As the population ages, the number of workers providing care for their aging parents or relatives is on the rise. Family caregivers often struggle to balance work and family care giving responsibilities that can create financial hardship especially when caregivers lose income or have …

Using SNAP to Eat Healthy Over the Holidays

Posted on 11/27/2013 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Greetings! It’s Lynne again, with a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  (SNAP) outreach message for the holiday season. As the weather transitions each fall, I find myself missing fresh berries, carrots and lettuce taken straight from my family’s garden.  This autumn, one of AARP Foundation’s SNAP outreach volunteers gave my transition from greens to squash, and berries to apples a new perspective.  This woman, whom I’ll call Anne, receives SNAP benefits to supplement her modest income from Social Security retirement.  While …

Fighting Hunger and Promoting Healthy Foods in South Minneapolis

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Hi again.  It’s Lynne, and I am settling into my AmeriCorps VISTA assignment doing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Outreach with AARP Foundation. Earlier this fall, I joined the AARP Minnesota staff for a service project.  Since my work has helped my colleagues learn about hunger among Minnesotans aged 50 and older, we decided to focus AARP’s annual Day of Service on providing healthy food to individuals in need.   Since promoting SNAP as a tool to maintain a nutritious diet is …