Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Minnesota

Posted on 11/6/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Home & Family An excerpt from Christeen’s story: As a 94 year of age widow ,of five years, I have been a “receiver” from my daughter who as a single mom, did a wonderful job of raising three sons alone. My husband needed home care for several months, then had Home Hospice care for three weeks before he passed away. My daughter is a Home Health Nurse-Case Manager and supplied the help needed to keep him home. She now gives me the needed …

Have Your Say on Utility Increases

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Home & Family Right now, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is considering a request by Xcel Energy to increase the electric bills of around 1 million consumers by 12.5% The Facts of the Request: This is the 6th rate increase filed since 2005 by Xcel. If approved, around 1 million Xcel customers will have had their utility bill increased 7 times in a 10 year span. Xcel’s proposal is a two-year rate increase that would increase the average residential electric bill by …

So Much More Than a Box of Books

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Pamela Schmid Kay Stoffels has been around books nearly all her life, working for decades as a librarian before health issues forced her to retire. So the idea of putting a dollhouse-size library in her own front yard naturally appealed to her, except for one thing: the price tag. “Money isn’t very plentiful, and I couldn’t afford to do it,” said Stoffels, 72, of St. Paul, who suffers from severe scoliosis. When Stoffels learned she could set up a …

Take Charge of Your Financial Future in the Twin Cities

Posted on 04/28/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Home & Family Financial Security @ 50+: Taking Charge of Your Future AARP is working to ensure you have the financial security you need to take charge of your future and live independently as you age.  Whether you are still working to fund the retirement you want, or you’re providing care for an aging parent while balancing all of life’s other responsibilities, AARP wants you to have access to the tools needed for a secure financial future. We also want you to not …

Taking on Utility Rate Hikes

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family   By Mary Van Beusekom When Dale Jeske of New Hope heard about a proposed CenterPoint Energy rate hike last fall, he took out paper and penned a letter to the Public Utilities Commission. The retired accountant and his wife, Vivian, both 87, live on Social Security and are concerned about not being able to afford to heat their home. “It’s harder to budget money when everything is going up,” he said. “I think they should bite the bullet and …

AARP FOCUSED ON FINANCIAL SECURITY DURING 2014 SESSION

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

Home & Family 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 …