Support Family Caregivers with the CARE Act

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Press The vast majority of older Americans want to live independently at home. In order to do so, they often rely exclusively on unpaid family caregivers for help. In Minnesota, more than 670,000 family caregivers are helping their loved ones live independently – keeping them in their homes and out of costly institutions, such as nursing homes. These unsung heroes provide unpaid care valued at about $8.2 billion annually. As a state Minnesota can and should do more to support our …

Alexandria Senior Leader Named Minnesota AARP Volunteer of the Year

Posted on 10/27/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Press Kathryn LeRoy LeBrasseur of Alexandria was presented with the 2014 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service at an awards reception held at the Senior Community Center today. The award honors Minnesotans over the age of 50 who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. As part of the award, AARP made a $1,000 donation to the Alexandria Senior Community Center. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important …

Minnesota’s 50+ Population Driving State Economy

Posted on 09/26/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Press AARP recently released an economic analysis, compiled by Oxford Economics, which sought to quantify the economic impact of American consumers over the age of 50 years of age.  Dubbed the “Longevity Economy” the report looks at the sum of all economic activity serving the needs of Americans over 50 and including both the products and services they purchase directly and the further economic activity this spending generates. In Minnesota, people over 50 contribute to the economy in a positive, outsize …

Regular Minnesotans Speaking Out on Utility Costs

Posted on 06/17/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Press Xcel Energy is asking more than 1 million Minnesota residents to pay 12.5% more for their electricity over the next two years.  The price hike will increase the average Xcel customer’s bill by $123 by 2016.  Rather than simply accepting their ever increasing utility bills, hundreds of Minnesotans are making their voices heard at the Public Utilities Commission.  Here are two individuals who shared their stories with us. Shirlee from Minneapolis   Steve from Forest Lake If you are an …

Have Your Say on Utility Increases

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

Press 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 …

AARP NAMES JIM SCHEIBEL MINNESOTA VOLUNTEER STATE PRESIDENT

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

Press ST.PAUL – AARP Minnesota today announced the appointment of Jim Scheibel of St. Paul to the two-year position of State President – the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has more than 650,000 members statewide and nearly 40 million members nationwide. Scheibel, the former mayor of St. Paul, was appointed to the position by AARP Midwest Regional Volunteer Director Dean Clough,and will begin his role immediately. “Jim truly embodies everything AARP is striving to achieve on …