Celebrate Caregivers!

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy At any time during the year, more than 1,270,000 Missourians perform a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can remain in their homes. These family caregivers are sometimes on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and often they can’t even take a break. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s why we honor these unsung heroes for their labor of love during November: National Family …

Seeking Legislative Help for Family Caregivers

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

Advocacy When the General Assembly convenes in January, AARP Missouri will ask legislators to establish a committee to study how best to support family caregivers’ needs. The committee would evaluate existing services that help people continue to live at home as they age, and brainstorm new ways to assist caregivers. In 2009 some 865,000 caregivers provided about $8.9 billion worth of unpaid services in Missouri, an AARP study showed. “We need to work harder to support the thousands of Missourians who …

2014 Andrus Award for Community Service recipient honored

Posted on 10/6/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy   Judy Sherry of Kansas City was the recipient of the 2014 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service – the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. She was honored in a celebration was held at the Community Christian Church on September 17 in Kansas City. Sherry is a 74 year-old grandmother who, with another grandmother in Kansas, founded the Missouri Kansas Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAG) in September 2013. Sherry currently serves …

AARP Missouri Advocacy Director Retires

Posted on 10/6/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy Twenty-nine year employee Norma Collins hung up her legislative hat as Associate State Director for Advocacy in September and offered parting thoughts to share: “Arriving at AARP in 1985 was exciting. To have the opportunity to work for an organization that was celebrating the achievement of 20 million members was astounding at that time. Working in an area office (as they were called) serving seven states brings back memories of a cadre of volunteers working to “serve and not be …

Utility Watchdogs Eye Rate Requests

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Tim Poor For Elisabeth Boone, rising utility rates are literally hitting home. “I live in an old house that is not exactly tight,” said Boone, 68, from Brentwood. “I watch the rates go steadily up and up. I’ve watched my own utility bills go up.” That’s one reason Boone was among 70 volunteers who recently agreed to be watchdogs for a new AARP Missouri program that aims to get citizens involved in the public utilities’ rate process. “We do …

PSC Rejects Huge Rate Hike Request

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy In a proposal rejected by the state Public Service Commission (PSC), Missouri Gas Energy wanted to raise a fixed monthly charge from $28.10 to $40.95 during the coldest winter months and drop it to $26.88 in warmer months. AARP and other consumer advocates challenged the plan, saying it would provide little incentive for conservation and would make small households using less energy pay proportionately more. The fee is the same for all residential customers and is added to the cost …