Easing the Burden on Family Caregivers

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP Missouri is encouraging state lawmakers to ease the burden on Missourians caring for loved ones at home. The resolution would establish a task force to identify policies, programs and resources that could help family caregivers throughout the state. The recommendations could improve Missouri’s ranking—currently 35th—in a recent state scorecard on long-term services and supports. For details, go to longtermscorecard.org. In addition, volunteers with the AARP Missouri speakers bureau are giving “Caring for the Caregiver” presentations to groups of 20 …

AARP Missouri Welcomes New Associate State Director for Advocacy

Posted on 12/29/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Advocacy Jay Hardenbrook has joined the AARP Missouri team as the new Associate State Director for Advocacy.  Jay has worked in public policy for the last fourteen years and last worked for the Missouri Budget Project as their policy director. Jay possesses an extensive knowledge of Missouri’s budget process and has a depth of knowledge in health care, consumer and utility issues. He has spent years building relationships with House and Senate leadership, members of the Ways and Means Committees and …

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 …