Task force releases recommendations to plan for Nebraska’s aging population

Posted on 12/15/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Home & Family  The Aging Nebraskans Task Force today released recommendations to plan for the future of the state’s rapidly aging population. The number of Nebraskans age 65 and over is projected to grow from 246,277 in 2010 to 324,697 in 2020 – a 31.6% increase. “Long term planning is the best strategy for promoting high quality of life for seniors in Nebraska while also maintaining good stewardship of state dollars. Promoting home and community based care, personal responsibility for financial planning, and …

Nebraska state senators named to national list of “Capitol Caregivers”

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Home & Family To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Nebraska, AARP names State Senators Kate Bolz of Lincoln and Sue Crawford of Bellevue as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and three governors from 19 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Nebraskans to live independently at home—where they want to be. “AARP thanks Senators Bolz and Crawford for championing two important measures this year,” …

Going to Bat for State Residents 50+

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family During the legislative session that begins Jan. 7, AARP Nebraska will focus on caregiving, long-term care and tax relief. AARP is pressing for a tax credit for Nebraskans who serve as a caregiver for someone in their home and who meet certain financial criteria. The state office also is seeking legislation to beef up the state’s aging and disability resource centers, which provide one-stop shopping for long-term care services. AARP Nebraska is recruiting volunteers to help with advocacy and boost …

Aging & Disability Resource Center a one-stop shop of information and assistance

Posted on 11/23/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Home & Family Below is AARP testimony presented on Nov. 13 to state senators who serve on the Aging Nebraskans Task Force regarding the need for an Aging and Disability Resource Center to serve older Nebraskans and their families. This issue will be a top legislative priority for AARP Nebraska in 2015. For more information, contact Mark Intermill at mintermill@aarp.org or 1-866-389-5651 toll free. “Good morning. My name is Glen Fewkes and I am a Legislative Representative in the Government Affairs Department of …

Taking care of your caregiver guilt

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Home & Family By Teresa Ann Thompson [Don’t forget November is Caregiver Month. The nation and our state recognize caregivers at this time. Two out of five adults are now considered family caregivers.] Most family caregivers I know have experienced guilt to some degree, either before, during, or after their time of service for their loved one. As a matter of fact, I would not hesitate to say we are experts at guilt, due to the nature of caregiving. There are myriads of …

Future geriatrician has calling to serve older adults

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Home & Family By Carmen Ochoa Thank You, AARP. When I first started college last fall, I knew that I enjoyed older people, and could see myself working with them as a professional. Now, less than a year later, I am confident in my path, and believe I have a calling to serve them. How can a little less than a year make such a big difference? The answer is easy. The answer is AARP. I came into this internship, a wide eyed …