New Scorecard Ranks New Mexico 14th in the Nation For Serving Older Adults, Disabled

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy   A new scorecard on long-term services shows that while New Mexico ranks first in the amount it spends on Home and Community Based Services, it ranks 37 in support for family caregivers and 38 in the area of Quality of Life and Quality of Care. Overall the Scorecard gave the state a ranking of 14, but the individual indicators show what areas still need work.  “Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, …

Memorial Creates NM Task Force on Family Caregiving

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy In the last few minutes of the 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session, lawmakers endorsed the idea of developing a family caregiver state plan.  House Joint Memorial 4, sponsored by Rep. Tomás Salazar and shepherded through the Senate by Sen. Michael Padilla, was passed by the Senate 13 minutes before adjournment. “We hear over and over again that people, who are taking care of a loved one, don’t consider themselves caregivers. It’s just something they do,” said Gene Varela, AARP New …

What the New Health Law Really Means for You

Posted on 09/6/2013 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy By now almost everyone is familiar with the existence of the Affordable Care Act but what many people are still unclear about is what it will mean for them. AARP New Mexico will be conducting a series of discussions over the next few months about the new law to help people learn more about it. The first such session took place at the New Mexico Conference on Aging held in August at the Isleta Resort and Casino. “The Affordable Care …

Lend Your Voice to Strengthening Social Security, Medicare at Local Town Halls

Posted on 05/14/2013 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy AARP New Mexico will continue its efforts to make your voice heard in the discussions surrounding the future of Medicare and Social Security through a series of Town Hall meetings being conducted around the state throughout the summer and continuing this fall. “Politicians in Washington continue to look at cutting benefits for Social Security and Medicare as a means to reducing the deficit,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director. “AARP believes that the people who have paid into …

Volunteers Sought to Help Individuals Manage Monthly Bills

Posted on 04/9/2013 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy Did you know that there are low-income older adults and people with disabilities right in your own community who need your help to remain independent? If you could volunteer a few hours of your time each month, you could enable them to remain independent and in their own homes. For over 30 years, AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, has worked with local agencies to provide AARP Foundation’s Money Management Program in communities nationwide. This essential service uses trained volunteers to …

AARP NM Has Successful Legislative Session

Posted on 04/9/2013 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy AARP New Mexico had a very successful legislative session as several priority measures it supported were signed into law by Gov. Susana Martinez. “A number of these bills will benefit large segments of the state’s population,” said Jackie Cooper, AARP NM State President. “We thank both the Legislature and the governor for addressing issues like health care and pension reform that have long-term effects on many New Mexicans.” One of the issues that AARP was paying particular close attention to …