Memorial Creates NM Task Force on Family Caregiving

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

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

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

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 …

Host of Volunteers Move AARP New Mexico Legislative Agenda Foward

Host of Volunteers Move AARP New Mexico Legislative Agenda Foward

Posted on 01/7/2013 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy With the 2013 New Mexico Legislature underway, like most interested parties, AARP New Mexico will have a slew of individuals lobbying on behalf of its legislative priorities – with a couple of big differences. One, AARP’s individuals are the legislators’ own constituents, the very people any new laws will impact, and second, they are all volunteers. Each year during the legislative session, AARP has about 30 volunteers who work the session on the Association’s behalf focusing on the areas of …