— AARP Connecticut – the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization in the state with nearly 600,000 members – announces the appointment of Cheshire resident Dr. Wayne Detzler as its new Volunteer State President. Dr. Detzler currently serves as the resident chaplain at Elim Park, where he also helped found the retirement community’s post-acute care and rehabilitation program. His current position at Elim Park is a continuation of a lifelong enthusiasm for teaching and assisting people. Dr. Detzler’s professional and volunteer work …

— You’re invited to AARP’s Capitol Report, providing you with an up-to-the-minute report on the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. Hear more about AARP’s work to support family caregivers.  In addition, we’re ensuring that current retirement programs are preserved, working toward property tax relief, protecting vulnerable adults, and supporting more options allowing people to live safely in their own homes as they age. Learn more about what is happening in the North Dakota Legislature and how you can get involved. There is …

— In just the past month, several elderly North Dakotans have fallen victim to the “grandparent” scam, each losing thousands of dollars to scam artists who pretended to be a grandchild supposedly in a dire situation and in desperate need of money. The grandparent scam is one of the common “imposter” scams that have been circulating in the state for several years, along with the Fake IRS call and the phony Sweepstakes/Lottery win. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has issued numerous warnings …

—   Philadelphia resident Joanne Grossi has recently been appointed as AARP Pennsylvania’s State President. In her new role, Grossi will help shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson in Pennsylvania. Grossi brings more than 30 years’ experience in public health, public policy and legislative affairs to her new position. Most recently, she served as a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked with federal, …

—   St. Petersburg, Fla. – An overwhelming 89 percent of St. Petersburg residents think their city is a good place to live as they grow older, a new survey by AARP Florida reveals. But there are aspects of living longer in St. Petersburg that could be better, and a new city initiative launching Feb. 11 – part of a global movement to prepare for longer lifespans — aims to identify and improve those areas. The survey, conducted in 2016, is …

— AARP Connecticut, on behalf of nearly 614,000 Connecticut members age 50+, is concerned about the impact of the Malloy Administration budget proposal on vulnerable seniors. People want to age in their homes – in a community of their choice.  In addition to being what people want, it is fiscally prudent.  A report by Health Management Associates shows that delivering home care is three times more cost-effective than taxpayer funded, institutional care, and that 88 percent of seniors prefer to age …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 02/07/2017 Contact:          Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director lparham@aarp.org 400-1026 Amy Gallant, AARP Maine Advocacy Director agallant@aarp.org 318-0284   AARP Maine Responds to Governor’s 2017 State-of-the-State Address: Raises Concerns of Mainers 50+ and Offers Policy Solutions   PORTLAND: AARP Maine is responding tonight to Governor Paul LePage’s State of the State address delivered this evening in Augusta. “Given Maine is the oldest state, AARP Maine appreciates the Governor’s concern for older Mainers,” said Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director. “However, policies that …

Affordable Utilities Now!

— St. Petersburg, Fla. – AARP Florida State Director Jeff Johnson issued the following statement urging AARP members and other consumers in the Panhandle to raise their voices on a proposed $106.8 million Gulf Power Co. rate increase. “AARP believes this proposed rate increase asks too much of residential ratepayers,” Johnson said.  The Gulf Power proposal would increase the fixed charge portion of bill, he noted, which is the amount that ratepayers pay regardless of whether they use any electricity. “That …

— AARP Connecticut will testify to members of the Connecticut Energy and Technology Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 7, on reasons the state legislature should not pass S.B 106, a bill providing special deals or subsidies to Dominion Resources for the Millstone Nuclear Power Station. Virginia-based Dominion Resources, operator of the Millstone Nuclear Power Station in Connecticut, says the plant is unprofitable and is seeking legislation to compensate for the losses. They claim the request is not for a ratepayer subsidy, but …

—   At AARP, we believe Medicare is a deal with the American people that must not be broken. Thankfully, President Trump repeatedly said during his historic campaign that he would not allow changes to this popular program.  “I am going to protect and save your Social Security and your Medicare,” he told voters. “You made a deal a long time ago. “ Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting on …