You’re Invited to Democracy Day 2015 on February 12

Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Utah Democracy Day 2015 is set for Thursday, February 12, and AARP Utah is excited to partner with the Community Action Partnership (CAP) of Utah and invite the public to the Utah State Capitol for a morning of citizen action.  The event is free, but we ask you to register here. This year’s Democracy Day will begin at 8:30 am with breakfast in the Capitol Rotunda with state legislators.  Attendees will provide their address upon registration so they can be seated with …

AARP Utah Legislative Priorities for 2015

Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Utah  With the new year comes another new Utah legislative session, and AARP Utah is ready to advocate for key issues critical to residents 50 and older.  AARP priorities in 2015 will focus on policies that help protect the health and financial security of Utahns who need it the most. “With 212,000 members in Utah, AARP is the state’s largest advocacy organization looking out for the interests of individuals age 50 and older,” said AARP Utah State Director Alan Ormsby.  “As …

AARP Utah Recognizes Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Senator Brian Shiozawa as Utah Capitol Caregivers

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Press | Utah (Midvale, UT) To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Utah, AARP named Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Senator Brian Shiozawa as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and 3 governors from 19 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Utahns to live independently at home—where they want to be. Representative Chavez-Houck and Senator Shiozawa will be formally recognized for this honor today at the …

AARP Utah Supports Governor Herbert’s Healthy Utah Plan

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Utah Back in the 1940s AARP’s founder, retired educator Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, found a former teacher living in a chicken coop because she could afford nothing else. Dr. Andrus couldn’t ignore the need for health and financial security in America and set the wheels in motion for what would become AARP. She also pioneered the idea of insuring teachers as a group to make coverage accessible and affordable, approaching 50 different insurance companies before she found one that would go along …

Legislative Goal: Help More Workers Save for Retirement

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

Advocacy | Money & Work | Utah AARP is backing legislation that could help more Utahns build retirement savings through payroll deductions. More than half of Utah workers lack access to an employer-sponsored savings plan. With the decline of traditional pensions and limited access to 401(k) plans, many people are not building adequate savings for retirement. The Employee Benefit Research Institute found workers earning between $30,000 and $50,000 were 15 times more likely to save for retirement if they had a plan at work than those without …

Life Reimagined in Utah: He Un-retired and Found a World of Need

Posted on 12/31/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Money & Work | Utah | Volunteering by Lee Benson of the Deseret News Every day he goes to the office and stares face-first at poverty and need — and he’s never felt so fulfilled in his life. Working at the Utah Food Bank was never Jim Yorgason’s dream job, it’s just turned out that way. His dream job was television, and that came first. Born in Ogden in 1951, Jim and TV grew up together. He majored in communications and business at Weber State and then …