Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Washington

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy By AARP State President Mike Tucker “One might think that the toughest part of caregiving would revolve around shopping, cooking, cleaning and other household duties, interspersed with organizing medications, but it’s not,” says Stuart.  “The greatest challenge is keeping a positive attitude, along with faith and hope, not only for the patient, but also for myself as caregiver,” he says. Stuart is one of more than 1.25 million Washingtonians who perform a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, …

How Will Your Elected Leaders Address the Age Wave? – Join us for a candidate forum in your community

Posted on 09/11/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy This January, a cast of new Senators and Representatives will descend on Olympia into a sea of policy and budget challenges. Before they get too distracted, let’s make sure they take note and recognize the Age Wave that is affecting our state. Today, 12 percent of Washingtonians are 65 plus. By 2030 that will grow to nearly 20 percent or one out of every five people in our state. The oldest older people are the fasted growing group – we …

You’ve earned a say about the future of Social Security – free events

Posted on 07/29/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy You’ve earned a say about the future of social security. Unfortunately, too many politicians aren’t listening. AARP believes you’ve paid into Social Security and you deserve a voice in the future of the program. That’s why we’re fighting to protect your hard-earned Social Security benefits and ensure the system stays strong for future generations. Join us for a discussion about the future of Social Security. We’ll be providing straightforward information about Social Security proposals that are being debated in Washington …

New Scorecard Gives Washington High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents – but caution remains

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy For Immediate Release June 19, 2014 Contacts:  Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Ingrid McDonald / 206-330-6531 New Scorecard Gives Washington High Marks for Serving Older, Disabled Residents Advocates caution that more work is needed to support families who need long term care Seattle – A new report shows that Washington State’s long term care system ranks 2nd in the nation, but AARP and other aging advocates caution that budget pressures threaten to turn the clock backwards on Washington’s high quality and …

The Vision: A Retirement Plan for All

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Vanessa Ho When Mark Mullet opened a pizzeria and an ice cream shop a few years ago, he wanted his employees to have a retirement savings plan like he’d had at his former banking jobs. Many of his staffers had been working for years, but had put away little. Every plan he looked at, however, was costly and difficult to set up. “It’s an expensive, painful and onerous process,” said Mullet, whose Zeeks Pizza and Ben & Jerry’s are …

Seattle Among Nation’s Most Walkable, But More Work Needed to Prevent Pedestrian Deaths

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Advocacy For Immediate Release: May 20, 2014 Contact: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Report finds street design plays role in tragic deaths SEATTLE, WA – The Seattle region is among the safest regions in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 49 of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. Over the decade from 2003 – 2012, 375 people were killed while walking in the Seattle. The report, Dangerous …