Our Volunteers Are the Engine That Drives Us

Our Volunteers Are the Engine That Drives Us

Posted on 04/5/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy According to recent AARP research, roughly 63 million Americans volunteer with an organization in their community every year. That is an astounding number of individuals who give freely of their time, energy, and passion to help individuals in need and strengthen our communities. This year, we join others in celebrating National Volunteer Week (April 6-12) as a way to recognize the spirit of volunteerism wherever it may be embodied and the positive impact volunteers have made in our communities, our …

Bill Helps Wisconsinites Fund Their Future

Bill Helps Wisconsinites Fund Their Future

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy Throughout his entire working life, Jim Lamont of Milton has tried to play by the rules so that he and his wife Wilma could enjoy their retirement without worrying whether they’d be able to make ends meet. Jim worked for one of Wisconsin’s better known employers for much of his career and was self-employed at other times. He saved for retirement and even participated in a 401(k) plan when one was available to him. But for Jim and many others …

Tell Legislators to Back Bills to Help Seniors, Disabled

Tell Legislators to Back Bills to Help Seniors, Disabled

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy By Rex Owens, AARP Wisconsin Volunteer Advocate Throughout our entire 50-plus-year history, we at AARP have always supported independence for seniors and people with disabilities. That’s because our quality of life is so closely connected to our ability to live and get around town.  One key element of that independence – especially since seniors are more active and living longer – is to remain mobile within our own communities as long as possible. Maintaining access to medical services, shopping, recreation, religious …

AARP Wisconsin's 2014 State Legislative Priorities

AARP Wisconsin’s 2014 State Legislative Priorities

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy All Wisconsinites deserve the opportunity to age with dignity in their own homes and communities – secure in the knowledge that their health, safety, finances and long-term care are well taken care of. That’s why we will continue to push for legislation that makes life better for all of us as we age. Here’s what we’re focusing on in 2014: FINANCIAL SECURITY IN RETIREMENT Baby Boomers across Wisconsin and the country are learning the hard way that Social Security alone …

AARP to Supreme Court: Rein-in Voter ID Law

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy Today Wisconsin’s State Supreme Court heard arguments on challenges to the state’s “Voter ID” law, which requires all citizens to present a government-issued photo identification  when they vote. Shortly after the law was enacted in 2011, an  appeals court ruling put a temporary hold on the provision that required election clerks to ask people to show photo identification at the polls. We at AARP Wisconsin want that provision permanently lifted. We are urging the high court not to impose on the rights of voters who have no access …

Pensions-for-all Bill Another Piece to Retirement Puzzle

Pensions-for-all Bill Another Piece to Retirement Puzzle

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy Baby Boomers across Wisconsin and the country are learning the hard way what many retired folks already know all too well… …that Social Security alone is simply not enough to provide them with financial security in retirement. In fact, the average Social Security payment in Wisconsin is just over $1,100 per month for women and $1,500 per month for men. A shockingly large number of Wisconsinites rely on these payments for a majority of their family income. That’s one of …