Rate Hikes a Slap in the Face to Customers

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Wisconsin We’re very frustrated and disappointed after our state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) last week ignored the objections of more than 1,100 Dane County residents and granted Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) permission to raise its fixed monthly rates from $10.44 to $19 starting next year. MGE’s proposal does call for reducing its hourly usage rate by a few cents. But the PSC estimates the monthly rate increase coupled with the hourly rate decrease will translate to a $3 increase in …

Madison Named Best City in U.S. for Aging

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Wisconsin   The Milken Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank, just released its first-of-its-kind index of the “Best Cities for Successful Aging,” and 11 Wisconsin metro areas are on the list, including Madison, which was ranked number one. The index measures and ranks the performance of 352 U.S. metropolitan areas in promoting and enabling successful aging. Madison topped the list for large metro areas, while Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis was ranked number 29. Nine Wisconsin metro areas named to the “small metro” list …

I Heart Caregivers in Wisconsin

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Wisconsin Across Wisconsin, more than 766,000 unsung heroes care for parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, friends, and other loved ones – helping them stay at home, with dignity, as they age. This silent army helps with bathing and dressing, transportation, meal preparation, and even complicated medical tasks like wound care and medication management. They are family caregivers. AARP recently launched a new initiative called I Heart Caregivers to recognize and honor family caregivers who give their hearts each and every day; to share their …

Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Wisconsin The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period is an important opportunity for Wisconsinites who have coverage through the Marketplace to review your plan and compare options to make sure your plan still works for you. This is also an important opportunity for people who do not have health insurance to get coverage. If you are uninsured, the Marketplace is where you can go to shop for coverage and find a plan that fits your needs. And you may be able …

Here’s How to Support Vets all Year Long

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Local Resources | Volunteering | Wisconsin Honoring the sacrifices our military men and women made to keep our country free should extend far beyond the few hours we spend each year on salutes, tributes and speeches on Veterans Day and Memorial Day. There are so many more ways to say thanks. Just ask Richard Crary of Beloit, who still has a lump in his throat as he recalls his trip to Washington D.C. last May. Richard took part in VetsRoll, which provides free four-day charter coach transportation, …

Good at Math? Like Helping People?

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | Wisconsin By Larry Sussman On his first day as a Tax-Aide volunteer, Bill Best helped a woman in her 80s. He asked if she wanted the refund check mailed to her or automatically deposited in the bank. “I want to feel the paper,” the woman said without hesitation. “That set the tone for me, and I knew that I would like the work,” said Best, 70, of Wauwatosa, a coordinator for four sites in the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Wisconsin. …