AARP Alabama offering a paid internship in Montgomery

Posted on 10/1/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Uncategorized   Current college students are encouraged to apply for a paid internship with AARP Alabama at our state office in Montgomery. The focus of this internship will be Community Outreach. More details and application instructions are available at this link: Alabama Community Outreach Internship For questions, please contact Anne Hails at

Seeking Limits on Payday Lenders

Posted on 10/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Finances 50+ | Home & Family The median income in Alabama is among the lowest in the nation, and that attracts predatory lenders. Such lenders take advantage of low-income people’s desperate needs for quick cash to buy food or pay rent by offering loans at sky-high interest rates. Payday lenders offer short-term loans that—if repeatedly renewed—can end up costing the borrower as much as 456 percent interest in a year. Title lenders can collect up to 300 percent per year in interest, secured with the title …

Statement from Candace Williams, AARP Alabama interim state director, on passage of the 2016 General Fund budget

Posted on 09/16/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Advocacy | Uncategorized “Tonight, the Alabama Legislature passed a 2016 General Fund Budget that cuts the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS) by 4.6%. While this is a reduction from the cut of 9% that was passed by the House last Friday, it is still a very disappointing outcome for Alabama’s seniors. At a time when both the senior population in Alabama and the need for senior services are rapidly growing, this cut to ADSS is particularly painful and imprudent. We will be …

AARP Alabama co-sponsoring Fall Shred-A-Thons and electronics recycling in Birmingham area

Posted on 09/15/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Community | Events AARP Alabama and WBRC Fox 6 are teaming up once again for Shred-A-Thon events in the month of October. And this time, we’re also holding an electronics recycling event so that you can safely dispose of those items as well. And here’s where you can help: We need volunteers to assist with the paper shredding events in Springville on October 12, and in Bessemer on October 28 (details are below). We’ll provide food and refreshments. If you’re interested in volunteering, …

AARP Alabama urges Legislature to reverse cuts to vital Senior Services

Posted on 09/14/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Uncategorized On Friday, September 11, the Alabama House passed a General Fund budget that includes a 9% cut to the Alabama Department of Senior Services (ADSS). This deep cut to ADSS will have devastating consequences for Alabama’s seniors and their families. ADSS provides critical services for seniors under the Medicaid waiver program, including meals on wheels, prescription assistance, home health aides, and respite care for caregivers. Without these vital support services, many at-risk seniors will be unable to remain in their homes, …

AARP Alabama joins more than 200 organizations in calling for solution to state budget crisis

Posted on 09/8/2015 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Uncategorized With the Alabama Legislature going into a second special session today, AARP Alabama has joined more than 200 organizations, health care providers, and faith-based groups and churches across our state in urging the Legislature to find an equitable solution to the General Fund budget deficit. AARP Alabama has been particularly focused on fighting potential cuts to services that are critically important to older Alabamians and their families. “Alabama’s seniors and their families are depending on our leaders to solve this budget crisis,” …