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New AARP survey finds most consumers age 50-plus believe prescription medications are too expensive Washington, DC – The vast majority (81%) of adults age 50-plus say prescription drug prices are too high and nearly 9 in 10 (87%) want politicians to support efforts to make them more affordable, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute consumer survey. “This survey confirms what we expected: People want more affordable prescription drugs,” said AARP Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond. “The …

Return from Grief

Return from Grief workshop is free and open to the public. Thursday, April 28 5:30 – 7:30 pm Centennial Hall Hickel Room 101 Egan Drive, Juneau Although grief with loss is often unavoidable and indeed it can be crippling, grief is something that is possible to pass through and return from. At this event we hope to give participants the opportunity to think about grief and to receive advice from four Juneau experts, each with a different perspective on grief. …

Not as Prescribed

Betty Ford Center Expert Guides Families Facing Alcohol and Drug Misuse in Older Adults in New Book “Not As Prescribed is a valiant effort at helping concerned loved ones and caregivers of older adults understand the dynamics behind [drug and alcohol problems]. Getting my mom to treatment, and then a life of recovery, wasn’t easy, but it was a miracle to us. Every life is worth saving.” – Susan Ford Bales, daughter of Betty Ford   WASHINGTON, D.C. — Statistics …

CAREGIVING

For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016 Contact: Greg Phillips, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia AARP Backs Bipartisan Credit for Caring Act Introduced today in Congress, the bill offers a federal tax credit for family caregivers Washington, DC – AARP commends U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY) and U.S. Representative Linda Sanchez (D-CA) on the bipartisan introduction of H.R. 4708, the Credit for Caring Act, that supports America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit of up to $3,000 for those who qualify. This tax …

AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins (right) and AARP community ambassador and network broadcaster for CBS Sports and News, James Brown.

WASHINGTON, DC— Recognizing the milestone 50 represents, AARP recently launched “Fearless at 50,” a campaign to celebrate real people who are challenging outdated perceptions of what it means to be 50 and over. Through TV spots airing during the NFL playoffs on CBS and in the pregame of Super Bowl 50, the campaign features real people boldly trying new things or just feeling good about who they are. “I’m excited about this campaign because just as we do for those …

January – Make a Plan Goal for January: Understand what puts you at risk from disasters and take steps to lower your risk. Disasters change things. When an emergency happens you may have to decide what to do very quickly, when you are worrying about what might happen. By planning ahead, it will be easier to make the right decisions when the worst happens. Read more http://do1thing.com/topics/plan Do 1 Thing is a non-profit organization that wants to help build stronger …

Retirement Confidence Survey: A Secondary Analysis of the Findings from Respondents Age 50+                       by Alicia Williams and Jonathan Jackson, AARP Research, June 2015 This study presents the findings of a secondary analysis of the Employee Benefit Research Institute’s (EBRI) 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey (RCS). The goal of this study is to provide a better understanding of the retirement expectations, preparations, experiences and needs of Americans age 50 and over. The key findings from this study are as follows: Retirement Preparations …

FinSec-work and save

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16. 2015   CONTACT: AARP MEDIA RELATIONS, 202-434-2560, media@aarp.org, @AARPMedia   Important Step Forward to Improve Access to Workplace Savings, says AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond Washington, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor’s  proposed rule today reaffirming the right of states to adopt retirement savings programs for their private sector workers won quick praise today from AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. “AARP applauds the Department’s proposal to clear the way for state initiatives …

Unaware of Most Common Scams, Consumers’ Actions Place them at Risk WASHINGTON, D.C. — With the holiday giving season approaching, a new survey from the AARP Fraud Watch Network found that 70% of consumers failed a quiz about how to stay safe from common holiday scams, and many are regularly engaging in risky behaviors which could leave them at risk of being victimized by con artists. A report, “Beware the Grinch: Consumers At Risk of Being Scammed During the Holidays,” …

Alaska Medicare Information Office

Consumers need to re-evaluate each year to get the best value prescription coverage plan October 26, 2015 ANCHORAGE — The annual window for Medicare beneficiaries to review their prescription drug, or Part D, insurance plan options for next year is open until Dec. 7, 2015. Alaskans who get both Medicaid and Medicare can enroll or change plans any time. “Consumers should always compare plans, but this year it’s more important than ever,” said Judith Bendersky of Alaska’s Medicare Information Office. …