Ken Helander, Director of Advocacy, AARP Alaska

Alaska End of Session Wrap-Up 2016 by Ken Helander, Advocacy Director, AARP Alaska Since legislators did not come to agreement on the state’s budget, which they must pass according to the state constitution, as well as some other major items left hanging, the governor called a special session to begin immediately. Nevertheless, it has, to this point, been a consequential and somewhat productive session. While the overriding theme for legislators was the severe loss of state revenue due to low …

Two couples playing golf.

AARP members are invited to join the AARP Tuesday 9-Hole Golf League at the Anchorage Golf Course. Rates: $20 Greens Fee Optional $10 Golf Cart (per person) Prizes will be paid out in the form of gift certificates. Additional 9 holes available most days for $8 Green Fee, $5 Cart Fee. If you wish to play 18, please pay at time of check-in. Registration: To participate after the first week you must sign up a minimum of 24 hours in …

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In a state that never lacks for extreme conditions, AARP is working with local agencies to raise awareness about emergency preparedness. Residents of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley are invited to a free Emergency Expo and Safety Fair on May 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Willow Community Center on George Parks Highway in Willow. Sponsors include the Mat-Su Borough Department of Emergency Services, Mat-Su Local Emergency Planning Committee and Willow Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Alaska is subject to …

87 percent

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 …