— November 16, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to the U.S. House passage of the tax bill: “AARP is disappointed by the tax bill that the House passed earlier today because it is harmful to millions of Americans age 65-plus. The Congressional Budget Office has stated that the large deficits created by H.R. 1 will result in a $25 billion cut to Medicare (absent additional …

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— New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Non-veterans    WASHINGTON, DC—The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service today jointly announced the launch of Operation Protect Veterans — a national campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as often as the rest of the …

—   WASHINGTON, DC — AARP’s recent survey shows that positive emotions far outweigh negative emotions for both family caregivers and care recipients. Family caregivers report more positive emotions despite half feeling stressed or worried and care recipients report more positive emotions despite 6 out of 10 feeling less independent. The survey also found that family caregivers who felt more prepared to take on their role were more likely to report positive emotions than negative. “Changing roles can be difficult to …

— AARP Alaska will spend a day with municipal planners this month, sharing ideas on how to make communities across the state more age-friendly. The discussions will take place at the annual meeting of the American Planning Association’s Alaska chapter. Participants will consider ways to improve quality of life for older Alaskans through changes in transportation, housing, outdoor spaces and other factors. “These planners work directly with elected officials to help shape the future health and safety of the cities and …

— About 85,000 Alaskans are caring for an older parent, spouse, or other loved one, helping them to live independently. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act went into effect January 1, 2017. It supports family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Alaska became the 32nd state/territory to sign the …

— The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has designated October as Long–Term Care Planning Month in an effort to raise awareness about long–term care. Research estimates about 70 percent of people who are 65 and older are going to require long–term care in their lifetime. While it may seem overwhelming to think about this topic, especially if the need is not yet there, now is a good time to start looking at options rather than waiting. What is long–term care? Long–term care (LTC) includes a range of …

— If you live in Juneau, you are invited to a free public lecture “Finding a Better Path to the End of Life” by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Centennial Hall. In today’s medical culture, the dying are often put on what Dr. Zitter calls the “End-of-Life Conveyor Belt.” They are intubated, catheterized, and die attached to machines, frequently without even knowing they are dying. In her work, Zitter builds bridges between patients and the …

— September is Emergency Preparedness Month—perfect timing for the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Expo in Mat-Su Valley. Cosponsored by AARP Alaska, the free expo is Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Menard Sports Center, 1001 S. Clapp St., Wasilla. Exhibits will include an Earthquake Cottage, which mimics the tremors that strike Alaska about 1,000 times a month; a “fashion show” of personal flotation devices; and an interactive firehouse. The first 100 adults to arrive will receive an emergency …

—     Staying Sharp by AARP provides holistic approach and tools to help keep the brain active  August 10, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—According to AARP’s recently released survey of more than 1,100 Americans over age 40, those who participate in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) self-report higher cognitive functioning, health, and well-being than those who don’t participate in CSAs. CSAs examined in the survey include musical and creative activities, educational activities, physical exercise, socializing, and playing games and puzzles. Adults over age …

— by Susan Reinhard, Jean Accius, Lynda Flowers and Ari Houser AARP Public Policy Institute July 13, 2017 The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) now under consideration in the Senate would drastically alter Alaska’s Medicaid program. The proposed Senate bill would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees. The BCRA would subject older adults, adults with disabilities, Medicaid expansion adults, and non-disabled children under age …