— 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 …

— 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 …

— June 23, 2017 2017 AARP Alaska Health Care Survey: Little Support for the Proposed Health Care Bill In a survey released in June 2017,  just one-third of likely voters in Alaska (33%) support the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently being debated in the Senate. A sizeable number of likely voters (15%) say they do not know whether they support or oppose the bill. A majority of likely voters also oppose …

— A new program aims to reshape health care in Alaska by developing leaders who integrate geriatrics with primary care. The Alaska Geriatrics Interdisciplinary Leadership Development program is a partnership between the University of Alaska and Southcentral Foundation Nuka System of Care. The noncredit course provides insights into the needs of older adults and sharpens skills for health and behavioral health professionals, family caregivers and advocates. It can be custom designed for individual participants to focus, for example, on dementia. Ken …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 28, 2015 CONTACT: AARP Media Relations, 202-434-2560 AARP Volunteers Deliver Thousands of Petitions, Hit Capitol Hill to Push for Better Health and Retirement Standards. Visit Congress, US Department of Labor to Push Series of Issues Including New Retirement Advice Standard, Older Americans Act, Safe Streets Act, Caregiving, Social Security WASHINGTON, DC — Today AARP volunteers dropped off petitions containing more than 26,000 signatures at the U.S. Department of Labor in support of a conflict of interest …

— The Alaska Medicare Information Office – SHIP/SMP invites you to participate in the last of a series of webinars: Help with Medicare Costs on April 8. To register, click the registration link below. If you are not able to join us, please still register as you will receive a follow-up email which provides a link to the encore recording you may listen to at any time. Help with Medicare Costs April 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM AKDT. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4944945059006283009 …