— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski (R) co-sponsored the legislation. AARP applauds the bipartisan action on S. 192, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA), introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) with Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Patty Murray (D-WA), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The Senate passed the bill the same week that we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the OAA. “AARP is thrilled with the passage of this bipartisan bill reauthorizing the Older Americans Act in the Senate and we urge the …

— Launches Petition Supporting New Safeguards. With romance scammers using the Internet to rob Americans of an estimated $82 million in the last half of 2014, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network called on the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect their users. AARP is also inviting its members and the general public to become involved in the campaign by signing an online petition. Demonstrating the ease with which online dating con artists currently operate, the June/July edition of …

— AARP Alaska is seeking nominations for the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute which recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. The deadline for the Andrus Awards for Community Service is Wednesday, July 15. Review the eligibility guidelines and submit your nomination online.   Q: Who is eligible to be nominated? A: Nominees for the AARP State Andrus Award for Community …

— 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 …

— From the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 25, 2015 Annual rankings show where Alaska regions do well and suggest opportunities for improvement ANCHORAGE — Skagway, Angoon and Hoonah are ranked as having the most favorable health outcomes for length and quality of life across Alaska, according to the sixth annual County Health Rankings. The rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, provide …

— Bills We’re Watching HB 5 Conservator of Protected Persons: Passed (H); awaiting hearing in (S) JUD HB 8 Powers of Attorney:  Passed (H); referred to (S) HSS SB 1 Regulation of Smoking: Passed (S) HSS. Referred to (S) SA SB 12 Paid Sick Leave: Awaiting hearing in (S) L&C SB 72 Designated Caregivers for Patients: Introduced 3/11. Referred to (S) HSS   Issues We’re Watching Budget: Cuts to Senior Benefit Program: Finance Committees (S and H) Budget: Cuts to Adult …

— Bills We’re Watching HB5 Conservator of Protected Persons: Passed (H); awaiting hearing in (S) JUD. HB8 Powers of Attorney:  Passed (H); referred to Senate HSS committee. SB1 Regulation of Smoking: Passed (S) HSS. Referred to (S) State Affairs committee. SB12 Paid Sick Leave: Awaiting hearing in (S) L&C. NEW SB72 An Act Relating to Caregivers of Patients after Release or Departure from a Hospital. Introduced 3/11: Referred to (S) HSS   Issues We’re Watching Budget: cuts to Senior Benefit Program: …