— Many people worry about remaining financially secure after leaving the workforce, but, according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute, less than half of U.S. workers report that they or their spouse ever tried to calculate how much money they would need to live comfortably in retirement. To help people plan, AARP Alaska is offering free lunch sessions on financial security. The classes will be at the AARP state office in Anchorage on March 9 and 23, April 13 and 27, …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE           September 28, 2016   CONTACT: Ann Secrest asecrest@aarp.org 907-762-3302 or 907-230-6072   VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR AARP FOUNDATION TAX-AIDE PROGRAM AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service ANCHORAGE, AK – AARP Foundation is looking to expand its team of volunteers for the upcoming tax season by recruiting interested individuals. Tax-Aide is an AARP Foundation program that offers free tax filing help for those who need it most, especially adults 50 and older, …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Medicare program represents health security for millions of Americans July 30, 2015 WASHINGTON, D.C. — AARP is pleased to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Medicare, the federal health insurance program for Americans age 65 and older, and younger people with certain disabilities and health conditions. “Medicare represents health security for all Americans,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. “For fifty years, AARP has advocated for strengthening and improving the Medicare program that is so critical to the health of tens …

— This editorial originally appeared in the April 19 edition of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and was reprinted in the April 25 edition of the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Editorial The expansion of Medicaid to cover the thousands of Alaskans in the “doughnut hole” of low income between existing Medicaid coverage and subsidies under the federal Affordable Care Act has long been popular in Alaska despite its association with a president with low approval in the Last Frontier. It …

— 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: …

— Information from the Municipality of Anchorage, Aging and Disability Resource Center   Ron Hammett, a Commissioner serving on the Anchorage Senior Citizens Advisory Commission in 2004, was an extraordinary man who exemplified the spirit of outstanding service to seniors and their families, working tirelessly as an advocate for seniors in Anchorage. Mr. Hammett served with quiet wisdom, well-chosen words and a clear focus on human needs. The Ron Hammett Award recognizes individuals whose outstanding service, dedication and leadership has had …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2015 CONTACT: Jim Dau: 202-434-2560, jdau@aarp.org DRIVE TO END HUNGER LAUNCHES 2015 SEASON IN DAYTONA WITH FOCUS ON ADDRESSING ROOT CAUSES OF HUNGER AARP Foundation President: “This is a big season for some big reasons.”   DAYTONA BEACH, FL — AARP and AARP Foundation are launching the fifth season of Drive to End Hunger in NASCAR, using the groundwork of the program’s previous success to build a track towards solving the threat of hunger for …