Arkansas Caregiver Act signed into law by Governor Hutchinson

Posted on 04/2/2015 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving Thanks to Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who today signed the Arkansas Lay Caregiver Act. Strongly supported by AARP Arkansas, the Caregiver Act will help ease transitions from hospital to home for patients & their caregivers. Thanks also to members of the Arkansas General Assembly for strongly supporting passage of this new law, including lead Senate sponsor Sen. Gary Stubblefield of Branch and lead House sponsor Rep. Fred Love of  Little Rock. The Act passed the state Senate 34-0 and the …

How to Prepare Before Disaster Strikes

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family On the first anniversary of the worst tornado to hit Arkansas in 46 years, one that killed 16 people along a 41-mile path, AARP is urging residents to be prepared in case another disaster strikes. While everyone needs an emergency kit and evacuation plan, some people have special needs due to health conditions or mobility. The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that older people have Medicare and other insurance cards at the ready, as well as batteries for hearing aids …

AARP’s new Drug $avings Tool can help you save $ on prescriptions

Posted on 03/27/2015 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Finances 50+ | Health & Wellbeing High prescription drug costs understandably concern many Arkansans. Rx prices increased by nearly 11 percent last year compared with 2013. Wondering if you’re paying too much for your medications? Check out AARP’s Drug $avings Tool:

Help hungry seniors by volunteering with AARP Arkansas

Posted on 03/24/2015 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering Would you like to help hungry seniors get the nutritious food they need to stay healthy? In Arkansas the need is particularly urgent. The Natural State has the highest percentage of older adults at risk of hunger of any state in the nation. AARP Arkansas is seeking volunteers to help increase awareness of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Cooking Matters in the Store and other nutrition assistance efforts. As a volunteer, you will actively combat hunger among older Arkansans …

Media coverage of AARP tips to avoid ID theft

Posted on 03/12/2015 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Finances 50+ | Money & Work Every 2 seconds someone’s identity is stolen and a con artist takes over their life.  A study by the Federal Trade Commission found that Arkansas ranks 15th among the 50 states in ID theft complaints per 100,000 people.   AARP’s Fraud Watch Network is a go-to resource for information about how people can safeguard their identity and learn to spot and avoid scams so they can outsmart con artists before they strike. Click on the images below to watch news coverage …

Caring for Caregivers: AARP-backed legislation aims to help Arkansas f

Posted on 03/12/2015 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family | Press This story from Arkansas News Service includes comments from Herb Sanderson, our Associate State Director for Advocacy, who explains how a bill backed by AARP would help Arkansas’ silent army of family caregivers, who give so much of themselves for their loved ones. There are nearly 500,000 unpaid family caregivers in Arkansas, and the monetary value if they were paid is estimated at $4.5 billion a year.   Sanderson describes the legislation as one step in recognizing the enormous commitment. “Every day, this silent …