AARP HONORS STATE SENATOR LOIS WOLK AS A “CAPITOL CAREGIVER”

Posted on 01/14/2016 by | AARP California | Comments

SACRAMENTO – To recognize her work in support California’s family caregivers, AARP has named State Senator Lois Wolk (SD 3) a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver,” joining a bipartisan group of state legislators and governors from across the nation. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers, whose dedication to their loved ones make it possible for older Americans to remain living in their own homes — where they want to be. Senator Wolk was a key advocate responsible for …

AARP HONORS STATE SENATOR CAROL LIU AS A “CAPITOL CAREGIVER”

Posted on 01/13/2016 by | AARP California | Comments

To recognize her work in support California’s family caregivers, AARP has named State Senator Carol Liu (SD 25) a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver,” joining a bipartisan group of state legislators and governors from across the nation. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers, whose dedication to their loved ones make it possible for older Americans to remain living in their own homes — where they want to be. Senator Liu is the author of the California Hospital and …

Feeling the Eastside Heartbeat

Posted on 01/5/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

“Eastside Heartbeats,” an original musical about the vibrant East Los Angeles music scene of the mid-1960’s, opens January 16, 2016, at Casa 0101 Theater.  “Eastside Heartbeats” is inspired by the true story of Cannibal and the Headhunters opening for the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965.  The musical tells the fictional story of Jimmy Ramirez, leader of the four-man vocal group, the Eastside Heartbeats.  The group has conquered East L.A., but Jimmy and the others have bigger goals.  They …

Volunteers Use Expertise to Shape Legislation

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Rita Beamish When Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed a bill into law in October, Elise Demerdjian was elated. She felt a personal connection to the legislation, which launches an electronic registry in California that will enable health care professionals to seamlessly share patients’ emergency and end-of-life care preferences. As a volunteer for AARP, she had analyzed every aspect of the bill. She relied on her experience as a social worker, adult day care consultant and family law attorney to …

Eight Resolutions For a More Livable California

Posted on 12/30/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Not only is the New Year a great time to reflect on personal goals, but it can also provide an opportunity to contemplate visions for our communities. For example, how could your friends and neighbors benefit from being a part of a livable community — one that is safe and secure, has affordable and appropriate housing and transportation options, and offers supportive community features and services? While many of these objectives can be achieved through a collective effort, there are …

Artwork on the Move in Los Angeles

Posted on 12/28/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Last month AARP in Los Angeles announced our partnership with local Chicana painter, Yolanda Gonzalez and leading non-profit visual arts center, Self Help Graphics , as part of our “Portraits of Community” project. As a result, Angelenos can now see Gonzalez’s portraits featured on three Metro buses, a Metro Gold Line train, and one hundred-fifteen Los Angeles Metro bus shelters throughout Los Angeles. Gonzalez is the first of several diverse artists who are slated to debut “Portraits of Community” artwork in Los …