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— Linda Dunno of Fort Wayne has been selected by AARP Indiana to receive the 2016 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service.  This award, which is named after AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, is AARP’s most prestigious volunteer tribute that recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Dunno was presented with the award at AARP Indiana’s annual volunteer celebration in Indianapolis. “Linda is a passionate professional whose tireless work has …

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— By Diana Lamirand It’s called “dumping.” Indiana Adult Protective Services (APS) investigator Jerry Kiefer says he hates to do it, but some situations leave him with little choice. Kiefer recalled one case in which he needed to “dump” a 100-year-old woman in a hospital following the arrest of her caretaker nephew on drug charges. Before the arrest, Kiefer said, the nephew took the woman—a successful former L.S. Ayres model—to the cleaners. “She had a lot of money. He ‘took care …

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— AARP Indiana and the Institute for Working Families have teamed up on this spotlight on low-income working Hoosiers age 50+. Picture an older Hoosier and you may call to mind a relaxed retiree swinging a nine iron on the golf course. However, this image does not represent the reality for the many Hoosiers age 50+ who work and/or experience financial insecurity in their later years. Even among adults who hit the traditional retirement age of 65, nearly a third continue to work …

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— Last week Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke was presented with copies of a new book, Where We Live: Communities for All Ages, which highlighted his initiative to create a more livable community. Where We Live highlights more than 100 inspirational initiatives undertaken by mayors in cities throughout the nation. Together, these examples highlight the creativity and innovation currently being harnessed to create more livable communities for people of all ages. Written by Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President of Community, State and National …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 3 p.m. ET/2pm CT, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is …

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— November is National Family Caregivers Month, and AARP Indiana is sponsoring a Caregiver Connection event to support Hoosiers who help an aging loved one continue to live independently. The event in Indianapolis on Nov. 15, offer caregivers a chance to network with each other and to learn about community resources that can make their lives easier. Presenters include an elder law attorney and representatives of area offices on aging. In Indiana, more than 830,000 family caregivers provide more than 779 million hours …

John Gregg (D), at left, and Eric Holcomb (R) are candidates for governor. Photos courtesy of Associated Press, Holcomb campaign.

— As Hoosiers go to the polls on Nov. 8th, AARP Indiana is committed to helping you get the facts you need to choose candidates who reflect your values. We are non-partisan — we don’t support or oppose any political candidates or contribute any money to campaigns or political action committees. Our priority is ensuring you know where the candidates stand before you cast your vote. That’s why AARP Indiana is providing this voter guide to help Hoosiers learn as much …