AARP Indiana Announces List of 2015 Capitol Caregiver Recipients

Posted on 01/27/2016 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Indiana, AARP has named State Senators Ed Charbonneau, Patricia Miller, Vaneta Becker and Mark Stoops, State Representatives Dennis Zent, Ed Clere, Karlee Macer and Charlie Brown and Governor Mike Pence as 2015 “Capitol Caregivers.”   These elected officials – a bipartisan group of state and governors from across the country – have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for their older loved ones to live independently at …

Disappointed that HERO wasn’t heard

Posted on 01/22/2016 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

By: AARP Indiana Interim State Director Sarah Waddle How can you reject a bill that’s referred to a HERO, right?!  If the name of the bill – HERO stands for Hoosier Employee Retirement Options – wasn’t enough to convince Indiana legislators of its merits, the policy should have.  This bill, House Bill 1349 authored by Rep. Sean Eberhart, would have expanded access to private retirement savings options for so many of our hard-working Hoosier friends.  We are experiencing a retirement …

Support Hard-Working Hoosiers, Support HERO

Posted on 01/12/2016 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

By: AARP Indiana State President Joe Everett  If you don’t think “financial security,” when you think AARP, then you don’t know ‘aarp.’  And, if you think I’m only talking about financial security for retirees, then you really don’t know AARP.  I’m talking about financial security and peace of mind for hard-working Hoosiers across the age spectrum.  I’m talking about how we can help boost private retirement savings among Hoosiers and address our current retirement savings crisis.  I’m talking about passing …

AARP Backs Hoosier Employee Retirement Options Bill

Posted on 01/7/2016 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

HERO offers hard-working Hoosiers needed retirement savings options To address Indiana’s retirement savings crisis and enhance access to private retirement savings options, AARP Indiana is backing the Hoosier Employee Retirement Options bill, or HERO, authored by Representative Sean Eberhart (R-57). “Social Security has become the main source of retirement income for many Hoosiers,” said interim AARP Indiana State Director Sarah Waddle.  “And, with an average monthly benefit of $1,300 that’s just not enough money to live on, let alone retire …

New Law Helps Support Family Caregivers

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

A new law that took effect Jan. 1 will ease transitions from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. AARP Indiana backed the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act and is celebrating its enactment. The law allows every hospital patient in the state to designate a family caregiver. Hospital staff are encouraged to inform the caregiver about discharge plans if the patient cannot—and to explain to the caregiver any medical tasks that will be needed at home, such as …

Legislative Boost for Saving at Work

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Diana Lamirand Jeff Saxton, a self-employed master bookbinder who has worked for more than 40 years, talks about retirement as an unreachable goal. “I’ll always have to work,” he said. “There will be no retirement for me.” Saxton, 57, of Noblesville, is among more than 1 million Hoosiers who are self-employed or work for a business that doesn’t offer a retirement plan, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. That’s 46 percent of all Indiana private-sector employees. With no …