4 States

— AARP Community Challenge Grant Program to Help Make Communities Better Places to Live for All Ages AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. The application deadline is June 30, 2017 and all projects must be completed by November 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted through …

— Low-income Kentuckians 60 and older may be eligible for discounts on fresh produce at farmers markets across the state. The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program issues $28 worth of vouchers to individuals 60-plus with annual income up to $22,311 and couples in that age range with income up to $30,044. The voucher can be redeemed for fresh, locally grown produce at dozens of state-approved farmers markets. “This program is a great way for many Kentuckians living on fixed incomes to …

— Settlement with LG&E and Kentucky Utilities a Big Win for Kentuckians Kentucky Attorney General’s Office of Rate Intervention settlement with LG&E and KU to save Kentuckians $90 million annually – $33.2 million of that for residential ratepayers. In response to Attorney General Andy Beshear’s announcement that the Office of Rate Intervention has entered into a settlement with LG&E and KU, AARP Kentucky released the following statement by volunteer State President Charlotte Whittaker. “The bottom line is this settlement with LG&E and …

— When the General Assembly convenes Jan. 3, AARP advocates will be on the ground in Frankfort, pressing for legislation important to Kentuckians age 50-plus. To support the estimated 648,000 family caregivers in the state, AARP is seeking passage of the Kentucky Caregivers Act, which would provide information and training for family caregivers before a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. Another priority is developing a “work and save” option for nearly 795,000 private-sector workers whose employers do not …

— In a recent AARP survey, 4 in 5 Kentucky voters ages 35-64 and of all political views expressed concerns about low retirement savings. More than half of private sector workers in Kentucky—almost 800,000 people—have no way to save for retirement through automatic payroll deductions. AARP Kentucky is asking lawmakers to create a Work and Save plan, which would make it easier for small businesses to offer their employees a way to save. The plan would be voluntary and portable, so …

— AARP will hold its second annual AARP Day at the Races on Saturday, Oct. 1, at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Between races, you can learn about AARP’s work in Kentucky. Grab a “passport” and visit with AARP staff and volunteers to get it stamped at four fun tables: “The Starting Gate” (About AARP), “The Paddock” (Caregiving), “The Home Stretch” (AARP Fraud Watch Network) and “The Finish Line” (Social Security). AARP members and their guests can enjoy a hot buffet for …

— This week, volunteers and staff from Kentucky headed to Washington to advocate on behalf of AARP members and all older Americans on the crucial issues of Family Caregiving and Social Security. While meeting with members of Congress, these volunteers and staff are carried out crucial asks: AARP Kentucky advocates have asked members of Congress to support two pieces of bipartisan legislation to help family caregivers, the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, and the Credit for …

— AARP Kentucky is holding free Life Reimagined checkups throughout the state this winter to help people 50-plus navigate life transitions in areas such as work, relationships and well-being. Through fun activities and interesting conversations, participants reflect on where they are, decide where they want to go and make a plan to get there. “Those who have lost a job or loved one, moved to a new town or had a change in health can use a Life Reimagined checkup to …

— About 51 percent of Kentucky’s private sector employees—approximately 795,000 people—don’t have access to a retirement savings plan at work, and many are only one crisis away from draining their savings. That’s why AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to pass a bill that would create a state-facilitated retirement savings plan. Under the proposed Work and Save legislation, small-business owners could help their employees save for retirement through automatic payroll deductions deposited to individual accounts managed by the state. Self-employed workers could …

AARP Live

— Does your candidate have a plan? Watch AARP Live and Join the Conversation! Presidential candidates want our votes for the highest office in the land, but where do they stand on one of America’s greatest promises—Social Security? Do they have a plan? Most candidates are talking about the future of Social Security, but who has a real plan? Today, one in six Americans receive Social Security – it’s a lifeline for millions of retirees, disabled workers, widows, widowers and children. On …

— Remains Key to Retirement, Living Independently, Important for Future Generations, According to AARP Survey AARP released results of a survey this week as we celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Social Security on August 14, 2015. Americans of all ages continue to have strong feelings of support for Social Security, and the survey found several key themes. According to the national survey of adults, Social Security remains a core part of retirement security, and remains popular across generations and political ideologies. …