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— 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 …

— Wondering how to plan for what’s next in life? Or how to balance the responsibilities of caregiving? Or how to best cope with disabilities? Or perhaps about insurance, Medicare, housing options, safety, estate planning, memory, staying active, getting around and more? Come out and spend and some time at the “i know expo” on Sunday April 2nd from noon to 4:30 pm. At the Lexington Center Bluegrass Ballroom. The expo is a free event for folks of all ages 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, Kentucky registered voters 45 and older strongly supported proposals to help family caregivers navigate the health care system on their loved ones’ behalf. More than 8 in 10 respondents said hospitals should record a caregiver’s contact information in the patient’s chart upon admission. More than 9 in 10 support requiring the hospital to keep the caregiver informed when the patient is discharged and requiring the hospital to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up medical …

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— 2016 Louisville Innovation Summit Announces New Speakers at Third Annual Conference, October 9-11, 2016. AARP joins in sponsoring the Louisville Innovation Summit (LIS) bringing together healthcare executives and technology entrepreneurs sharing expertise while exploring new avenues redefining the future of aging care. In addition to expert speakers, the LIS offers hosts of opportunities to be inspired and to connect with other innovators. The Louisville Innovation Summit will address issues facing the Aging Care industry, as it presents its third annual …

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— Statewide Public Medicaid Coverage Forums Schedule Proposed changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program are under review by federal officials at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In August, Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Medicaid submitted the state’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver to CMS. The demonstration waiver, Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health), is now open for the federal public comment period until October 8, 2016. A series of eight public forums are …

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— Kentucky Caregiver Resource Guide Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping with a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations in Kentucky offering different types …

— AARP will host a tele-town hall on brain health in five states, including Kentucky, on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 6:45 p.m. EDT. World-class experts on brain health will offer tips on managing stress, keeping fit, eating right and being a lifelong learner. “There are simple steps we can all take to keep our brains healthy for the rest of our lives,” said Ron Bridges, AARP state director. Mental fitness is a top concern for people as they age, according to …

— Share your feedback, personal stories or comments on the proposal to change Medicaid! Governor Matt Bevin is asking for Kentuckians’ input on his comprehensive plan to change how Kentucky’s Medicaid program delivers health care coverage for some 440,000 Kentuckians.  Three Public Hearings on the proposed changes are being held across the state and are open for anyone seeking to add their comments on the Governor’s proposal (Section 1115 Waiver). The federal government allows states to apply for changes in how …

— In a recent AARP survey, more than 6 in 10 Kentucky voters age 45-plus said they are providing or have provided care for an adult who is ill, frail or elderly, or who has a disability. Besides helping with household chores, nearly 3 in 4 respondents have helped with managing medications or other medical tasks. More than 9 in 10 support requiring hospitals to show family caregivers how to perform tasks they will have to do when a patient comes …