— AARP Kentucky hosted a month-long nomination period to find a Real Possibilities Faith Award winner. The purpose of the award is to honor long-serving members of Louisville’s faith community who are often the unsung heroes. Faith groups across Louisville were encouraged to nominate deserving members from their faith families. Nominees were judged on the impact their work had on members of their faith community, how the work supported their faith group’s mission, and how it improved the lives of the …

— 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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— 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 …

— Thurman-Abbott Home for Lady Veterans Ready to Serve Those Who’ve Served Us Kentucky’s first long-term transitional home for women veterans is now a reality for Lady Veterans Hands for Hope. In a state with 328,000 veterans, some 24,000 are women. As the number of women veterans doubles over the next three to five years, the new Thurman-Abbott Home for Lady Veterans in Lexington is an important step in bridging the gap for lady veterans. Reverend Jim Thurman of Shiloh Baptist …

— Madison Hackney received top honors in the 2016 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Madison and her grandmother, Joy Belcher, received their awards at the Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremonies in Louisville. The Feds Creek Elementary student’s grandmother, Joy Belcher was the subject of her winning essay, “My Rock, My Security, My AARP Grandparent of the Year.” According to Madison, “She has cared and loved for me …

— The fourth annual iKnow expo in Lexington aims to arm family caregivers with information and resources that can make their lives a little easier. Sponsored by AARP Kentucky, the free event will be Sunday, April 3, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Lexington Center. Attendees can pick up materials and chat with experts about health care, financial planning, housing and community services. The event will also offer entertainment. “It’s going to be a lively, upbeat, engaging event that can …

— 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 …

— As the 2016 legislative session approaches, AARP Kentucky is building support for a bill that would help family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. About 648,000 Kentuckians are caregivers for their parents, spouses or other adults, providing unpaid services valued at nearly $7 billion a year. The proposed legislation, called the Kentucky Family Caregivers Act, would allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would notify the caregiver about discharge plans and …

— AARP Kentucky is kicking into high gear this October. Come join us! We’re hosting a variety of fun and educational events throughout the month, such as Tech Night to learn all that your tablet or mobile phone has to offer, a Prepare to Care class to provide tips and resources to make your caregiving experience easier and a Life Reimagined checkup to help find your best life! 10/20/15 — Tech Night, 6:30 – 7:30pm, refreshments served, AARP State Office, 10401 Linn …

— Boyd County 5th grader’s family and state’s retired teachers celebrate the Crabbe Elementary School statewide essay contest winner – Michael Slone Tuesday, Michael Slone received top honors in the 2015 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Michael and his grandmother, Dana Payne, received their awards at the Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremonies in Louisville. The Crabbe Elementary School student’s grandmother, Dana Payne was the subject of his …

— Disaster rarely gives you a heads up, and can take many unexpected forms. Everyone should have a plan of action, but some Americans can be particularly vulnerable during times of uncertainty. It’s important to keep this in mind when forming an effective plan, and to consider your personal needs. Disaster preparation is more than storing water and food, and every situation requires a different solution. On our recent episode of  AARP Live, our panel of experts shared important information to help you and your loved …