— AARP Kentucky is hosting the inaugural Real Possibilities Faith Award to honor long-serving members of the Louisville faith community.  This is one way to give back to Kentuckians who give so much. We encourage faith groups across the Louisville area to nominate deserving members from their community. Each organization may nominate up to three people. To be eligible, nominees must be at least 50-years-old and have served as an active member of their faith community for five or more years. …

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— Schedule an AARP presentation Does your community group need a speaker? AARP volunteers can deliver presentations on a variety of topics to groups of 25 or more almost anywhere in Kentucky. We can tailor the length of the talk to fit the group’s needs. Topics include: Fraud (20-45 mins.) – AARP helps attendees protect themselves and their loved ones by looking at fraud trends and behavior; The Con Artist’s Play Book; prevention techniques and resources. Caregiving (20-45 mins.) – AARP …

— Lexington AARP volunteers’ excitement could be seen on their faces as they greet local members and guests to the historic Lyric Theatre. The film, “Southside with You” was selected as the first in a series of free AARP Movies for Grownups in Lexington. The importance of community involvement and engagement was highlighted at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre during a screening of “Southside with You” part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups. The film, inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, …

— Does your community group need a speaker? AARP volunteers can deliver presentations on a variety of topics to groups of 25 or more almost anywhere in Kentucky—and can tailor the length of the talk to fit the group’s needs. Topics include fraud prevention (20 to 45 minutes); legislative issues in Frankfort and Washington, D.C. (20 to 30 minutes); resources for family caregivers (20 to 45 minutes); and Social Security, its history and future (20 to 45 minutes). “These presentations are …

— 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 …

— AARP Kentucky is pleased to welcome the City of Louisville into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The city is the 120th to join the national network and the fourth in Kentucky with Berea, Bowling Green and Lexington. Affiliated with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Global Network of Age-Friendly Cities and Communities®, the network helps participating communities become great places for people of all ages by adopting features such as safe, walkable streets; better housing and transportation options; access to …

— 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 …

— Several cities in Kentucky are taking steps to make it easier for residents to age comfortably in their own homes. Berea, Bowling Green and Lexington have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The network encourages safe streets for pedestrians, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for residents to participate in community activities. “Well-designed, livable communities promote health and sustain economic growth,” said Carl Pagles, an AARP Kentucky volunteer. “They make for happier, healthier residents of all ages.” Kentucky’s …

— 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 …

— Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect Hurt at any Age Every year some 2.1 million older Americans are victims of elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation. And that’s only part of the picture: Researchers believe that for every case of elder abuse or neglect reported, as many as five cases go unreported. Elder abuse is often a silent crime. Most of us never see it because most victims are abused behind closed doors by their own family members. And, too often, people who …