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— AARP Kentucky is looking for a volunteer leader to serve as the new state president. The next state president will serve as the innovative lead and spokesperson for the more than 460,000 AARP members in Kentucky. “This is a very influential role for our organization,” said Ron Bridges, AARP Kentucky State Director. “We are looking for someone who is committed to bettering the lives of people in Kentucky. This opportunity is a once-in-a-lifetime position, that makes a positive impact on …

— 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 …

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— After more than a decade, our friend, mentor, and colleague, Jim Kimbrough is stepping down as AARP Kentucky State President. Jim has worked to enhance the quality of life for Kentuckians of all ages and enact positive social change through advocacy and community service. As state president, Jim fought to make health care more available and affordable, promoted financial security initiatives, and improved quality long term care options and supports for Kentuckians who want to age at home. He engaged …

— Are you or someone you know a passionate, strategic thinker with the ability to motivate and inspire others? Do you like to have fun while doing it? If so, now is the time to apply! AARP Kentucky is accepting applications for State President, AARP’s top volunteer position at the state level. A visionary leader is needed to help shape our outreach and advocacy efforts in Kentucky. Be a Leader:  Lead AARP volunteers in Kentucky Represent the concerns of more than 450,000 AARP members Play …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— Can you think of a volunteer who’s made a significant impact in their community?  Who’s always willing to go the extra mile?  Who inspires others to volunteer? Nominate them for the 2016 AARP Kentucky Andrus Award for Community Service – AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding Kentuckians age 50+ who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, …

— Older Kentuckians are increasingly plugging into social media, and AARP Kentucky wants to hear what they have to say! Folks on our social media channels are busy chatting about caregiving, financial security, livable communities, Social Security, grandkids, pets and other things that matter to them. AARP KY is recruiting volunteers who use Facebook and/or Twitter to encourage people to share ideas about these issues online. When we reach out to our members via social media, we are not just reaching members. Potentially, …

— You’ve paid into Social Security year after year and deserve to know how the candidates would keep it strong for us, our kids and grandkids. Social Security needs to be updated for the 21st century so we can keep the promise for future generations. If someone thinks they’re ready to be President, they should at least be able to tell us their plans to keep Social Security strong. Across the country and in Kentucky, the new AARP campaign “Take a …