— AARP Louisiana today released new survey data highlighting the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over health care policies important to older Americans. “Health care is a deeply personal issue that has a real and immediate impact on American families across the political spectrum. These survey findings are very clear – people don’t support legislation that would mean higher costs and less coverage for older Americans,” said Denise Bottcher, AARP Louisiana State President. “AARP urges Senator Bill Cassidy to oppose …

— 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. “This is an exciting time for AARP to spark communities into action to create vital and vibrant communities for all generations.  We hope this Challenge Grant will provide a source of funding to complete projects and build momentum for …

— Louisiana ranks 40 when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Louisiana include affordability and access and support for family caregivers. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Picking Up …

— The AARP Louisiana Fraud Watch Network is excited to bring you “Catch Me If You Can” author and scam prevention expert Frank W. Abagnale. This event is free. His advice is invaluable. Seating is limited, so register today. Date: Thursday, August 24 Time: 6:15 p.m. -8:15 p.m. Come early and visit the Resource Fair! Location: Hilton Riverside, 2 Poydras St, New Orleans, LA 70130 About Frank W. Abagnale Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline …

— Most New Orleans residents age 45-plus believe that their community is a good place to age and want to live there independently for as long as possible, a recent AARP study found. AARP Louisiana wants to make it easier for Big Easy residents to do just that. The state office is part of the New Orleans Age-Friendly Task Force, a collaboration of more than 30 organizations dedicated to finding ways to make the legendary city livable for people of all …

— Fun and fitness are back in a big way at Healthy Baton Rouge’s 4th annual Family Fit Day. The highly anticipated event will be held Saturday, May 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at BREC’s City-Brooks Park, 1515 Dalrymple Dr. The goal of Family Fit Day is to provide a fun, citywide event for all ages to encourage sustained physical activity, increase community engagement, and build support for active, healthy families in Baton Rouge. “We are excited to help …

— Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who is using his or her skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? Honor his or her dedication, commitment, and creativity with a nomination for the 2017 AARP Louisiana  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 individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance …

— Join us for free webinars and live chats on how to use the latest tech tools. Technology can help you connect with friends and family, drive more safely, control home automation, search for jobs, care for loved ones, learn new skills, and more. But there’s so much new “tech” that it can be hard to keep track of it and how it can help you. Register for AARP’s Online Technology Fair and gain access to free live webinars, video chats …

— Learn how to start or grow your small business from fellow entrepreneurs. Live SBA Entrepreneur webinar takes place on Tuesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. CT Looking to turn your unique talents, hobbies or skills into a small business? Or if you’ve already started a business, are you searching for ideas to keep your dreams of success on track? Register for the AARP webinar, From Passion to Profit, and learn from our panel of innovative and inspiring entrepreneurs as they share …

— Distracted Driving 101: It May Save Your Life Making a call on your phone. Changing the radio station. Turning to talk to kids in the back seat. These are minor tasks, but distracted driving can lead to the same devastating results as driving under the influence. Are your habits—or those of your loved one—putting you at risk? Now you can do something about it. Register now for the AARP webinar, Distracted Driving 101 on April 25, 2017 at 6 p.m. CT, …