AARP joins Councils on Aging to Host Forum for Candidates Running for Governor in Louisiana

Posted on 07/22/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Community Do you wonder where the candidates in the race for Governor of Louisiana stand on critical issues affecting older adults, such as caregiving, health care and transportation? AARP and the Councils on Aging are hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on August 6, 2015 in Baton Rouge to give you a chance to see and hear how the candidates plan to handle the issues that directly affect Louisiana residents age 50+. All four major candidates for Governor of Louisiana have been invited to …

Louisiana Family Caregivers Provide $6.5 Billion in Unpaid Care According to AARP Study

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Money & Work WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Louisiana provided 615 million hours of care—worth an estimated $6.5 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled the annual sales ($469 billion) of the four largest U.S. tech companies combined (Apple, Hewlett Packard, …

AARP names Rep. Robert Johnson among distinguished Capitol Caregivers

Posted on 06/18/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Volunteering Baton Rouge, La. –AARP volunteer advocates gathered at the Louisiana State Capitol today to recognize Representative Robert Johnson (Marksville) as a “Capitol Caregiver” for his work to increase patients access to high-quality health care by strengthening the ability of advanced practice registered nurses to deliver care. “We thank Representative Johnson for his leadership in exploring barriers that prevent Louisianans from getting high-quality health care in their communities and supporting policies that will help family caregivers better care for their loved …

AARP SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD

Posted on 06/11/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Volunteering Baton Rouge, LA  — AARP Louisiana is now accepting nominations for its 2015 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors Louisianans, aged 50 and older, who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community. “AARP Louisiana is excited to shine a light on 50+ Louisianans who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said Brenda G. Hatfield, AARP Volunteer State President. Nominations will be evaluated …

DHH Announce Consumer Advisory Council Members

Posted on 06/3/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Technology | Volunteering BATON ROUGE, LA – May 26, 2015 – The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) announced the formation of a Consumer Advisory Council today that will engage Louisiana residents in the use of health information technology (IT) to improve health and health care quality in the state. The Consumer Advisory Council will support the promotion, advancement and utilization of health IT tools, such as electronic health records (EHRs) and patient portals, among …

Volunteer Advocates: the Power behind AARP Louisiana

Posted on 05/20/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Volunteering Let’s face it.  We’re getting older.  How we live out our old age, whether it’s at home with the help of a family caregiver, an assisted living facility or nursing home, is of great importance. According to AARP’s caregiving survey, 90% of Louisianans said they want to live at home for as long as possible with the support of family caregivers.  An overwhelming majority of Louisianans also want their taxpayer dollars going toward funding home and community based services to …