Remembering Katrina. Celebrating communities

Posted on 08/18/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Community | Local Resources AARP Louisiana has been working in the Hollygrove community of New Orleans for the past eight years, engaging hundreds of residents to build a stronger neighborhood. Following the devastating one two punch of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, AARP Louisiana connected with members, residents and community partners to launch the Hollygrove Livable Communities Project in efforts to plan and revitalize an “elder-friendly” neighborhood. 27 Hollygrove residents attended an eight-week Livable Communities Academy to build community leadership, identify neighborhood priorities and develop …

AARP Criticizes Jindal Administration’s Delay in Implementing Bayou Choices, Which Offers Hope for Real Reform for Consumers of Long Term Care

Posted on 08/5/2015 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing AARP Louisiana Interim State Director Denise Bottcher issued the following statement today regarding the decision of the Department of Health and Hospitals to delay the implementation of Bayou Choices: “We were deeply disappointed today to learn of the Department of Health and Hospitals’ decision to delay implementation of managed, coordinated long term care, known as Bayou Choices. The reform of Managed Long Term Care has great potential to expand service choices for older adults and their families, to allow more …

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 …