— 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 …

— 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 …

— This has been a busy week for President Donald Trump.  He’s been signing executive orders, holding high-level meetings — and tweeting up a storm.  All of this makes it clear that our 45th president is eager to deliver quickly on the promises he made during his campaign. At AARP, we’re focusing on one important promise:  The pledge he made not to cut Medicare. Older voters were instrumental in electing President Trump and the Republican Congress. Now those voters are counting …

— Seven out of 10 Americans turning 65 can expect to need long-term care during their lifetime, and 9 out of 10 Louisianans want to live at home as they age. Yet 70 percent of Medicaid funding for long-term care in the state goes to nursing homes. AARP wants to rebalance the long-term care system by shifting more money to services that help people stay in their own homes as they age, which is a more cost-effective use of tax dollars. …

— On Tuesday, Nov. 29  AARP Louisiana presented State Senator Yvonne Colomb with the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award for championing issues that improve the quality of life for older Louisianans. AARP volunteers selected Senator Colomb of Baton Rouge because she fought for family caregivers on several fronts.  Senator Colomb led the fight on behalf of 600,000 family caregivers by authoring the Louisiana Family Caregiver Act, which improves the involvement of family caregivers during their loved one’s hospital stay. She also …

— A new state law, which took effect Aug. 1, aims to ease the transition for family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Louisiana Family Caregiver Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to notify the caregiver before the patient is discharged and to provide instructions for follow-up tasks needed at home, such as managing medications or operating medical equipment. About 660,000 Bayou Staters serve as …

— Shred Fest is a free event sponsored by AARP’s Fraud Watch Network  for individuals who want to safely discard personal information so that they can protect themselves from identity theft. This local event is one of dozens scheduled nationwide to provide secure document destruction. As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Louisiana is joining with the City of St Martinville Recreation Center to sponsor “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to …

— WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a new AARP survey released today, 8 in 10 say that taking a stand on Social Security is a basic threshold for Presidential leadership. The survey of likely voters age 50+ also shows nearly 40% are dissatisfied with their retirement savings and nearly half of voters worry they won’t be able to achieve their financial goals over the next five years (49%).  4 in 10 (40%) still don’t know for certain which party’s presidential candidate they’ll …

— Shred Day is a free event for individuals who want to safely discard personal information so that they can protect themselves from identity theft. AARP’s Fraud Watch Network is hosting a free shredding event for area Baton Rouge residents who want to protect themselves against identity theft on Saturday, April 2nd from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Simply taking out the garbage exposes your information to identity thieves. Your trash can be a gold mine of paperwork with personal information. …

— BATON ROUGE, La. – November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – including 660,000 from Louisiana – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $6.47 billion in Louisiana alone. Britnee from Shreveport is one of these unsung heroes. …