— 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. …

— 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 …

— You already know how to keep your body fit. But what about your brain? On Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 5:45 p.m. CDT, AARP offices in Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina will host a tele-town hall featuring world-class experts on brain health. Mental fitness is a top concern for people as they age, according to a 2014 AARP survey. Last year, AARP and the British charity Age UK launched the Global Council on Brain Health, a group of scientists, …

— Click the banner to head to Healthy BR’s official event page! Join AARP Louisiana at Family Fit Day! AARP Louisiana is proud to announce our presenting sponsorship of Healthy Baton Rouge’s third annual Family Fit Day, a FREE open streets initiative centered around BREC City-Brooks Park. The event will create temporary paved parks for running, walking, bicycling, dancing, playing, and socializing on May 21st from 7:30AM-12:30PM. During the event local organizations will offer fitness classes, speakers, healthy cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities, …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 8, 2015 Contact: Denise Bottcher 225-376-1145 dbottcher@aarp.org   Baton Rouge, La. – Have the magnificent azalea blooms and promises of spring inspired your green thumb? Now is the perfect time to start your own vegetable garden. Join AARP Louisiana and Green Light New Orleans for Yard to Table and learn how to grow your own vegetables and herbs right in your backyard. Licensed master gardeners will teach you how to build and maintain a garden and …

— By Nicole Duritz Like snowflakes, no two women are alike. But we do tend to hold one thing in common: we take care of others before we take care of ourselves. As a gift to yourself this Mother’s Day, how about focusing on your own wellbeing? A great place to start is to join AARP’s Decide. Create. Share℠ initiative. It’s designed to help women of any age take steps today to prepare for a healthy, safe and secure tomorrow. Through …