— The vast majority of Louisianans want to age at home, but that’s not always easy to do, especially for those who need help with tasks of daily living, such as transportation, bathing and preparing meals. As part of the LiveAtHomeLA coalition, AARP Louisiana is advocating for the nearly 30,000 people awaiting approval of waivers that would provide such services in their own homes. The Community Choices Waiver helps older and disabled Louisianans with home modifications, meal delivery and other services. …

— 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 …

— Thousands of Louisianans won’t be able to enjoy the holidays at home because they are still recovering from last summer’s devastating flood. Considered one of the worst natural disasters since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Eastern Seaboard in 2012, the Louisiana flood caused more than $8.7 billion in damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure. About 150,000 homes in 26 parishes were damaged due to flooding. AARP Foundation has donated $1 million to nonprofit organizations that are helping with flood relief efforts. …

— 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 …

— 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. …

— The Advocate in Baton Rouge featured a letter to the editor from AARP Louisiana’s Advocacy Director Andrew Muhl today, about Bayou Choices and managed long-term care. You can read it on The Advocate’s site or below. Letters: Bayou Choices is the right move Sept. 24, 2015 I’m writing in response to last week’s letter from Alexandria nursing home owner Lansing Kolb.   In the letter, Mr. Kolb discusses the new proposed health care delivery model for aging Louisianians, known as …

— 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 Louisiana is encouraging Bayou Staters to protect themselves from scams by using free resources available through the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Anyone can sign up for real-time alerts on the latest scams, get tips on how to stop them and report their own experiences for a nationwide scam tracking map. AARP also will be at the Gulf Coast Elder Abuse Conference in Slidell on June 22 to inform participants about trends in fraud and identity theft. The Federal Trade …

— 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 …

— FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE​​​ March 5, 2015​ Contact: Jewel Constance 225-614-7671 jconstance@aarp.org New Orleans, LA –  Round up the family because AARP’s annual Soul Fest is right around the corner! Come out to enjoy authentic soul food, take in the smooth rhythms of Jazz, Gospel and Blues, and learn about the different opportunities AARP has to offer for the African American Community. Brought to you by AARP Louisiana, Soul Fest is held every year on the first weekend of March. It …