— John Storey has been selected by AARP Louisiana to receive the 2016 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. He will be formally recognized at a reception on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m., at the Renesting Project located at 1303 Driftwood Drive in Bossier City, LA. Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes AARP’s most prestigious volunteer for sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. “Volunteerism is the heart and soul …

— 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. …

— Could you be the next Louisiana State President? Nearly 500,000 members of AARP Louisiana are looking for an exceptional volunteer leader. “AARP is powered by its members and volunteers who champion issues and advocate for the 50+ and their families,” said Denise Bottcher, AARP Louisiana State Director. “The State President position is the top volunteer leader within the AARP state office and has the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of many.” AARP Louisiana is currently accepting …

— 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. …

—  AARP Louisiana now accepting nominations for the 2016 AARP Andrus Award! Every year, AARP volunteers across the country are recognized for their outstanding service and impact on others. AARP Louisiana is currently accepting nominations for the Andrus Award for Community Service, the most prestigious and visible volunteer honor given by AARP. The Andrus Award honors volunteers who spark change and improve their communities one act at a time.  AARP’s commitment to volunteer service can be traced back to the life …

— 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, …

— 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  — 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …