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— From Gongwer A bill that would allow nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and clinical nurse specialists to prescribe a nonscheduled prescription drug, recommend physical therapy, recommend speech therapy and order restraints easily passed the House Tuesday with no discussion. By removing the scope of practice definition and a separate licensure of advanced practice registered nurses, a bill providing more autonomous authority for certain specialties that was controversial last term has easily moved through committee and now the full House. HB 5400  …

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— The holidays aren’t always the happiest time of year – especially if you’re dealing with the stress of being a family caregiver. Or what if, you’re a long-distance caregiver that will return home for the holidays? AARP is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present a very special webinar titled, “Caregiving & the Holidays: Signs, Expectations & Tips for Long-Distance Caregivers,” on Tuesday, December 6th at 3pm ET Ruth Drew, who is Director of Family and Information Services at the …

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— Don’t miss out! Register today for the free webinar, “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer.” Join AARP on Thursday, December 1st for a free webinar. “Joy Unleashed: Lessons a Dog Taught an Unemployed Baby Boomer” will feature the inspiring true-life story of a dog named Bella who helped her owner, Jean Baur, find a sense of belonging and confidence after being downsized by her job. The webinar airs live at 2 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 1st …

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— Washington, DC — Family caregivers spend an average of nearly 20 percent of their income providing care for a family member or other loved one, according to a new AARP Research Report, “Family Caregiving and Out-of-Pocket Costs: 2016 Report.” The report shows that family caregivers spend an average of $6,954 in out-of-pocket (OOP) costs related to caregiving, with Hispanic/Latino and low-income family caregivers spending an average of 44 percent of their total annual income. “This study spotlights the financial toll …

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— Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP   AARP congratulates President-elect Donald Trump, all of the members of the new Congress and incoming state and local officials across the country. Now the real work begins. It’s time to put political partisanship and distrust behind us and come together. It’s time to bring civility and respectful public discourse back to our democracy. It’s time to remember that we can disagree and still find common ground around the big issues that matter so much …

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— AARP has announced actress and advocate Holly Robinson Peete will headline a live,  Online Family Caregiving Fair scheduled for Thursday, November 17. Registration for the Online Family Caregiving Fair HERE Peete, who is best known for her roles on 21 Jump Street and Hanging’ with Mr. Cooper, simultaneously cared for a father with Parkinson’s disease and a son with autism.  She will discuss juggling caregiving and work, facing hurdles as a family caregiver and balancing caring for yourself while caring …

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— Looking for a job but feeling overwhelmed by the countless number of online resources? Get expert tips and advice on how to cut through the clutter and find the job that’s right for you. Don’t miss our free webinar “Navigating Cluttered Job Search Sites,” featuring Jobs Expert Kerry Hannon. 3 p.m. ET/2pm CT, Thursday, November 10. Register HERE Kerry Hannon, AARP’s jobs expert, is an award-winning author and nationally recognized authority on career transitions and retirement. Her latest book is …

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— AARP Michigan is helping Flint rebuild from the water crisis. AARP volunteers have visited more than 500 homes in city neighborhoods to get consent forms signed so water service lines can be replaced. Those who have had their lines replaced should keep in mind these next steps: Remember to flush your pipes for 15 minutes afterwards to remove any residue or sediment. Remove the faucet aerator before you flush your pipes, and then replace it. Also, turn off your filter while you …

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— AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization focused on helping people 50+  live their best lives. We are all about helping people of all ages pursue Real Possibilities   in their own homes and communities. That includes ensuring that our cities, towns and neighborhoods are both livable and age-friendly.  To learn more about AARP, visit www.aarp.org We are seeking a paid intern to support our Community Outreach Team in planning, coordinating and implementing education and outreach strategies in Michigan. We are …

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— By Rick Haglund Laura Meyer was thrust into the role of caregiver in August, when her 62-year-old husband, Michael, had an unexpected surgery. Her job was made easier, though, because of a new state law designed to ensure that family caregivers get the information and education they need to properly care for patients when they come home from the hospital. Michigan’s Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act requires hospitals to do the following: Let patients designate a caregiver at the …