Volunteer at the Fair with AARP

Posted on 07/20/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Events | Volunteering Want to go to the Minnesota State Fair for free? AARP Minnesota still has open volunteer shifts for our booth in the Education Building as well as on AARP Day at the Fair — Sept. 5th. Sign up to volunteer and get free admission to the fair ALL DAY on the day of your shift PLUS $10 in food vouchers! Over 80 people volunteered with us last year – many of whom volunteer with us year after year! At the …

Medicaid at 50 Reaches 1 Million State Residents

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family By Pamela Schmid When Sally Downing retired from her job as a medical assistant for health reasons at 57, she and her husband signed up for catastrophic health insurance, gritting their teeth when they paid the monthly $427 premium. “It was annoying, paying for it every month and knowing we’d probably never use it,” said Downing, 64, of Minneapolis. Because the policy, which carried $17,000 deductibles for each of them, didn’t cover medications or preventive care, “we both didn’t go …

Hometown Hero Harry Hartigan: The Man Behind Boomertown

Posted on 06/23/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Events | Volunteering By Bev Bachel If you think Twin Cities Pride is only for the young, Harry Hartigan wants you to think again. The 67-year-old Minneapolis resident is the thought leader behind Boomer Town, a special area of the June 27-28 festival dedicated to seniors who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning, commonly referred to as LGBTQ. “I’ve always loved Pride, but I got to wondering how the festival could be made more inviting to older adults,” says Harry. …

Fraud Protection: The Basics

Posted on 06/2/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Money & Work The scam is sometimes deceptively simple, as easy as stealing a credit card offer from your trash. Other times it can be far more complex, like the infamous con preying on worried grandparents. No matter the form, the impact is devastating. Identity theft, investment fraud and scams rob millions of Americans – last year there were 12.6 million victims of identity theft alone. There are a number of things you can do to protect you and your loved ones from …

Hometown Hero Iris Freeman: An Unassuming Champion

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy | Volunteering By Mackenzie Bledsoe Iris Freeman doesn’t consider herself to be a leader in the community, rather humbly admitting it is “something other people call me.” Yet, her lifetime of work fighting for elder justice is extraordinary. Freeman currently serves as the president of the Elder Justice Center and is an adjunct professor at William Mitchell School of Law. Her involvement outside these two commitments is extensive. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Metro Area Agency on …

AARP REQUESTS VETO OF AGRICULTURE BUDGET BILL

Posted on 05/21/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy | Press St. Paul –AARP today asked Governor Dayton to veto a now infamous Agriculture budget bill (HF 1437) that was amended and passed in the final seconds of the legislative session. During the closing seconds of session a 70 page amendment, mostly containing non-related policy items, was added and approved without debate as the House floor devolved into chaos. AARP specifically objects to several provisions included in the legislation which make it easier for utility companies to increase customer rates, limit …