— Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older?  Want to help raise money for a worthwhile cause? You can do both by nominating someone for the 2017 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP Minnesota’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. Only one individual or couple from Minnesota may be selected each year and AARP will make a $1,000 donation to an eligible nonprofit …

— In the next decade as many as 750,000 Minnesotans will reach retirement age.  However, according to a recent AARP Survey, an alarming number of them haven’t saved nearly enough. Approximately half of all workers surveyed expressed worry that they won’t be able to save enough for retirement and 36% reported that they are behind on their retirement savings.  Compounding this problem is the fact that 40% of Minnesota workers – around 1 million people – don’t have access to a …

— Premium Support Model Could Hurt more than 800,000 Minnesotans Since its inception over 50 years ago, the Medicare program has provided people on Medicare with a guaranteed set of benefits. Some proposals call for replacing those guaranteed benefits with a fixed dollar amount that beneficiaries would use to purchase their health care coverage. This approach is known as a premium support model, sometimes also referred to as vouchers. Under most premium support models, people on Medicare would choose between competing …

— With election season well under way, AARP volunteers are asking presidential and congressional candidates campaigning in Minnesota to explain their plans to keep Social Security strong for current and future generations. Projections show Social Security will be able to pay full benefits until 2034 but, unless Congress acts, only about 75 percent after that. “It is critical for voters to know where candidates stand on this issue, so they can make informed decisions on Nov. 8,” said Seth Boffeli, a …

— Right now, the Minnesota Public Utility Commission (PUC) is considering a request from Xcel Energy that could raise customer rates by nearly 10% or about $132 a year. If approved, Xcel will have raised rates on their Minnesota customers 6 years in a row. When utility bills go up it hits everyone’s pocket book, especially those on fixed incomes or struggling to make ends meet. Thankfully in Minnesota, we have an engaged PUC that carefully considers the input of utility …

— Time is about to run out on caregivers.  The CARE Act, a bipartisan bill to support the more than 600,000 unpaid family caregivers in Minnesota, is in jeopardy.  Despite passing the Senate with overwhelming support from both parties it has not been taken up in the House and the clock is ticking. With less than a month remaining, there is a real chance that this critically important bill won’t become law. You can help make supporting family caregivers a priority …

— SAINT PAUL—AARP Minnesota has announced the appointment of Kate Schaefers as its new State President– the highest state-level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that has nearly 660,000 members statewide. Schaefers, a licensed psychologist and consultant, will begin the two-year role immediately. As AARP Minnesota State President, Schaefers will work with AARP members, volunteers, staff, legislators, and state residents on key issues facing the 50-plus population and all Minnesotans. These issues include building a strong financial future for individuals …

— Learn how Chris Gardner, entrepreneur and inspiration behind the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, persevered through overwhelming challenges. After enduring many hardships with his young son – including homelessness – Chris created a successful career for himself. After 30 years in the brokerage business, 25 of which running his own firm, Chris Gardner now focuses on helping others achieve their full potential through his speaking engagements and media projects. He is a passionate philanthropist committed to organizations combating violence against …

— Download Event Materials (handouts will not be available at event) Livable Communities Forum Agenda Keynote – Livable for all Breakout: Riding the Age Wave Age Wave — Hennepin Breakout: Transportation Transportation Dakota County, Transportation Johnson Breakout: Housing for a Lifetime Home Modifications, Next Door Housing Breakout: Leading the Way on Livability Planning for Carver County, Livablility on 38th Street   By 2030, older adults will account for 20 percent of the U.S. population; and according to a recent AARP survey, …

— 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 …