Nebraska Alzheimer’s Disease Plan prepares for 20 percent increase in next decade

Posted on 07/28/2015 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family About 33,000 older Nebraskans currently have Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to jump by more than 20 percent in the next ten years as the population ages and the oldest boomers turn 80. “Now is the time to prepare for the growing number of Nebraskans with Alzheimer’s disease expected to occur over the next decade,” said Mark Intermill, advocacy director for AARP in Nebraska. “Unpaid family caregivers will be providing much of the care for their affected loved ones.” …

Register Today for Free Retirement Planning Sessions in August

Posted on 07/21/2015 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Community | Events | Finances 50+ | Money & Work AARP and Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)* will present free sessions in August to help people prepare financially for retirement. The events in Columbus, McCook and Hastings will review what soon-to-be-retirees need to know about Social Security and Medicare. “People will learn more about getting the most out of their hard-earned benefits so that they can make informed decisions based on their circumstances,” said Robin Szwanek, community outreach director for AARP in Nebraska. Bobbie Kierstead, Nebraska SHIIP senior …

Nebraska Family Caregivers Provide $2.5 Billion in Unpaid Care

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family Family caregivers in Nebraska provided 182 million hours of care—worth an estimated $2.5 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, IBM, and Microsoft) …

Volunteer to Fight Hunger in Nebraska

Posted on 06/26/2015 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Events | Volunteering Did you know that nearly nine million seniors are at risk for hunger across the U.S.? Can you volunteer your skills and talents to make a difference in the fight against hunger? We need your help to ensure that hungry Nebraska seniors on fixed incomes get their next meal. You are invited to join us for a training session in Omaha on July 17 or in Lincoln on July 28. Both sessions will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 …

Easing the Tax Burden for More Retirees

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Home & Family | Money & Work Thousands of Nebraskans 65 and older are newly eligible for a break on their real estate taxes. The deadline to apply is June 30. In 2014, AARP Nebraska successfully pressed for legislation that extends property tax relief to an estimated 20,000 additional homeowners 65 and older. The change in eligibility requirements aims to ease the tax burden for more retirees living on fixed incomes. The revised statute also increases the amount of relief for about 10,000 people. Under the new …

AARP Nebraska Advocacy Road Tour June 16-26

Posted on 05/27/2015 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Volunteering AARP Nebraska will host listening sessions on key legislative issues affecting older Nebraskans in eight communities across the state from June 16 to June 26. “This is an opportunity for residents to learn about AARP’s work at the State Capitol on behalf of Nebraskans age 50-plus, along with how they can get involved as a volunteer,” said Mark Intermill, advocacy director for AARP Nebraska. During the sessions, AARP representatives will review what happened this year in the Nebraska Legislature in …