— AARP Nebraska is a member of the Aging Nebraskans Task Force created by the Nebraska Legislature. The task force recently released a state plan for coping with Alzheimer’s Disease to help meet the needs of patients and caregivers. Here is a summary provided by the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. The Nebraska State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias is a thorough examination and set of recommendations to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease for Nebraskans. …

— With the June 30 homestead exemption filing deadline just days away, thousands of older Nebraskans qualify for a break on their property taxes but may not know it. AARP Nebraska urges homeowners age 65 plus to take a close look at the homestead exemption since the law was changed in 2014 to cover more people. The Nebraska Legislature extended property tax relief to an estimated 20,000 more homeowners age 65 and over and increased the amount of relief for an …

— Attention Nebraska family caregivers! You may be caring for an older parent or loved one helping them to live independently in their own homes. Chances are that you have a lot of responsibility for your family member’s well-being, and now there’s support in place to make life a little bit easier. AARP Nebraska fought for passage of the Assisting Caregiver Transitions Act –also known as ACT – to help family caregivers when their loved one goes into the hospital and …

— AARP Nebraska has endorsed the Home Care Consumer Bill of Rights Act. LB 698, introduced by State Sen. Heath Mello of Omaha, would spell out protections for Nebraskans who receive home care services to help them stay independent and reduce their need to move into a nursing home. The bill would apply to Nebraskans over the age of 60 and younger persons with disabilities. “There is much to like about this bill. AARP believes it is important to establish the …

— Ensuring that Nebraska’s nearly 200,000 family caregivers know how to safely look after their loved ones when they’re discharged from the hospital tops the list of measures AARP will champion at the State Capitol during the 2016 legislative session. AARP is calling on state lawmakers to pass LB 849, the Assisting Caregiver Transitions Act, introduced by State Sen. Sue Crawford of Bellevue. The bill requires hospitals and health care facilities to explain and demonstrate medical and nursing tasks that family …

— Nebraskans age 45-plus strongly support proposals to help family caregivers when their older parents, spouses or other loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home, according to a new AARP statewide survey of 800 registered voters. In the report, seven in 10 (70 percent) respondents believe that being cared for at home with caregiver assistance is the ideal situation when the basic tasks of life become more difficult due to aging or illness. More than half of …

— You don’t have to sweat it out this tax season. If you are a Nebraska resident, AARP Tax-Aide can lend you or your loved one(s) a helping hand depending on where you live in the state. A nationwide partnership between the AARP Foundation and the Internal Revenue Service, AARP Tax-Aide provides free tax counseling and preparation services from February 1 to April 15. Trained volunteers at AARP Tax-Aide sites across Nebraska stand ready and eager to help low- to middle-income …

— 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 the majority of the care for their affected loved …

— 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) …

— 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 …