— Louisiana ranks 40 when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Louisiana include affordability and access and support for family caregivers. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Picking Up …

— The AARP Louisiana Fraud Watch Network is excited to bring you “Catch Me If You Can” author and scam prevention expert Frank W. Abagnale. This event is FREE. His advice is invaluable. Seating is limited, so register today. Date: Thursday, August 24 Time: 4:30 p.m. -Pre-Event/ Resource Fair (Meet AARP staff, and learn about available resources. Also visit with AARP community partners committed to fighting fraud.) 6:15 p.m.- Main Event with Frank Abagnale followed by a Q&A session. Location: Hilton Riverside, 2 …

— Do you know a volunteer age 50+ who is using his or her skills and experience to make a significant difference in your community? Honor his or her dedication, commitment, and creativity with a nomination for the 2017 AARP Louisiana  Andrus Award for Community Service — AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance …

— AARP Louisiana State Director Denise Bottcher has announced the appointment of Bobby G. Savoie as State President- the highest state level volunteer position within the nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. AARP Louisiana has nearly 500,000 members statewide. “We are excited to have Savoie step into this key leadership position,” Bottcher said. “His extensive professional experience, his service as an AARP volunteer and his passion for our mission make him an ideal choice.” Savoie, a Louisiana native, will lead AARP Louisiana’s volunteer Executive …

— Every two second’s someone’s identity is stolen.  In a 2015 report, there were more than 35,000 identity thefts, fraud and other consumer complaints in Louisiana. Combating fraud continues to be a top priority for AARP Louisiana. Shredding sensitive documents that you no longer need is one way to protect yourself, and the AARP  Fraud Watch Network  (FWN) is here to help you make that happen. You can begin spring cleaning after tax season by bringing your personal documents that you no …

— AARP Louisiana recently recognized Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards as a 2016 Capitol Caregiver. Capitol Caregivers are a bipartisan group of elected officials from across the country who fought for family caregivers in 2016- identifying needs facing caregivers, overcoming barriers to prevent caregivers from getting support, and establishing policies that will help family caregivers have the tools they need to care for their loved ones. Governor Edwards was recognized for his leadership and support of Act 351, also known as …

— AARP Louisiana is gearing up for its annual Soul Fest event! Round up the family and join us Saturday, March 4 and Sunday March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, LA. Soul Fest is a celebration of African American culture, highlighting the accomplishments and heritage through food, crafts and music. There’s something for everyone! Attendees can purchase authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers, take in the smooth rhythms of …