Easing the Burden on Family Caregivers

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving By David Lewellen A decade ago, Cookie Anderson bought her first house so that her aging mother could move in with her. For years, Anderson, who lives in Milwaukee, had been driving 67 miles to Fond du Lac to help her parents. But when her father died in 2004, her mother’s dementia was worsening “and I couldn’t leave her there. I just couldn’t.” Anderson moved out of her apartment and into a house with a first-floor bedroom, then reordered her …

Include Medicaid Expansion in the State Budget

Posted on 03/23/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing The following testimony was provided by AARP volunteer advocate Caryl Ligler at the Joint Finance Public Hearing in Rice Lake on March 23, 2015. Good morning. My name is Caryl Ligler. I am a Trego resident and volunteer advocate for AARP Wisconsin. I am serving as the spokesperson for the group of AARP Wisconsin Advocates here today. We advocate on behalf of people 50 years and older. Many receive their healthcare coverage through the childless adult program. AARP Wisconsin has four major issues they wish either …

Include Wisconsin Private Secure Retirement Act in State Budget

Posted on 03/20/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Money & Work The following testimony was provided by AARP Executive Council Member Sandy Drew at the Joint Finance Public Hearing in Milwaukee on March 20, 2015. Good morning. My name is Sandy Drew. I am a member of the Executive Council and a volunteer advocate for AARP Wisconsin. I am serving as the spokesperson for the group of AARP Wisconsin Advocates here today. AARP Wisconsin has four major issues they wish either be included in or removed from the Governor’s proposed budget. …

Upcoming Events in the Milwaukee Area

Posted on 03/16/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Community | Events | Local Resources Great things are happening in the Milwaukee area. AARP is proud to be part of it. Join us!   “AARP on Tap” Happy Hour on March 24 Talking about financial security doesn’t have to be dull. Join us for delicious appetizers, a free drink and a chance to find out how much you know during our bar trivia. Tuesday, March 24 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Joey Buona’s – 500 N. Water Street, Milwaukee Register online or by calling 1-877-926-8300. ______________________________________________________________________________________ Financial Security …

Sound Off on State Budget

Posted on 03/11/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Events The Governor has introduced his state budget – now it’s time for the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) to hear from you! The legislature’s JFC has scheduled four public hearings over the next couple of weeks, giving Wisconsinites an opportunity to voice their opinions on spending proposals for 2015-17. The committee will then make recommendations to the legislature, which will vote on the budget and send it to the governor for approval. AARP will be front and center at all of …

How the Budget Impacts Seniors

Posted on 03/11/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing Governor Walker’s proposed state budget will soon be open for comment at four public hearings across the state. You can count on AARP being a persistent voice at each one, testifying about how the budget would impact seniors. We are asking legislators to take out the Governor’s proposed changes to SeniorCare and Family Care. We are also urging the state to include Medicaid Expansion and to put the Wisconsin Private Secure Retirement Act in the budget. Here’s what’s at stake: …