— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – Lehigh Valley Mayoral Roundtable AARP is working to make the cities of the Lehigh Valley the best place to live for people of all ages.  On June 7, AARP hosted Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, Bethlehem Mayor Robert Donchez, and Easton Mayor Sal Panto for a unique conversation focused on improving the livability of their communities.  Dr. Rodney Harrell, the Director of the Office of Livability Thought Leadership in AARP’s Public Policy Institute, moderated the …

— ICYMI: AARP in Your Community – York On May 24, York County members relived history at the city’s William C. Goodridge Freedom Center—an important stop on the nation’s underground railroad during the 19th century.  The historic property and museum served as the setting for a reception and educational program that attracted 115 AARP members. The highlight of the program was a presentation by a living history interpreter portraying the character of William C. Goodridge, a former slave who risked his …

— Join AARP Oregon staff and volunteers this July at an AARP Activist  & Volunteer meeting near you.  Discover what we are doing in your community. Get an update on AARP’s local, state and national outreach and advocacy efforts for the first half of the year and what’s ahead. We also want to hear from you. Come share your thoughts about the issues that matter to you. Connect with others in your community and find out how you can continue to stay engaged, including as …

— The U.S. Senate is back in Washington following Independence Day to discuss a proposed health care bill that would spell higher costs and less coverage for many Virginians. In response, AARP has released a set of new TV and radio ads urging five Senators to oppose this bill: Shelley Moore Capito (W-VA), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), Cory Gardner (CO) Dean Heller (Nevada) and Rob Portman (Ohio) are the individuals constituents need to contact concerning these proposed higher costs. “Virginia’s Senators Mark Warner …

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— AARP Colorado is pleased to report its 2017 legislative activities. All bills referenced here were signed by Gov. John Hickenlooper unless otherwise noted. Bills with an asterisk (*) note a priority vote. For more information, click here. But first, save the following dates and come meet with us and share your views at AARP on Tour. Join AARP Colorado staff and volunteers to discuss AARP legislative priorities. Good conversation and light refreshments guaranteed. All forums are free and open to the public: Friday, …

— If you are passionate about serving your community through education and advocacy, we have the perfect opportunity for you! Be an AARP Virginia Multicultural Community Ambassador and provide education, advocacy, and outreach in your community! AARP Virginia understands the importance of multicultural volunteers and has made a long-term commitment to multicultural communities. There are several communities – Hispanic/Latino, Asian-American Pacific Islander, and LGBT – with whom we would like to increase our volunteer footprint in an effort to engage community members age 50-plus. Not only …

—   Kansas ranks 30th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Kansas include support for family caregivers and more effective transitions from nursing homes to home. 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 …

— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues related to health care access and affordability, home- and community-based services, retirement security, property taxes, and other issues important to 50+ North Dakotans. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what the interim …

— By Jill Gambon Jane Ahern-DeFillippi, public policy junkie, closely tracks bills in Washington, D.C., or on Beacon Hill that could affect her community, especially its older residents. As a volunteer legislative advocate for AARP Massachusetts, Ahern-DeFillippi also posts and shares updates daily on Facebook. She helps keep others informed about health care reform, for example, and upcoming classes or events. She became a Facebook “power user” after participating in a social media workshop offered by AARP Massachusetts. In the class, …

— Residents whose homes require exterior repairs due to storm damage will be better protected from fraudulent contractors under a new law, which takes effect July 1. AARP Wyoming was one of several organizations that helped develop the legislation and encouraged lawmakers to pass it earlier this year. The law requires contractors soliciting exterior repair services to disclose the company’s full name and whether the business is licensed and insured. The contractor must itemize in writing which repairs will be done, …