— Inspired Service of Faith-filled Volunteers Recognized with 2017 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards AARP Kentucky volunteers, staff, and friends recently celebrated 23 inspiring, faith-filled volunteers nominated for their dedicated service in Louisville. The celebration experience was attended by more than 100, included a live band, and Emceed by WLOU 104.7 FM radio personality, Ms. Krystal. Wilma Mitchell, a local AARP Kentucky volunteer, helped to coordinate the outreach effort.  According to Mitchell, “I was honored and excited to be a part of …

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— New scorecard ranks Kentucky 50th in helping care for a growing populations of Kentuckians aging and living with disabilities.  Report calls for change in the pace to meet growing needs and shifting demographic demands. Picking Up the Pace of Change: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers – the third in a series of reports—ranks each state overall and on 25 specific indicators in five key dimensions: affordability and …

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— AARP Community Challenge Grant Program to Help Make Communities Better Places to Live for All Ages AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. The application deadline is June 30, 2017 and all projects must be completed by November 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted through …

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— Andrus Award recognizes community service AARP Kentucky is now seeking volunteer nominations for the 2017 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. The award is the Association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute recognizing outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. AARP Kentucky is now accepting nominations for the 2017 AARP Kentucky Andrus Award for Community Service. The Andrus Award recognizes outstanding Kentuckians age 50-plus who are making a powerful difference in their communities …

— Lexington AARP volunteers’ excitement could be seen on their faces as they greet local members and guests to the historic Lyric Theatre. The film, “Southside with You” was selected as the first in a series of free AARP Movies for Grownups in Lexington. The importance of community involvement and engagement was highlighted at Lexington’s Lyric Theatre during a screening of “Southside with You” part of AARP’s Movies for Grownups. The film, inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, …

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— Statewide Public Medicaid Coverage Forums Schedule Proposed changes to Kentucky’s Medicaid program are under review by federal officials at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In August, Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services’ Department for Medicaid submitted the state’s 1115 Medicaid Waiver to CMS. The demonstration waiver, Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health), is now open for the federal public comment period until October 8, 2016. A series of eight public forums are …

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— Kentucky Caregiver Resource Guide Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the continuum of caregiving—starting to plan, helping with a big move, or taking care of a family member in your home—having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations in Kentucky offering different types …

— Thurman-Abbott Home for Lady Veterans Ready to Serve Those Who’ve Served Us Kentucky’s first long-term transitional home for women veterans is now a reality for Lady Veterans Hands for Hope. In a state with 328,000 veterans, some 24,000 are women. As the number of women veterans doubles over the next three to five years, the new Thurman-Abbott Home for Lady Veterans in Lexington is an important step in bridging the gap for lady veterans. Reverend Jim Thurman of Shiloh Baptist …

— Can you think of a volunteer who’s made a significant impact in their community?  Who’s always willing to go the extra mile?  Who inspires others to volunteer? Nominate them for the 2016 AARP Kentucky 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 Kentuckians age 50+ who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, …

— Being a family caregiver can be overwhelming. Whether you’ve been caring for a loved one for many years or you’re just beginning your journey, our free webinar will teach you five simple steps that will make the process easier. From starting a conversation to forming your team and making a plan, we’ll share practical advice you can use. Plus, we’ll help you learn how to find support and care for yourself. Get more details and learn how you can watch live or …