— When state lawmakers return to Topeka in January for the 2018 legislative session, AARP Kansas staff and volunteers will be on hand to advocate for issues important to Kansans 50 and older. The AARP state office’s legislative agenda will focus on long-term care, utilities and elder abuse. Financial abuse, for example, costs older Americans more than $2.9 billion per year. AARP Kansas is recruiting volunteers to get involved in these issues. Advocacy volunteers will contact state legislators and members of …

— The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has designated October as Long–Term Care Planning Month in an effort to raise awareness about long–term care. Research estimates about 70 percent of people who are 65 and older are going to require long–term care in their lifetime. While it may seem overwhelming to think about this topic, especially if the need is not yet there, now is a good time to start looking at options rather than waiting. What is long–term care? Long–term care (LTC) includes a range of …

— A new state law supported by AARP Nebraska can help reduce isolation for individuals receiving care at home or in nursing facilities. The Right to Visitation Act, which took effect Aug. 24, aims to protect adults who are sick or vulnerable from being denied the right to communicate with their family members. The law ensures certain family members—including aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and domestic partners—can visit a loved one in a private home, other residential dwelling or health care …

— What do we do with dear old dad? Or sweet old mom? Or both? So muse the adult children of parents who are septuagenarians , or octogenarians, or nonagenarians, or centenarians, or, .. . God forbid  –  supercentenarians? What do we do with them? Where do we put them? To the rescue – Long Term Care, or LTC. Sanctioned by the Federal Government. Sanctioned by each State. A profit center for the large hostelier. A non-profit for charitable entities. A …

—     CONTACT: Jane Margesson, AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   Health Care Proposals Are Deeply Unpopular Among Maine’s Largest Voting Block   Large Majorities of Older Voters Across Party Lines Oppose the Age Tax, Removal of Pre-existing Condition Protections, Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid   PORTLAND — AARP Maine today released new survey data highlighting the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over  health care policies important to older Americans. “Health care is a deeply …

— Idaho ranks 14th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations on quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. 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 …

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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 …

— [SEATTLE, WA] – Washington ranks #1 when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Washington include the need for more job opportunities for adults with disabilities who need assistance with activities of daily living. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations …

— Many Hawaii residents are facing a saving shortfall that could crimp their ability to enjoy a comfortable retirement and saving for retirement is especially difficult for women. That’s because women live longer than men, leave the work force more often to care for family members, and are at greater risk of outliving their retirement income.  Older women are 57 percent more likely to live in poverty than older men, according to a recent University of Hawaii study. To address this …

—   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 …