AARP Urges Congress to Prevent $25 Billion in Medicare Cuts

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-12-08T14:47:57+00:00">December 8, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

December 8, 2017 2018 Cuts Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — On December 7, 2017 AARP sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” The full text of …

Scam Alert: Fake Websites

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-06T08:37:00+00:00">December 6, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-28T15:07:50+00:00">November 28, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

Scam artists set up fake websites offering anything you could want to buy as gifts around the holidays, at prices that are too-good-to-be-true. And guess what? They are! You’ll never receive the gift you thought you bought, and the scammers could turn around and use your credit card information for their own purchases. Stick to well-known shopping sites, and always type in the web address, rather than clicking from a link to the retailer. Be a fraud fighter! If you …

AARP Letter to Senate: Tax Legislation Could Spur Significant Cuts to Medicare

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-30T14:32:48+00:00">November 30, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

Millions of Older Americans Would See Tax Hikes or No Tax Relief, Millions More May See Their Health Care Premiums Rise November 30, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about tens of billions of dollars in potential cuts to Medicare next year alone, as well as potential tax increases or little or no tax relief for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Senate is below:   Dear Senator: On behalf of …

AARP Responds to House’s Passage of Tax Bill, Urges Changes to Senate Version

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-16T19:31:41+00:00">November 16, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-16T19:32:21+00:00">November 16, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

November 16, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to the U.S. House passage of the tax bill: “AARP is disappointed by the tax bill that the House passed earlier today because it is harmful to millions of Americans age 65-plus. The Congressional Budget Office has stated that the large deficits created by H.R. 1 will result in a $25 billion cut to Medicare (absent additional …

AARP and U.S. Postal Inspection Service Team Up for ‘Operation Protect Veterans’

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-11-08T13:12:07+00:00">November 8, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

New Research Finds Military Veterans Victimized by Scams Twice as Often as Non-veterans    WASHINGTON, DC—The AARP Fraud Watch Network and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service today jointly announced the launch of Operation Protect Veterans — a national campaign to warn those who have served in the military about scams and fraud schemes that target veterans. With a new AARP survey showing that veterans are frequently targeted by scam artists and victimized twice as often as the rest of the …

AARP Survey Reveals Emotions Among Caregivers, Care Recipients

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-11-07T12:13:14+00:00">November 7, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-07T12:16:12+00:00">November 7, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

  WASHINGTON, DC — AARP’s recent survey shows that positive emotions far outweigh negative emotions for both family caregivers and care recipients. Family caregivers report more positive emotions despite half feeling stressed or worried and care recipients report more positive emotions despite 6 out of 10 feeling less independent. The survey also found that family caregivers who felt more prepared to take on their role were more likely to report positive emotions than negative. “Changing roles can be difficult to …

CARE Act wallet card available for family caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-20T16:44:22+00:00">October 20, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

About 85,000 Alaskans are caring for an older parent, spouse, or other loved one, helping them to live independently. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act went into effect January 1, 2017. It supports family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Alaska became the 32nd state/territory to sign the …

Alaskans: It’s Long Term Care Planning Month

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-10-20T13:22:48+00:00">October 20, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

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 …

Free Public Lecture in Juneau on October 3

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-09-15T19:38:52+00:00">September 15, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

If you live in Juneau, you are invited to a free public lecture “Finding a Better Path to the End of Life” by Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter on Tuesday, October 3 at 6:30 p.m. Centennial Hall. In today’s medical culture, the dying are often put on what Dr. Zitter calls the “End-of-Life Conveyor Belt.” They are intubated, catheterized, and die attached to machines, frequently without even knowing they are dying. In her work, Zitter builds bridges between patients and the …

AARP Survey Suggests Engaging in Brain-Stimulating Activities May Help Improve Brain Health

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2017-08-10T13:12:56+00:00">August 10, 2017</time> by AARP Alaska

    Staying Sharp by AARP provides holistic approach and tools to help keep the brain active  August 10, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—According to AARP’s recently released survey of more than 1,100 Americans over age 40, those who participate in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) self-report higher cognitive functioning, health, and well-being than those who don’t participate in CSAs. CSAs examined in the survey include musical and creative activities, educational activities, physical exercise, socializing, and playing games and puzzles. Adults over age …