Happy Birthday, Medicare!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-07-18T14:59:10+00:00">July 18, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

Today, in Nebraska more than 300,000 people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. Before President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 53 years ago this month, fewer than 25 percent of older Americans had meaningful health insurance. Even a minor illness could propel them into bankruptcy or send them into a life of poverty. Thankfully, the deal that was struck with Americans in 1965 – pay into Medicare throughout your working life …

Casting a Ballot Can Be a High Hurdle for Family Caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-14T12:39:22+00:00">June 14, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-14T12:44:25+00:00">June 14, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

Nearly 200,000 Nebraskans care for older parents, spouses, children and adults with disabilities, or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their homes and communities, where they want to be. A labor of love, family caregiving can be exhausting and overwhelming. That doesn’t change on Election Day. It can be incredibly difficult for many family caregivers to take a break from their caregiving responsibilities to get to the local polling station. And if a caregiver’s loved one is …

Celebrate Summer in Lincoln with AARP!

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-06-12T17:54:09+00:00">June 12, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-06-12T17:54:20+00:00">June 12, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

AARP in Lincoln is bringing you MORE opportunities to connect locally. Check out our upcoming summer events. We invite you to participate, learn and enjoy! Free Ice Cream Cone UNL Dairy Store – University of Nebraska – Lincoln 114 Food Industry Complex Lincoln, NE 68503 Tuesday, July 3 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Cost: FREE Enjoy a free ice cream cone with AARP at the UNL Dairy Store, 114 Food Industry Complex, UNL East Campus.  Stop at our AARP table …

Top Legislative Wins for 50-Plus Nebraskans

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-09T12:26:35+00:00">May 9, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

AARP scored several important wins for 50-plus Nebraskans in the fiscally challenging 2018 legislative session. Listed below are the top priority bills that we supported and actively worked to pass on behalf of our members, their families and caregivers. Please consider contacting the bill sponsors and thanking them for their hard work and leadership on these issues! Aging and Disability Resource Centers LB 793 includes creation of a permanent Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at locations across the state. …

AARP and Mary Lanning Healthcare collecting donations of mobility medical equipment

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-05-03T11:51:58+00:00">May 3, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

AARP Nebraska’s team of Hastings volunteers is joining forces with Mary Lanning Healthcare to host a Care to Share mobility medical equipment drive on June 16. The drive will be held at Mary Lanning Healthcare, 715 North St. Joseph Avenue from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All items to be donated must be clean and gently used. Accepted items include: wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, metal canes, shower chairs, bed rails, knee scooters and walkers. Any items that are soiled, porous or …

Volunteer Rosalee Yeaworth goes the distance to change state law

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-30T16:05:54+00:00">April 30, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-05-01T12:01:47+00:00">May 1, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

Rosalee Yeaworth knows a thing or two about completing a marathon. About 18 years ago, the AARP Nebraska Executive Council volunteer  began the long road to change a state law that prevents assisted living (AL) staff nurses from providing needed care to residents. Yeaworth, a former dean of the UNMC College of Nursing, was shocked to discover this restriction on registered nurses’ professional practice after placing her husband in memory care at a new assisted living facility only minutes from …

AARP Nebraska Leaders Press Congress on Vital Issues

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-25T11:30:26+00:00">April 25, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-25T11:31:31+00:00">April 25, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

On April 25, AARP Nebraska leaders and volunteers visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to make permanent the 7.5 percent medical expense tax deduction threshold, protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and support family caregivers by joining the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus. AARP visited the offices of Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Adrian Smith, Don Bacon and Jeff Fortenberry to discuss these and other issues …

Apply for a “Quick Action” Community Challenge Grant

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-04-24T13:58:58+00:00">April 24, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-04-24T14:02:31+00:00">April 24, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Projects may range in …

Nominate an Amazing Nebraska Volunteer for the Andrus Award

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-04-24T13:14:43+00:00">April 24, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

AARP Nebraska is seeking nominations for the 2018 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors age 50-plus Nebraskans who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Nebraska is excited to shine a light on 50+ Nebraskans who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said AARP State President Dave Holmquist. Nebraska’s Andrus Award recipient will be honored with $2,500 to …

Nationally Known Consumer Fraud Expert to Keynote ‘Stop the Heist’ Program in Grand Island, Lincoln and Ralston

Posted on <time class="entry-date published updated" datetime="2018-03-16T13:06:37+00:00">March 16, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

AARP Nebraska and Better Business Bureau (BBB) Foundation will host a special program featuring identity theft and consumer fraud expert Eva Velasquez in Grand Island and Lincoln April 10 and in Ralston April 11. The program, “Stop the Heist: Protect Your Identity from Thieves,” is free and open to the public. See registration details below. Velasquez is president of the San Diego-based Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) and a leading authority on consumer protection, identity theft, privacy, scams and fraud. …