On Saturday, May 19, the Minnesota House and Senate passed legislation strengthening protections for older and vulnerable adults in long-term care residential facilities. Currently the only state to not license assisted living facilities, Minnesota's Department of Health receives approximately 400 cases of abuse and neglect every week. The bill passed earlier this week (HF90/SF8) seeks to address this critical problem.
This week, AARP and consumer advocates claimed victory after coming to consensus with the long-term care industry on a bill to prevent elder abuse. More than two years ago, a Star Tribune series, Left to Suffer, unveiled a broken regulatory system that left many older and vulnerable adults at risk for abuse and neglect. Minnesota is the only state in the country that does not license assisted living facilities. Reports of elder abuse, uncovered more than 2 years ago, continue with the Minnesota Department of Health receiving approximately 400 cases of abuse and neglect every week.
AARP successfully completed the Spring ON TAP schedule with events at Invictus, Broken Clock, and St Paul Brewing. Almost 100 people attended each of these events with food and cash collected and donated to local food shelves. See below for more information and pictures of the Spring events.
Right now, Americans are paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world - often double what other countries pay for the same medicine millions of people depend on. Too many Americans are choosing between filing a prescription or buying groceries.
AARP Minnesota has a new office! We are now located at 1919 University Avenue W., Suite 500, Saint Paul, MN 55104. There is free visitor and handicap parking located on the west side of the building in Parking Lot C. If the visitor lot is full, there are visitor parking spots in Parking Lot B. Once you park and enter the building, proceed to the elevator bank and go to the 5 th Floor. AARP Minnesota is located in Suite #500.
A network of Fraud Fighter volunteers with AARP Minnesota educate our members and the public about consumer fraud and identity theft. They offer formal presentations to community groups, but also spread the word with their family and friends to help everyone avoid financial crime.
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