Vote Yes for Affordable Health Care

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-20T00:01:00+00:00">January 20, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-20T19:31:15+00:00">December 20, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

Measure 101—which voters will decide in a Jan. 23 special election—aims to ensure that state assessments on health insurance companies and hospitals will continue to be matched by federal dollars. These funds can be used for one purpose only: to provide affordable health care for Oregonians. AARP Oregon is encouraging members to vote ‘yes’ on the measure. Other supporters include the Oregon Medical Association, Oregon Nurses Association and Providence Health & Services. If the measure fails, more than 350,000 Oregonians …

Age-Friendly Helps Everyone

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T03:27:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-18T15:28:09+00:00">December 18, 2017</time> by AARP Wisconsin

By David Lewellen Every year on a Saturday in late fall, about 150 volunteers fan out in the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood on a mission to clean up the yards of older residents. Volunteers from churches, Scout troops and school groups rake leaves, put away patio furniture and do whatever else is needed to help 35 households get ready for winter. “We try to meet and connect with as many of the people as we can,” said Emma Boehm, a …

Volunteers Help Older Residents

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T03:19:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-20T22:30:17+00:00">December 20, 2017</time> by AARP Colorado

By Danica Lucker Alan Romero never forgot the impact AARP volunteers had on his parents when they were living in McAllen, Texas, in the late 1970s. They needed help making financial decisions and had nowhere to turn. “Living in what was then a small town and a Latino community in South Texas, they didn’t have any qualified resources to help them,” Romero explained. “AARP was really their only resource. AARP’s services were so beneficial.” The experience inspired Romero, 50, who …

Housing Tops Legislative Advocacy Agenda

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T03:15:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-19T17:02:50+00:00">December 19, 2017</time> by AARP California

By Laura Mecoy Michael Achkar thought he had the perfect solution when he built a small house for his father in the backyard of his Capitola home. Then Achkar encountered one of the many challenges Californians face as the state seeks to expand housing: Connecting the separate unit to a water supply would cost more than $24,000 for fees and the installation of a new meter—requirements of his local water district, which has serious supply issues. Because of the high …

Our Communities Offer Lifelong Livability

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:56:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T11:05:20+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

Age-friendly communities in Maine outnumber those in any other state. Old Orchard Beach, Stonington, Raymond and Jackman recently joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, bringing Maine’s total to 45 cities and towns. In each place, local officials, businesses, nonprofit groups and residents are collaborating to adopt practices that can make their community more livable at any age. Bowdoinham, for example, created the Handy Brigade, a cadre of volunteers who do simple home repairs for free. In Augusta, a resident …

Join the Harvest for the Hungry

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:48:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T11:53:59+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP Maryland

Hunger persists long after the holiday spirit of giving winds down. That’s why AARP Maryland sponsors Spring Forward Harvest for the Hungry, an annual drive to replenish local food pantries. Nearly 1 in 5 low-income residents 60 and older struggle with hunger, according to Maryland Hunger Solutions. Older people who don’t know where they will get their next meal are five times more likely than their food-secure peers to suffer from depression. They also are more susceptible to extended hospital …

Paid Family Leave Now Law

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:47:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T10:56:11+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP New York

Private sector workers in New York who are also family caregivers became eligible for paid family leave as of Jan. 1. Under a new law proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and supported by AARP New York, workers can take as much as eight weeks of family leave to care for older relatives, as well as to bond with newborns. They receive half their average weekly pay—or up to half the statewide average, whichever is less. By 2021, the maximums …

Capitol Advocacy Team Focusing on Legislature

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:33:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T11:48:22+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP West Virginia

It’s a new year, and the AARP West Virginia Capital Advocacy Team is ready to spring into action when the legislature convenes Jan. 10. AARP staff and volunteers will meet with lawmakers throughout the session to discuss legislation that affects caregiving, financial security, broadband access, and funding for home and community-based services. In addition, AARP is working with health care providers to ensure smooth transitions from hospital to home for patients and their family caregivers under a state law enacted …

Making All Ages Welcome Here

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:27:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T11:33:20+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

The Tar Heel State has mountains, a seaside and a renowned research hub. In addition, communities across the state are taking steps to become more age-friendly. More than 2.5 million North Carolinians live in areas that have joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The AARP state office wants to increase that number to 5 million by 2020. U.S. Census projections show 1 in 5 North Carolinians will be 65 or older by 2035. Communities that join the network commit …

Social Security and Tax Relief

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:26:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T10:46:40+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP Vermont

AARP Vermont is urging legislators to take action in 2018 to reduce state income taxes on Social Security benefits. The Green Mountain State is one of four states that tax Social Security at the same income levels as the federal government does. Individuals with annual income of more than $25,000 and couples with more than $32,000 face state taxes on their benefits. Those thresholds have not increased in nearly 30 years, despite inflation. About 145,000 Vermonters receive Social Security. Vermonters …