Take Smart Driver Course, for Free This Month

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-25T14:52:53+00:00">September 25, 2018</time> by AARP Kansas

The popular AARP Smart Driver course will be available more than 20 times in Kansas this month. The eight-hour course includes tips to prevent distracted driving and advice for handling trouble spots such as left turns and roundabouts. The course is free, but space is limited. Those who complete the course may be eligible for a multiyear discount on auto insurance. In 2016 there were 429 driving fatalities in Kansas, up from 355 the year before. The state ranked second …

Guardianships in State Need Better Oversight

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-24T16:30:09+00:00">September 24, 2018</time> by AARP Texas

By Laura Tillman Rosamond Bradley was 73 and living on her own in 2009. She had been a teacher, church volunteer and avid traveler. But she had begun to behave erratically. After one incident—smashing windows in her home, claiming a burglar was trying to get in—Bradley was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Eventually, a Lubbock County judge, citing Bradley’s mental illness and dementia, found that she was incapable of taking care of herself and named a son as her guardian. …

Registration Deadline Near for Nov. 6 Vote

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-26T15:43:57+00:00">September 26, 2018</time> by AARP Alabama

AARP Alabama reminds residents that every vote matters, with elections for seven U.S. House seats, governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state legislative seats. Registration for the Nov. 6 election ends Oct. 22. Voters must provide a valid photo ID. Check sos.alabama.gov for more information. To read about key issues affecting 50-plus voters, go to aarp.org/vote.

Workshop for Families Dealing with Dementia

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-26T15:51:39+00:00">September 26, 2018</time> by AARP Georgia

More than 140,000 Georgians live with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and African Americans are at a greater risk of developing the condition. Learn more about how to support people with dementia and their caregivers at the workshop Understanding Dementia in the African American Community, cosponsored by SageNavigator and Faith Village Connections, on Saturday, Oct. 20. Occurring from 10 a.m. to noon at Light of the World Church International (1040 Willingham Drive in East Point), the event will …

Stakes Are High in Midterm Elections

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-28T14:57:43+00:00">September 28, 2018</time> by AARP New Jersey

By Aliya S. King Walter “Chuck” Johnson, of West Orange, knows just how much is at stake for him in the Nov. 6 elections. He lives in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District, which could help decide what party controls the U.S. House next year. And as a recently retired corrections officer with aging parents, he sees how the election outcome could affect his life. “I’m beginning to have conversations with my parents about long-term care, and I want to be …

Stakes Are High for Nov. 6 Election

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-26T15:57:02+00:00">September 26, 2018</time> by AARP Arkansas

Voter turnout typically drops during midterm elections, and that means older voters can have a powerful impact. On Nov. 6, Arkansans will select a governor, lieutenant governor, four U.S. representatives, members of the state legislature and candidates for other local posts. A proposed constitutional amendment would limit noneconomic and punitive damages in personal injury and wrongful death cases. AARP opposes the amendment because it diminishes the power of vulnerable people in medical facilities and nursing homes. AARP urges all voters …

A Big Push for Voter Turnout

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-02T12:14:30+00:00">October 2, 2018</time> by AARP New York

By Philip Lentz Jack Kott, a retired teacher and AARP New York volunteer coordinator on Long Island, is on a mission this fall to increase turnout among voters 50-plus. “We have to wake people up, especially in an off-year election,” said Kott, 74. “More than a million older voters didn’t vote in the last midterms in New York alone,” he noted. “Those million-plus votes can be the difference in whether Social Security is continued and in saving Medicare. We have …

Candidates for Governor Tackle Key Issues

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-28T15:42:53+00:00">September 28, 2018</time> by AARP South Carolina

By Linda H. Lamb Gov. Henry D. McMaster and state Rep. James E. Smith Jr., both born in Columbia but 20 years apart, took different paths to the Nov. 6 governor’s race. Republican McMaster, 71, a lawyer, served as attorney general and, as lieutenant governor, head of the state Office on Aging. Democrat Smith, 51, a lawyer and state representative, served in the military and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. While the legislature is the dominant …

Tickets for Air Force-Boise State Game

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-01T16:31:04+00:00">October 1, 2018</time> by AARP Colorado

College football fans can take advantage of discount tickets from AARP Colorado and watch the Air Force Academy Falcons play a conference foe, the Boise State Broncos, on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 5 p.m., at Falcons Stadium in Colorado Springs. AARP Colorado will have a booth in the Falcon Alley tailgate section and will share information with members on caregiving, preventing scams and other initiatives and upcoming events. Members who purchase tickets with a discount code can buy lower seating …

Late in Season, Storm Preparation Continues

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-10-01T00:01:00+00:00">October 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-09-26T16:20:41+00:00">September 26, 2018</time> by AARP Virgin Islands

With two months left of hurricane season, AARP Virgin Islands continues to share resources and tips on storm preparedness. In many ways the islands are still recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, in 2017. AARP Foundation collected and donated more than $600,000 for local projects. For more information, go to aarp.org/vi. Check out a video at aarpfoundation.org/recoveryandrelief of the visit by CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson earlier this year to the Virgin Islands and Puerto …