— AARP Iowa has released the results of a statewide caregiving survey showing that 96 percent of current family caregivers in Iowa believe it is ‘extremely’ or ‘very’ important that they receive instruction on medical tasks they need to provide for their loved one at home upon being discharged from the hospital.  The survey of 800 registered voters age 40+ across the state also showed that Iowans are overwhelmingly in support of three measures in the Iowa CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record …

— Henry Kenney III is an AARP Maryland Communications Intern and graduate student at Georgetown University. On November 29, I had the opportunity to interview Shawn Perry, founder and host of the popular radio broadcast The Senior Zone. The Maryland resident is using his platform to reshape and positively influence the lives of seniors and older adults in the DMV area. The Senior Zone’s first broadcast was on November 12, 2012, and for over six years now Shawn has been using …

— Congress did a good thing earlier this year when it passed a law to help America’s seniors pay less for their prescription drugs. But now, big drug companies are spending millions trying to strong-arm members of Congress into breaking the deal just to boost their own profits. This would be a terrible blow to seniors. More than 40 million older Americans rely on the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit to help them pay for life-saving medicines. Unfortunately, an increasing …

— AARP Advocacy Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, January 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the N.D. State Capitol. All AARP members are invited to participate. We will have busses traveling from Minot and Fargo to help members with transportation. You will have the opportunity to take part in the legislative process by attending hearings and floor sessions, and visiting with your legislators. AARP staff and volunteers will guide you through the Capitol and give …

— AARP North Dakota’s advocacy agenda is taking shape as we prepare for the 2019 session of the North Dakota Legislature, which beings on January 3. We’d like to invite you to participate in a conversation about or work with state legislators. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, we’ll host a statewide telephone town hall for our members. We invite you to participate and ask your questions about the 2019 legislature and our advocacy work during the session. We know we’ll …

— Kathy Siggins of Mt. Airy has been leading an effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s through the sale of stamps she helped to create. This specialty stamp is being sold with a portion of its proceeds going to Alzheimer’s research at NIH. Kathy’s mission to end Alzheimer’s has come a long way, but it’s far from over. And you can help. Watch her story below, and to purchase the Alzheimer’s stamp, visit bit.ly/buyalzstamp to support this important research. If you’re interested …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anna Landrum, a senior at Northeast Jones High School. She was nominated by Lori Landrum. “Anna plays volleyball, basketball and softball,” Landrum said. “She has been a member of her inaugural volleyball team for its first two years and this year …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anne Grayson Clanton, a senior at Lafayette High School. She was nominated by Jennifer Painter. “Anne has a 3.91 GPA and is ranked 19 out of 197 seniors while being a full-time band member since 6th grade and working a part-time …

— 41% of Middle Class Headed Toward Poverty or Near-Poverty in Retirement; NYers of Color Face Starkest Inequities as AARP Looks to #DisruptDisparities NEW YORK, N.Y. – More than two of every five middle class New Yorkers in their 50s are headed for poverty or near-poverty in retirement. Typical workers in the bottom 90 percent of earnings will need almost a third more income in retirement to maintain their standard of living. And fewer workers of color have access to workplace …