4 States

— More than 40 million Americans are family caregivers – Taking care of aging parents, ailing partners, children with disabilities or other loved ones. Family caregiving is a labor of love, but it can also be difficult – emotionally, physically and financially. Many caregivers put their own health and financial security at risk for the sake of their loved one. They often feel isolated at work or in their communities, unsure of where to go for resources or support. AARP is working …

— More than 452,000 Arkansans care for an older parent, spouse or other loved one, helping them live independently at home—where they want to be. These family caregivers take on huge responsibilities that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting. They juggle full- or part-time jobs, and many are still raising families. This year, an Arkansas lawmaker went above and beyond to provide commonsense support for family caregivers by championing Act 203 of 2017, which makes telehealth more accessible to Arkansans. Act …

— Clackamas, OR – To recognize their integral work to support family caregivers in Oregon, AARP names Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Sen. Jackie Winters, Sen. Richard Devlin, Sen. Tim Knopp, Rep. Nancy Nathanson, Rep. Dan Rayfield, and Rep. Greg Smith as 2017 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of nearly 100 elected officials from more than 30 states. These leaders have advanced policies to support Oregon’s family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and …

North Dakota State Capitol

— AARP Legislative Volunteers Make a Difference for North Dakotans We’re providing this site to help you stay connected with our advocacy work and to provide you with the resources you need when you want to write a letter, make a phone call, visit with a legislator or testify in front of a committee. We want to make the advocacy experience as easy and effective as possible, so if you need any assistance you can’t find here please contact Mike Chaussee, …

— 2018 Cuts to Medicare Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins sent a letter to Congressional leadership yesterday urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” Read the full text …

— At NYS Assembly Hearing, AARP Also Cites $704 Billion Economic Impact of 50+, Urges Cost-Effective Funding to Help NYers Avoid Expensive Nursing Homes ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP today outlined its proposal for a new middle class state tax credit for unpaid family caregivers while urging additional investment in cost-effective senior services to help caregivers help their loved ones age in their own homes and communities. The Association urged state legislators to support the tax credit and additional funding for critical …

— For almost a year, Edith Forehand has been the caregiver to her husband of 18 years, Wilbert, who has cancer. As a caregiver, Edith has learned several valuable lessons about herself. “Being patient with yourself and the person (even if you have to bite your tongue) is necessary,” she said with a smile in her voice. “Listen to what the person is saying—they might be trying to explain something—whether it’s something you’re doing or something you’re saying, always be sure …

— The season of giving brings about holiday cheer that so many are thrilled to celebrate.  With Christmas right around the corner we know everyone is busy finding the perfect gifts for loved ones, decorating trees with ornaments, and spending quality time with family. With all those never ending to-do lists and bargain hunting, many are unaware of the possibility of fraud and scams. Unfortunately, amidst all of the wonderful festivities, some people on Santa’s ”naughty list” are ready to catch you …

— As you get together with your family for the holiday season, take the time to celebrate each other, reflect on the past year, and prepare to usher in a new one. Take advantage of the family gathering to check in on each other’s health and well-being and, just as importantly, discuss the needs of loved ones who may need a family caregiver. Start the Conversation From recognizing that a loved one needs help, to determining which family members or friends …

— Greetings from AARP Maine! As 2017 comes to a close, I am happy to share our latest member newsletter with you. It has been quite a year for AARP in Maine! Our team of staff and volunteers worked tirelessly all year to protect programs that impact Mainers 50+ at the federal level and you can count on us to fight hard on these issues in 2018. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, a proposed health tax and age tax have all been …