—   AARP Louisiana held its 5th Annual Caregiver Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 23. Caregivers from across the state had an opportunity to meet with their legislators to discuss issues that affect older adults in Louisiana. “Constituents shared their caregiving stories with legislators, who promised to do more to find alternatives to costly nursing homes and help more people live at home,” said Andrew Muhl, AARP Louisiana Advocacy Director. Last year, Caregiver Day helped to pass the Nursing …

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— Caring for a friend, family member or loved one?  You’re not alone. There are more than 42 million family caregivers in the US and more than 173,000 right here in New Hampshire, providing care for aging parents, spouses, friends or other loved ones, enabling them to live independently in their own homes. Join us for a free, family caregiving event in Portsmouth on June 1.  The lightly-facilitated conversation about family caregiving will help you: Discover five key steps to aid …

— BILL STATUS UPDATE: House Bill 1087 passed the House on Feb. 21 (see AARP Statement) on a vote of 63-33.  It passed the Senate on April 16 on a vote of 26-22 (see AARP Statement).  The House concurred with Senate amendments on April 23, clearing the way for Governor Inslee’s signature. With baby boomers soon to start turning 80, Washington State must continue our long-standing commitment to improving long-term services and supports for older people and those with disabilities. A …

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— Christian County 5th grader, his family, and teacher honored for a heartfelt story of  Grandfather’s love in statewide essay contest. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Sebastian Dazey of Millbrooke Elementary in Hopkinsville earned top honors in the 2019 Grandparent of the Year Essay Contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Sebastian Dazey and his grandfather, Danny Crunk, received statewide recognition during the 18th Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremony at the KRTA Convention in Louisville. The …

— AARP Florida, the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, and the Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative invites your participation at the 4th Annual Age-Friendly Communities Sharing Symposium The FREE two-day event is designed for community leaders and partners across the Aging Network and beyond – to advance Age-Friendly and Dementia-Caring practices that enhance life for all Floridians. By sharing Best Practices, the event will provide you – and your community – with opportunities to: Learn from others who are advancing age and dementia-friendly …

— No one should face Alzheimer’s alone. A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is life-changing. Take steps to learn more about the changes you as a caregiver may experience through the stages of dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association, National Capital Area Chapter, and the Prince William Area Agency on Aging are holding their 3rd annual Dementia Caregiver Conference on Saturday, May 4, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Edward R. Kelly Leadership Center, 14715 Bristow Road Manassas, VA 20112. The …

— Join AARP Oklahoma for a special screening of “A Star Is Born” starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at Guthrie Green on Thursday, May 16. Pre-register for the movie HERE or call 1-877-926-8300 and you will be entered to win a Yeti cooler. We’ve set up a special lounge area for you to kick back, relax and watch the critically-acclaimed performances and Oscar-winning song. Also,  while enjoying the movie attendees may cool off with complimentary organic fruit pops from The …

— After the initial cancer diagnosis, most patients have a structured treatment plan with appointments, and a time structure. As the caregiver, you are adjusting your life to help the patient with medications, getting to the doctor visits, and handling the everyday responsibilities of running the household, and trying to continue a job, business, or career of your own. You will try to balance ‘his/her needs and your own. If you have children, you are also trying to maintain a ‘normal’ …

— Delaware’s Senate passed the Share the Care Act, SB 27, this week by a vote of 20-0. AARP is working with a statewide coalition of partners to pass the bill, and this vote moves it one step closer to becoming a law in Delaware. The Share the Care Act would remove a legal barrier that prevents home health aides or personal care workers from giving medicines to patients at home. The bill would make it possible for families to delegate …

— Imagine aging on your own terms Aging doesn’t have to be overwhelming, this should be a time to reinvent yourself, enjoy time with family, and live life on your own terms. Stop by AARP Virginia’s exhibit at the Transitions expo on Wednesday, May 15 in the food court of Potomac Mills. This is a free education expo that showcases resources available to older adults, families, and caregivers in the Prince William area. Exhibits provide insights and answers for enhancing your …