— Measure 101‚ÄĒwhich voters will decide in a Jan. 23 special election‚ÄĒaims 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 ‚Äėyes‚Äô 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 …

— January can represent new beginnings and renewed purpose. With that in mind, consider my top five ways to maintain and improve your brain health throughout 2018. Adopt an aerobic exercise routine. Research shows that people in their 70s who briskly walk 40 minutes 3 times per week experience growth of the hippocampus, the brain‚Äôs ‚Äúmemory center.‚ÄĚ This type of exercise causes an increase in specific brain ‚Äúgrowth factors‚ÄĚ that help brand new neurons to develop and thrive. Eat a more …

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— The 2018 Georgia Legislative Session kicked off this week, and the General Assembly has already completed four legislative days of its 40-day session. We will see much activity over the coming weeks, and AARP Georgia looks forward to working with volunteers and community partners to advance our legislative priorities. This year, among other efforts, we are supporting passage of the Georgia Family Caregivers Act, which will help family caregivers as their loved ones go into the hospital and as they …

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— AARP Georgia State Director Debra Tyler-Horton provides an overview of the faith-based toolkit and its benefits. The toolkit is an online, self-service resource designed for clergy and leaders of faith-based organizations. The toolkit was designed to help faith-based organizations create an impactful ministry for their congregants, members, staff and volunteers who are 50 years of age and older. To access the toolkit, please go to www.aarp.org/ministryresources.  

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— Lace up your tennis shoes and get to know AARP Kentucky volunteers and staff on Thursday, April 26th and Friday, April 27th at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon Expo. Pick up your race packet at the expo, then come by the AARP table to chat with us and learn what we‚Äôre doing in your community.¬† Be sure to check out your virtual race bag for a sweet treat from AARP. The Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon is …

— Thousands of Virginians don’t have health insurance because their employers don’t offer it or they can’t afford it.¬†¬† If Virginia lawmakers were to take advantage of enhanced federal funding, the state could provide Medicaid coverage for up to 400,000 additional individuals. If you don’t have health insurance, we want to hear from you.¬† Tell us how the lack of health care coverage affects your life.¬† We won’t share your story without your permission. Email us at gthompson@aarp.org.   ¬†

— As bitter cold temperatures settle in, most families are turning up their thermostats to stay warm. For some low- and fixed-income households, cranking up the heat is not always an option. The North Dakota Department of Human Services reminds people that help is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program pays a portion of home heating costs for qualifying low-income households. Older adults, people with disabilities, and families with children age five and younger …

— The PA General Assembly is currently considering legislation (SB 780 and HB 1648) that would recognize telemedicine as a solution to improving health care access. AARP PA strongly supports the proposed legislation. You can learn more about the issue below. What is Telemedicine? Telemedicine or telehealth embraces the use of computers, cellphones or other communication technology to provide patients with the health care they need, when they need it. ¬†It doesn‚Äôt replace one-on-one, in-person interactions with a doctor, nurse or …

— Please join AARP New York, the Asian American¬†Federation, the Hispanic Federation, the NAACP and the Urban League in an important forum about¬†the significant racial and ethnic disparities that¬†currently, exist among New York‚Äôs 50+ multicultural¬†communities. This timely discussion will convene¬†thought leaders, elected officials and community¬†leaders from across the State of New York to¬†address the serious gaps that exist among older¬†adults in the areas of health, financial security, and¬†livable communities.¬†An action plan will highlight critical findings from a¬†set of issue papers that …

— AARP Illinois Offers Simple Steps to Stay Warm, Urges Residents to Check In on Elderly Friends and Neighbors ¬†CHICAGO‚Äď With a record breaking extreme round of cold weather upon us on the first week of 2018, it‚Äôs critical to wear layers, stay warm, protect yourself against falls and injuries, and check in on elderly relatives, friends, and neighbors who may be at particular risk of cold-related health problems. Simple, quick steps can help you and others stay warm and safe …