— An inspiring guide to look, feel, and be your best, one small step at a time. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Winn, 202-434-2506, jwinn@aarp.org Barbara Hannah Grufferman ISBN: 978-1-4262-1832-3 On Sale: Feb. 6, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – With both wisdom and wit, Barbara Hannah Grufferman challenges readers to take control of their lives in her new book, Love Your Age: The Small-Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life (National Geographic/AARP, February 2018).             Grufferman, a …

— As we head toward the shortest day of sunlight, it’s a fitting time to talk about vitamin D and the brain. Vitamin D is produced when ultra violet sunlight makes contact with our skin. And studies have indicated that most of us, especially if we religiously use sunscreen in the summer months and live far from the equator, are likely deficient in vitamin D. This may be especially true if we are not supplementing with fortified foods (like some dairy …

— Join us for lunch and hear from medical and community professionals on a wide range of topics that help you stay informed and active.  Inova ACTIVE meets every last Wednesday of the month at 12 noon in the Engh Conference Center of Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. Inova ACTIVE: Adult Community That Is Very Energetic is the name of the monthly active seniors (age 60+) community group co-sponsored by Inova Mount Vernon Hospital and AARP Virginia.  We meet on the last Wednesday …

— AARP is proud to announce our fourth annual bipartisan class of Capitol Caregivers, state leaders who fought to increase support for family caregivers and their loved ones, said Nancy LeaMond, AARP Executive Vice President. AARP’s 2017 class of Capitol Caregivers recognizes 91 state legislators, five governors, one lieutenant governor, and one justice from more than 30 states. Among those honored are Michigan lawmakers Sen. James Marleau, R-Lake Orion and Rep. Ed Canfield, R-Sebewaing. Marleau chairs the Senate Appropriations Health and …

— Whether you’re retired and living on a fixed income, or work in an office or at a construction site, you should be able to see a doctor or nurse when you’re sick and get medications when you need them. And it shouldn’t bankrupt you. Your income shouldn’t determine whether you can get the care you need. That’s why AARP Oregon is working with over 100 organizations across the state to urge Oregonians to vote YES on Measure 101 this January. …

— By Dr. Susannah Spiess, MD Rich, delicious foods are irresistible during the holidays but heavy meals can leave us with that all-too-familiar burning pain that moves up to the throat. Heartburn may be a symptom of a more severe condition like gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). What is GERD? GERD is a disorder of the digestive tract that can lead to serious complications if left untreated. GERD occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the valve that connects the esophagus to …

— December 8, 2017 2018 Cuts Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — On December 7, 2017 AARP sent a letter to Congressional leadership 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.” The full text of …

— 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 …

5 States

— AARP Florida Director Jeff Johnson warned hundreds of thousands of older Floridians Wednesday that they could lose thousands of dollars in income-tax deductions next year if Congress moves ahead with a U.S. House plan to impose a “health tax.” A House tax plan adopted last month would eliminate a current feature of tax law that allows Americans to deduct some of the cost of high medical expenses from their taxable income. As of 2017, taxpayers can deduct qualified medical expenses …

— From Gongwer News Service Michigan’s Medicaid expansion program, Healthy Michigan, has kept health insurance premiums lower overall and has fostered health care innovation, particularly in terms social factors of health, but the legislation that enacted the program has a grave defect that could cost the state the overall benefit of the program, a report by the Citizens Research Council said.  The report said the Legislature’s requirement that the Healthy Michigan plan end if the state incurs more costs than savings …