— A new Senate Bill, called the Share the Care Act will help families balance work and caregiving. AARP and a statewide coalition of partners worked throughout the 2018 legislative session to encourage the bill’s introduction.  Almost every family faces a very common dilemma at some point–a loved one needs care during the day, but family members cannot be there 24/7. Many families hire an aide to fill in the gaps. But Delaware state law does not permit aides hired through …

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— In a joint AARP-POLITICO poll released today, Florida voters age 50 and over do not feel better off financially despite a growing economy. The poll also found that Social Security and health care will be very important to 50-plus voters when they cast ballots for Congress in the mid-term elections, and they are deeply concerned about the future of Medicare. 

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— Award Recognizes Those Who Make a Powerful Difference in their Community  AARP New Mexico is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50-plus New Mexicans who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP New Mexico is excited to shine a light on individuals who are using their talents and experience to make a difference in their communities,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director. …

— Over 150,000 New York homeowners face potential foreclosure every year. Many of them fall prey to scam artists who promise to help them restructure their mortgage loans but never do – or trick them into signing over the deed to their home. This problem is particularly acute in New York’s communities of color and among older homeowners who have built up equity in their homes. And new varieties of deed theft scams continue to evolve, as loan modification scammers become …

—   Three billion dollars. That’s how much older Americans are losing to abuse and financial exploitation every year, and that’s only the reported amount. At AARP, staff and volunteers alike are working hard every day to fight elder abuse and exploitation across the country. Right here in the District, AARP DC is supporting a bill introduced by Councilmember Anita Bonds that proposes the creation of an Elder Abuse Response Team (EART) in Washington, DC. The team — whose goal is …

— AARP Michigan recognizes and supports our veterans AARP salutes and celebrates the service and sacrifices made by our veterans and active military personnel.  To show our appreciation, we host events and special promotions for veterans and their families throughout the year. Upcoming Events Join us as we honor and support veterans, military and their families by connecting them to benefits and resources. AARP Michigan will host the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to learn about benefits veterans earned through their service.  …

— By Sue Price Johnson Long-term care in the state—from in-home services to institutional care—ranks 38th in the nation, according to a recent survey. AARP North Carolina, the state Department of Health and Human Services and other organizations are working to upgrade that performance. They support legislation that helps improve the quality of care and are educating the public about issues such as tighter oversight of facilities and the high cost of care. Families seeking long-term care for a relative often …

— Hurricane season starts in June, and AARP Florida is encouraging everyone to be prepared. Residents should consider whether their health would suffer without air conditioning or fresh water, and should have at least three days’ worth of supplies. An emergency kit should include drinking water, food, medications, first aid supplies, flashlights, extra batteries and important documents. Florida was hit hard by Hurricane Irma in 2017. The storm caused at least 85 deaths, including 14 in a Broward County nursing home …

— The Bayou State is home to about 287,000 military veterans, and AARP Louisiana is committed to listening to them and understanding their needs. With the recent creation of the AARP state office’s Veterans Council, volunteers have begun reaching out to vets across the state to address their concerns about caregiving, fraud and other issues that affect military families. Louisiana is home to several military bases, as well as two inpatient and 17 outpatient veterans health care facilities and four centers …