— Healthy living is within your reach, and there are practical steps you can take right now to stay healthy or improve your wellness. Join AARP North Dakota to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle. You’ll gain access to information and resources on ways to live a more healthy life as you age. There is no cost to attend this lunch and learn, but registration is required. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at each location. The …

— Increase for non-Medicaid Services for the Elderly Supports Working, Middle Class Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 New York State Executive Budget proposal: “Governor Cuomo’s proposed $15 million increase for services that support working and middle class family caregivers in caring for their loved ones at home would help thousands of families. This is a smart and visionary investment; these services help prevent unwanted …

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— AARP Kentucky Lobby Day – Kentucky General Assembly In today’s non-stop tech driven world of Tweets, texts, and email, the faces and stories of “folks back home” still make a difference in the Capitol. That’s why AARP Kentucky is bringing our volunteers, Chapters, and grassroots activists back to Frankfort on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. AARP Kentucky Lobby Day is an exciting way to meet your lawmakers face-to-face. It’s an important part of making the voices of Kentuckians 50-plus heard in …

— A bill introduced in the North Dakota Legislature would better support thousands of family caregivers in the state. The Caregiver, Advise, Record, and Enable Act (Senate Bill 2154), was introduced by Senators Nichole Poolman (R-Bismarck), Dick Dever (R-Bismarck), and Kathy Hogan (D-Fargo), and Representatives Thomas Beadle (R-Fargo), Gretchen Dobervich (D-Fargo), and Lisa Meier (R-Bismarck). Also known as the CARE Act, the legislation would help unpaid family caregivers better care for their loved ones when they are discharged from a hospital. …

— AARP Advocacy Day at the Capitol will take place on Tuesday, January 29, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the N.D. State Capitol. All AARP members are invited to participate. We will have busses traveling from Minot and Fargo to help members with transportation. You will have the opportunity to take part in the legislative process by attending hearings and floor sessions, and visiting with your legislators. AARP staff and volunteers will guide you through the Capitol and give …

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— Tallahassee, Fla. – AARP Florida Friday urged Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’s new administration to “rebalance” Florida’s Medicaid long-term care budget so frail older and disabled Floridians could get more help to remain in their homes and communities, rather than being cared for in institutions such as nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Such a shift could make wiser use of Medicaid dollars and help Florida make progress on whittling down its growing waiting lists for care at a time when Florida’s …

— AARP Foundation Tax-Aide sites across North Dakota open in February to help people prepare their 2018 tax returns. This free service is available to low- and moderate-income taxpayers of all ages with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member to take advantage of the service. IRS-certified volunteers are trained to assist in filing accurate returns and help taxpayers receive all of the benefits, credits, and deductions to which they are entitled. …

— Pete Kuhn of Grand Forks has been named AARP Driver Safety State Coordinator in North Dakota effective Jan. 1, 2019. Kuhn joined the Driver Safety program as a volunteer instructor in 2007. Since then he has taught 32 courses reaching 352 drivers. Along with his classroom instructor duties, Kuhn became the Grand Forks area district coordinator in 2013. Kuhn was also recently named the North Dakota Volunteer of the Year for the AARP Driver Safety program. Brian Larson of Bismarck, …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Carrisha Williams, a senior at Terry High School and member of the volleyball team. She was nominated by Coach Tiffany Cavanaugh. “Carrisha Williams has a 3.8 GPA,” Cavanaugh said. “She is a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, The Not …