— By Drew Jubera Three years ago, Kay Argroves, a nurse anesthetist, read a story about advocacy volunteers for AARP Georgia. It intrigued her. Argroves had always been interested in the political process, and this looked like a way to become more involved. “I vote every chance I get,” said the Madison resident. “But voting can only go so far.” So Argroves contacted the AARP state office, attended training for volunteers and found herself under the Gold Dome, navigating a maze …

— It’s been 55 years since Martin Luther King Jr. gave his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech, changing the course of civil rights in America. AARP South Carolina invites members to celebrate the MLK holiday weekend, Jan. 12-15, in Myrtle Beach. AARP is a key sponsor of the celebration, which includes a 5K Freedom Run, film festival, ecumenical service, talent show and parade. Saturday morning will feature a job fair and workshops on contract possibilities for small businesses and the …

— The state is facing budget cuts, and AARP is fighting to keep the burden from falling on Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. In September, Gov. Matt Blevin (R) asked most state agencies to cut their budgets by 17.4 percent to avert a $200 million shortfall. Although Medicaid payments would be exempt, most services administered by the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living would not. Kentucky ranks 50th among the states in the percentage of Medicaid long-term care dollars allocated to …

— By Michelle R. Davis During his career as a journalist, Jim Gutman had to keep his opinions to himself. As the vice president and managing editor at a health care news publishing company, he needed to remain objective, staying outside the fray of politics. But when he retired in 2016, he could move from observer to participant. Gutman said he had long admired AARP, after watching the group’s lobbying efforts concerning Medicare Part D. “Once I retired, I wanted to …

— Welcome to our voters’ guide for the 2017 New York City mayoral race. Joining us to give their views on issues of interest to voters 50-plus are Sal Albanese, the Reform candidate,  Mayor Bill de Blasio, the Democratic candidate, Bo Dietl, Independent candidate and Nicole Malliotakis, the Republican candidate. Each of the candidates provided an opening remark and answered the same four questions, seeking their vision for New York City on issues that 50-plus residents have told us they care …

— Welcome to our voters’ guide for the 2017 Nassau County executive race. Joining us to give their views on issues of interest to voters 50+ are the Democratic candidate Laura Curran, and the Republican candidate, Jack Martins. Each of the candidates will provide an opening remark and answer the same five questions, seeking their vision for Nassau County on issues that 50 plus residents have told us they care about. These include caregiving, affordable housing, livable communities and the high cost …

— Which issues will be front and center when the state legislature convenes in January? Find out during a tele-town hall on Tuesday, Nov. 28. AARP Alabama will detail its legislative priorities for 2018, including help for family caregivers, access to home and community-based services, improving guardianship laws, and protecting Medicaid. Alabama is home to about 761,000 family caregivers who provide unpaid services worth more than $7.7 billion per year. Medicaid provides health coverage for nearly 1 million Alabamians per month. …

— By Michelle Crouch Douglas Sherrow, a severely disabled Army veteran in Mint Hill, struggles to make ends meet on his military pension and Social Security. He and his wife are raising two grandchildren, and he said they’ve racked up thousands in credit card debt over four years. “I’ve never been in the hole this far,” said Sherrow, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a walker. “Taxes keep going up, and my ability to pay them is going down.” Sherrow, 69, …

— ELECTION DAY is exactly one week away!  This year we will vote for our next Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and our members for the House of Delegates.     Some important information for Registered Voters in Virginia: Deadline to request an Absentee Ballot be mailed to you is Tuesday, October 31st by 5:00 p.m. Click on this link for information about Absentee Voting, in-person Absentee Voting, and listing of every County & City Voter Registrar Office in Virginia.   …