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Rep. Longhurst joins AARP for a discussion on aging in Delaware

Longhurst and Groff
AARP Regional VP Rawle Andrews; House Majority Leader Longhurst; AARP State Director Lucretia Young; Medicaid Division Director Stephen Groff

AARP Leadership convened this week in Wilmington, Delaware to discuss issues affecting older Delawareans statewide. Delaware is aging faster than most states and a need exists to ensure the state’s aging population will age with independence and success.

 The team from AARP’s Mideast region consists of top leaders from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana and Kentucky. Regional Vice President Rawle Andrews also provided strategic direction to the discussion.

On the last day of the meeting, House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst met with the group to share important information about Delaware and also offer thought leadership on aging in place. Is Delaware prepared for this aging boomer population? A 2009 survey of Delawareans conducted by AARP revealed the state is not. The survey also revealed that 98 percent of respondents expressed a desire to remain in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. This and other topics such as Medicare, insurance exchanges, retirement security, and affordable housing were discussed.

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