Mary Van Beusekom

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AARP Minnesota's 100-plus volunteers are invaluable in keeping important topics front and center with lawmakers.
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Minnesota recently raised the income limit for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which provides families with monthly financial help to buy groceries. AARP strongly advocated for the expansion.
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The state Legislature is considering paid a family- and medical-leave bill that would establish a state-run insurance program to provide up to 12 weeks of partial wage replacement for workers who take leave to care for a family member, for a pregnancy or because of a serious illness.
AARP Minnesota’s Age-Friendly task force
Mardi Knudson, 68, was baffled when she drove into a downtown St. Cloud parking garage recently and couldn’t find a way to pay with cash.
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The AARP Fraud Watch Network is helping Minnesotans 50-plus and others avoid becoming victims with two virtual fraud prevention events that will focus on a wide variety of impostor scams and recent reports to its helpline.
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AARP Minnesota's 50 Over 50 award has helped launch a gallery exhibition, boosted public awareness on sex trafficking, supported the LGBTQ community and more.
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The Elder Care and Vulnerable Adult Protection Act of 2019 is a sweeping set of reforms that includes licensure requirements for assisted-living facilities and new rights for the state's 60,000 assisted living residents and their families. 
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Nearly 100,000 Minnesotans have Alzheimer’s disease. AARP, Mayo Clinic, and the Alzheimer’s Association Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter will be hosting a free full-day event: the Mayo Clinic Conference on Brain Health and Dementia, on Friday, October 29 virtually.
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Created in 2019, the Governor’s Council on an Age-Friendly Minnesota plans to submit its final recommendations this year. AARP is also continuing to support communities and work with state legislators to set up a permanent age-friendly council that will enable more change across the state.
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AARP Minnesota is pushing state lawmakers to address nursing home residents’ need for socialization, among other long-term care reforms, when they return next month for the 2021 legislative session. 
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