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AARP New Mexico

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AARP New Mexico will be conducting three shred events across the state, in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces, on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to noon, allowing people to shred some of their documents for free.
“One of AARP’s main priorities is finding more resources for our family caregivers, many of which are trying to balance work and caring for a loved one,” said Othiamba Umi, AARP New Mexico’s Advocacy Director. “Paid Family and Medical Leave could provide up to 12 weeks of paid leave to give working family caregivers the much-needed flexibility and resources to care for themselves or loved ones should a serious illness arise and traditional sick leave just isn’t enough,” Umi said.
AARP New Mexico’s top priority for the upcoming 2024 Legislative Session will be passing legislation that establishes paid family medical leave, but the state office will also focus on broadband expansion, lowering prescription drug costs and funding for senior programs, among others.
AARP Community Challenge grants fund quick-action projects that help communities become more livable by improving public places, transportation, housing, digital connections, and more. Now in its eighth year, the program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which supports the efforts of cities, towns, neighborhoods and rural areas to become great places to live for all residents, especially those age 50 and older.
AARP New Mexico is teaming up with the El Paso Chihuahuas this summer to share information on how to protect yourself from scams and fraud. You can learn some useful tips and AARP members and their guests can enjoy a baseball game at a special discounted rate.
Grants Will Help Make Communities Even Better Places to Live. AARP New Mexico announced June 28th that three organizations, located in Alamogordo, Las Cruces and Farmington, will receive 2023 Community Challenge grants – part of the largest group of grantees to date with $3.6 million awarded among 310 organizations nationwide. Communities across New Mexico are working to become more livable for residents of all ages. AARP is working in partnership with local leaders, organizations and dedicated residents to help make that vision a reality.
Attorney General Raúl Torrez joined AARP New Mexico volunteers, Tuesday, June 13, in reaching out to New Mexicans across the state in an effort to share information on how to keep themselves safe from fraud and scams. The event, called a “Reverse Boiler Room”, took the common criminal tactic of cold-calling people, and reversed it to offer proactive tips to spot and avoid scams.
The Andrus Award for Community Service honors a volunteer or volunteer couple who have gone above and beyond everyday volunteering and make a powerful impact on their community. It is our most prestigious volunteer award.
In the early 1900s, the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, now called "Black Wall Street," was a vibrant and prosperous community. Despite the challenges and racial injustices they faced, residents of this community built a thriving neighborhood filled with successful Black-owned businesses, attorneys, doctors, and real estate agents. Their achievements were nothing short of remarkable and served as a beacon of hope for Black Americans nationwide.
AARP New Mexico staff and volunteers gathered Thursday with other supporters to discuss the future of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act. Senate Bill 11 was one of AARP’s priorities for the 2023 Legislative Session. Despite being passed by the Senate, the bill was tabled by the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee earlier this week, ending the bill for this Session. “Providing family caregivers with more resources, especially those that allow them to continue to work while caring for a loved one, is a top priority for AARP,” said Othiamba Umi, AARP New Mexico Advocacy Director.
With just over 18 days left in the 2023 New Mexico Legislative Session, things are moving slowly but in traditional fashion expected to start speeding up with marathon sessions taking place in both houses as the days start to dwindle. To date, there are no bills on the Governor’s desk but 20 have passed both houses and are waiting nearby. “Given that there are only a few weeks left in the 60-day session, Things seem to be moving unusually slow with many bills stuck in committees,” said Othiamba Umi, Advocacy Director for AARP New Mexico. “Two of our priority bills on financial exploitation of elders and supported decision making, an alternative to guardianship, cleared their first committee in late January but are still waiting for a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
AARP New Mexico is joining with America Walks to offer a six-month, distance-learning fellowship program for people interested in advocating to make their communities more walkable. Participants, known as fellows, will complete a series of modules covering leadership development, coalition-building, walkable community design, local public policy, and strategic planning.
A guide to when, where and how to get health insurance in New Mexico.
Christmas came a little early for Rose Artemis this year – two months early in fact at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. For Rose, her dream was to ride in a hot air balloon. And well, as New Mexicans know – we have a lot of those. You might say Rose’s dream was a wish of a lifetime.
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