— President Ronald Reagan signed the King Holiday Bill into law on Nov. 2, 1983. And in 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service. This means that the third Monday each January is not only a time to reflect on Dr. King’s monumental legacy, but it’s also a time to strengthen our communities. It’s a day we can move closer to his “Beloved Community.” Dr. King’s vision for a “Beloved Community” is …

— 1 in 5 Virginians is a Family Caregiver More than 1 million Virginians care for a parent, spouse or other loved one to help them live safely and independently at home. Being a family caregiver is a labor of love, but it can also take a toll. During the 2019 Virginia General Assembly, AARP is fighting for common sense solutions to help make family caregivers’ big responsibilities a little easier. If you could benefit from a $1,000 state tax credit, …

— January 9th, 2019, marked the start of a new legislative biennium in the Vermont General Assembly. The Democrats this session have 95 seats in the House and 102 votes if members of the Progressive party vote with them. Here is a rundown of Committee assignments. In the House there are 7 new Chairs of Committees: •    House Committee on Natural Resources, Fish, and Wildlife – Rep. Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) •    House Commerce and Economic Development – Rep. Mike Marcotte (R-Coventry) …

— CHARLOTTE — AARP joined Attorney General Josh Stein, Rep. Jason Saine and the Mecklenburg County Sherriff’s Office to unveil legislation to strengthen North Carolina’s laws to prevent data breaches and to protect affected victims. “Last year, more than 1.9 million North Carolinians were estimated to have been affected by a data breach,” said Attorney General Stein. “This number is way too high. North Carolina’s laws on this issue are strong – but they need to be even stronger. Rep. Jason Saine …

—   “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” – William Faulkner Speaking up is perhaps one of the defining traits of our American independence. The freedom to speak and the right to advocate for change is what makes our government more accessible. It’s what makes it more flexible. It’s what makes it a government “of, by, …

— SEASON 2 Episode 2 – Jan. 18, 2019 The episode that talks about the General Assembly moving so fast that the Legislative Director doesn’t have time to talk about legislative things.     Episode 1 – Jan. 11, 2019 The episode about three things you need to know for the 2019 Indiana General Assembly.   Teaser The news season is coming in 2019! SEASON 1 Episode 9 – Aug. 22nd The episode about the upcoming screenings of the documentary ZERO WEEKS …

—   Join AARP NY on Broadway and experience the gospel tale of Choir Boy from January 15 – February 5th at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (with a talk back after the show on February 5th with members of the cast and the playwright). Look for the AARP table at the theater to meet AARP staff and volunteers and learn what AARP is doing in your community. Choir Boy tells the story of a talented student who waits for years …

— Year after year, Oklahoma nursing home care ranks among the worst in the nation. Now, a News on 6 investigation, Oklahoma Nursing Homes Rank Among Worst in Nation, underscores the severity of the problem. Watch the special report HERE. Are you ready for change? If so, please ask your state senator to support AARP’s Nursing Home CARE (Creating Accountability, Reform and Excellence) Plan. The CARE Plan includes HB1013, SB142 and SB280 with amendments. The CARE Plan seeks to end the overuse …

— The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder and you could swear you paid that last gas and electric bill. But the caller from the power company is adamant that you’re overdue and says if you don’t pay up now, the power goes out. That’s the last thing you want in the chilly dead of winter (or the long, hot summer, as the case may be). Best not to risk it. That’s what fraudsters want you to think, …

— Calling all seniors who want to volunteer or work. Check out these opportunities to do meaningful work all across Minnesota. Volunteers of America MN Carol, a frail older woman living in her own home, isolated by her physical frailties and her cognitive impairments had lost touch with her family and friends. She was unable to take care of herself but was refusing assistance because she couldn’t recognize that she needed help; as a result, Carol was suffering from poor nutrition, lack …