— AARP Alaska Joins in Campaign to Help Keep Scammers from Conning Enrollees ANCHORAGE, AK – As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Alaska and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP Alaska is participating in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare …

— Nearly Half of Respondents Also Worry About a Friend or Family Member Feeling Lonely on Valentine’s Day WASHINGTON, DC—A survey released today by AARP Foundation finds that only one gift really matters this year for Valentine’s Day: Making time for others. Sixty-three percent of survey respondents said that spending time with a romantic partner or with friends or family is the most meaningful way to celebrate the holiday. Just 13 percent of those surveyed preferred receiving flowers, candy or other …

— An inspiring guide to look, feel, and be your best, one small step at a time. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 15, 2017 MEDIA CONTACT: Jessica Winn, 202-434-2506, jwinn@aarp.org Barbara Hannah Grufferman ISBN: 978-1-4262-1832-3 On Sale: Feb. 6, 2018 WASHINGTON, DC – With both wisdom and wit, Barbara Hannah Grufferman challenges readers to take control of their lives in her new book, Love Your Age: The Small-Step Solution to a Better, Longer, Happier Life (National Geographic/AARP, February 2018).             Grufferman, a …

— December 8, 2017 2018 Cuts Would Reduce Access to Health Care   WASHINGTON, DC — On December 7, 2017 AARP sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging Congress to prevent $25 billion in automatic cuts to Medicare in 2018 that would result from the enactment of H.R. 1 and its $1.5 trillion deficit increase since it “would have an immediate and lasting impact, including fewer providers participating in Medicare and reduced access to care for Medicare beneficiaries.” The full text of …

— Millions of Older Americans Would See Tax Hikes or No Tax Relief, Millions More May See Their Health Care Premiums Rise November 30, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—AARP today sent a letter to the U.S. Senate expressing concerns about tens of billions of dollars in potential cuts to Medicare next year alone, as well as potential tax increases or little or no tax relief for older Americans. The full text of the letter to the Senate is below:   Dear Senator: On behalf of …

— November 16, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—Today AARP Executive Vice President and Chief Advocacy & Engagement Officer Nancy LeaMond released the following statement in response to the U.S. House passage of the tax bill: “AARP is disappointed by the tax bill that the House passed earlier today because it is harmful to millions of Americans age 65-plus. The Congressional Budget Office has stated that the large deficits created by H.R. 1 will result in a $25 billion cut to Medicare (absent additional …

— September is Emergency Preparedness Month—perfect timing for the 2017 Emergency Preparedness Expo in Mat-Su Valley. Cosponsored by AARP Alaska, the free expo is Saturday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Menard Sports Center, 1001 S. Clapp St., Wasilla. Exhibits will include an Earthquake Cottage, which mimics the tremors that strike Alaska about 1,000 times a month; a “fashion show” of personal flotation devices; and an interactive firehouse. The first 100 adults to arrive will receive an emergency …

—     Staying Sharp by AARP provides holistic approach and tools to help keep the brain active  August 10, 2017 WASHINGTON, DC—According to AARP’s recently released survey of more than 1,100 Americans over age 40, those who participate in cognitively stimulating activities (CSAs) self-report higher cognitive functioning, health, and well-being than those who don’t participate in CSAs. CSAs examined in the survey include musical and creative activities, educational activities, physical exercise, socializing, and playing games and puzzles. Adults over age …

— by Susan Reinhard, Jean Accius, Lynda Flowers and Ari Houser AARP Public Policy Institute July 13, 2017 The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) now under consideration in the Senate would drastically alter Alaska’s Medicaid program. The proposed Senate bill would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees. The BCRA would subject older adults, adults with disabilities, Medicaid expansion adults, and non-disabled children under age …

— June 23, 2017 2017 AARP Alaska Health Care Survey: Little Support for the Proposed Health Care Bill In a survey released in June 2017,  just one-third of likely voters in Alaska (33%) support the American Health Care Act, which recently passed the U.S. House of Representatives and is currently being debated in the Senate. A sizeable number of likely voters (15%) say they do not know whether they support or oppose the bill. A majority of likely voters also oppose …