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— By Miriam Davidson As past president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Phoenix, Frank Barrios has collected some big donations for the homeless over the years. But few were as meaningful as the contributions he once received in front of a grocery store in a low-income part of town. “There were a lot of homeless people in the area,” Barrios, 76, recalled. “Several of them dug into their pockets and put all the money they had into …

— By Miriam Davidson Don Ritchie knew he had a hearing problem, but for a long time the retired teacher and school administrator didn’t do anything about it. One day, about 15 years ago, as he babysat his 9-year-old granddaughter, she said, “Papa, can you turn down the television? It really hurts my ears.” “It suddenly dawned on me I needed to get hearing aids,” said Ritchie, 80, of Mesa. “So I did.” Hearing aids have helped him both personally and …

— Por Miriam Davidson Don Ritchie sabía que tenía un problema auditivo, pero durante mucho tiempo este profesor jubilado y administrador escolar no hizo nada al respecto. Un día, hace unos 15 años, mientras cuidaba a su nieta de 9 años, ella le dijo, “Papá, ¿le puedes bajar el volumen a la televisión? Me lastima mucho los oídos”. “Fue entonces cuando me di cuenta de que necesitaba audífonos”, dijo Ritchie, de 80 años, residente de Mesa. “Así que los conseguí”. Los …

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— AARP ARIZONA AND PROPOSITION 127 AARP on behalf of its 900,000 members in the Grand Canyon state has not taken a pro or con position on Proposition 127 however we thought it was important to raise our concerns. Many of our members are on fixed or low incomes and struggling to make ends meet. AARP advocates for fair and affordable rates and reliable energy service.  We do favor cost effective efforts to increase the percentage from renewable energy. However we …

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— Statement from AARP Arizona Concerning Political Ad Sponsored by DSCC and Other Campaigns A political ad that mentions AARP is currently being broadcast in Arizona. AARP did not authorize the DSCC ad and we did not participate in its production. AARP does not endorse candidates or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. We have a proud 32-year history of non-partisan voter engagement, providing voters with information on where the candidates stand on issues important to our members and their …

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— New Politico/AARP poll reveals voters disapprove of lawmakers’ policies on Medicare and prescription drugs by Dena Bunis, AARP, July 18, 2018 Older voters in Arizona are more likely to criticize Congress than President Trump for the job they’re doing on health care, according to a new Politico/AARP poll. Nearly three-quarters of the state’s 50-plus voters disapprove of the work federal lawmakers are doing on that front, and more than 60 percent reject their performance on Medicare and prescription drug prices. However, older voters in …

— By Ford Burkhart Donna Collins, 75, felt like a prisoner in her own home. She was the sole caregiver for her husband, Irvin, as he lived with dementia in Tucson until he died last October at 88. Tight finances had put her in a pickle. Fortunately, her son in Phoenix told her about respite assistance through the Arizona Caregiver Coalition (ACC), with strong support from AARP. “ACC was a real lifesaver,” she said. “I was stuck. I couldn’t get to …

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— By Dana Kennedy, AARP AZ State Director When President Trump signed a federal tax overhaul into law in December, he set in motion an obligation for utilities to pass on the tax saving to consumers. The corporate tax cuts took effect in January and so there should be no hesitancy now by utility regulators in Arizona to ensure that those big tax breaks are passed along to consumers. The tax overhaul lowers the highest corporate income tax rate from 35 …

— By Miriam Davidson Marquetta White knew that her 91-year-old father, who cares for her 87-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s disease, could benefit from a support group. But the retired state employee and social worker had trouble convincing him. “He’d tell me, ‘I don’t need to go cry on someone’s shoulder,’ ” said White, 66, of Mesa. “Then a funny thing happened: He went, and he loved it. “Now, he still won’t listen to me, but he listens to the people in …

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— In 2017 Arizona State Representative Heather Carter proposed HB 2209 “Family Caregiver Income Tax Credit” that would give up to $1,000 tax credit to those family caregivers who pay out of pocket expenses in the service of their loved ones.   The average family caregiver spends nearly $7,000 annually out of their own pocket. Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in Arizona. They help make it possible for older adults and people with disabilities of all ages …