— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Arkansas for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— http:// With the opioid crisis affecting many Arkansans, sometimes we do not consider ways we may individually help address this issue. Individuals who have expired medications, especially pain medications, in their homes are one of the most unintentional facilitators of prescription drug abuse. AARP wanted to provide an opportunity to inform individuals of ways they may keep their families safe from addiction. Monday, April 22nd, AARP Arkansas will host a showing of the documentary film Chasing the Dragon at the …

— AARP has a goal to protect vulnerable adults and provide their caregivers with the tools necessary to make important decisions. When an older adult plans for the future, they often consider what would happen if they develop difficulty in making decisions.  For instance, this might happen if they have a disease that is progressive and could affect their ability to think clearly. AARP supports caregivers and encourages people to use the least restrictive option.  We can think about it as …

— Millennial Family Caregivers More Likely to Care for Someone with a Mental or Emotional Health Issue, AARP Report Finds One-in-four of the nearly 40 million family caregivers in America is a millennial. AARP’s latest report, “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” spotlights the unique. experiences and challenges this generation faces as more support a parent, grandparent, friend or neighbor  with basic living and medical needs. According to the report, millennials are more likely to care for someone with a …

— In cases of personal injury or wrongful death in a medical setting, Arkansas residents and their families can sue for damages. But a proposed state constitutional amendment—known as Issue 1—would limit noneconomic damages (for pain and suffering) to $500,000. Punitive damages (which punish wrongdoing) would be limited to the greater of $500,000 or three times compensatory damages. Attorneys’ contingency fees would be capped at one-third of the award. AARP Arkansas opposes Issue 1 because it puts a finite price on …

— More than 452,000 Arkansans care for an older parent, spouse or other loved one, helping them live independently at home—where they want to be. These family caregivers take on huge responsibilities that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting. They juggle full- or part-time jobs, and many are still raising families. This year, an Arkansas lawmaker went above and beyond to provide commonsense support for family caregivers by championing Act 203 of 2017, which makes telehealth more accessible to Arkansans. Act …

— Americans overwhelmingly want to age at home. But that can be difficult for those who need help with tasks such as bathing and preparing meals. A state scorecard issued by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation shows Arkansas has a long way to go, ranking 41st nationally in meeting the needs of older residents and those with disabilities. The state does better in support for family caregivers (ranking 26th), but AARP advocates say more needs to be done. Arkansas …

— Over 40 million adults in the United States, including 452,000 in Arkansas,  provide unpaid care to a family member. If you’re one of these family caregivers, particularly a first-time caregiver looking for helpful tips and advice, the AARP Online Family Caregiving Fair (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central on Thursday, Nov. 16) will help you make the most of your caregiving journey. You’ll find valuable resources, real-life tips and support to help you care for your loved one. Register now for …

— This Veterans Month, you can honor our brave heroes, and the people who serve them, by sharing their story and giving them a chance to win big. Submissions to the AARP Create the Good 25 Days of Honoring Heroes contest will be accepted through Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Tell us about a veteran, family member of a veteran, or volunteer dedicated to veterans’ causes. Describe the nominee, his or her service and why it deserves recognition by either submitting a …

— Technology has spurred great advances in medicine, and now it’s improving access to health care as well. Act 203 of 2017, which took effect August 1, allows patients in Arkansas to initiate an audiovisual visit with a doctor from home or another convenient remote location. AARP advocates have been gradually chipping away at restrictions on the use of telemedicine in Arkansas. A regulatory change in 2016 allows the use of audiovisual technology for first-time visits between a doctor and patient. Previously, an in-person …

— Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria and other recent severe weather incidents serve as devastating reminders of the power of mother nature. Disaster recovery occurs at the most inopportune times; it’s never planned. But there are steps that you can take to be as prepared as possible before a disaster strikes. September is National Preparedness Month, in which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) especially encourages Americans to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities. …