— Wednesday, June 20, 2018:  Tools for your Caregiving Journey Workshop 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at the Park Hill Library, 4705 Montview Blvd, Denver, CO 80207. The journey of caregiving – like any other journey – benefits from a bit of preparation and planning. Please join us to discuss and to “test drive” some fabulous tools for mapping the caregiving journey including CareMaps by Atlas of Caregiving which will help you to map and then assess your current and future care …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Within 12 years, it’s likely that 1 in 5 Coloradans will be 65 or older. Wade Buchanan says the aging trend will have a positive impact on the state, but he doesn’t discount the challenges, either. In January, Buchanan was appointed the state’s senior adviser on aging, a new position in Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper’s office. His task: coordinate policies that affect older residents and work with state and local governments, foundations, health care providers and others …

— AARP Colorado today commended a decision to potentially spare 1.4 million Xcel Energy natural gas customers the possibility of paying excessive rate hikes and unnecessary surcharges. An administrative law judge for the Colorado Public Utilities Commission agreed with AARP that Xcel should not be allowed to raise rates automatically every year without filing a separate rate case. Conor F. Farley, the judge in the May 11 decision, also reduced Xcel’s request for a 10 percent return on equity to 9.35 …

— On behalf of its 674,000 Colorado members, AARP is thanking Public Service Company of Colorado (Xcel) for listening to the concerns of AARP and others about Xcel’s plan to pursue membership in the Little Rock, Arkansas-based grid operator Southwest Power Pool (SPP). Last year, AARP learned that Xcel, Black Hills and others were considering joining the Little Rock SPP, which would’ve turned over much of the regulatory authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). AARP’s concerns — echoed in …

— The following is a letter Nancy LeaMond, AARP executive vice president, sent to Senators Mitch McConnell and Charles Schumer and Representatives Paul Ryan and Nancy Pelosi, urging them to  protect older Americans and their families: Dear Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Leader Pelosi: On behalf of nearly 38 million members in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands, I am writing to express our views on the FY2018 omnibus appropriations bill currently …

—   AARP believes Americans are faced with a crisis in achieving adequate and secure retirement income, and SB-200, as written, is not the answer for the Public Employee’s Retirement Association. Tuesday, March 13, AARP volunteer advocates – increasingly known at the Colorado State Capitol as “the white shirts” – will address the Senate Finance Committee at 2 p.m. in the Senate Committee Room 357 of the Colorado State Capitol to oppose SB-200. One area of particular concern to AARP members …

— AARP Colorado is deeply concerned about the proposal by Xcel, Black Hills and others to join the Little Rock-based Southwest Power Pool (SPP), which would turn over most regulatory authority to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). The utility companies, known as the Mountain West Group, include Xcel (Public Service Company of Colorado), Black Hills, the Western Area Power Administration and Colorado Springs Utilities. The push to join the Arkansas SPP seems to be rushed and counterintuitive because the SPP …

— While job hunting, my husband, Michael Lindenberger, and I noticed that we weren’t getting any responses from employers even though our resumes matched their required skills and qualifications.  Fearing our age may be a factor, I suggested taking graduation dates off our resumes. It was disheartening to think that age discrimination in the workplace is alive and well, but we knew it was a plausible explanation for the lack of interest from employers. We started an awareness campaign called I, Too, …

— The Federal Communications Commission last month repealed net neutrality, which were the rules that regulated businesses that connect all of us to the internet. By doing this, the FCC is adding a toll road to internet broadband, allowing fixed and mobile internet providers to treat some programs preferentially. Other providers and consumers could pay more for their offerings. In 2015, the FCC found broadband to be a regulated telecom service – similar to other utilities – that must treat all …

— AARP sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives raising its concerns with significant shortcomings in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as well as highlighting some important provisions for older Americans.  The full text of the letter to the Congressional Leadership is below:     December 18, 2017 Dear Senator/Representative: On behalf of our members and all Americans age 50 and older, AARP is writing to express our views on the Tax Cuts …

— On Nov. 15, 2017 AARP contacted all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in response to H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. While the U.S. House of Representatives subsequently passed the bill, it still must be reconciled with a Senate version. AARP was very disappointed with the passage in the House. The following comments include what AARP relayed to Congress and is a good description of what is wrong with the House version of the tax bill. On behalf of our …