— A recent change in Kentucky’s guardianship law aims to encourage more relatives to take on guardianship roles and to make the process more family friendly. When a person is incapable of managing his or her affairs, a court can appoint a guardian to make decisions about property, medical care, living arrangements and finances. Kentucky previously was the only state to require a jury trial for guardianship. Jury trials are expensive, but could help prevent financial exploitation or other forms of …

— AARP Kentucky Announces Annual Real Possibilities Faith Award Nominees Local volunteers service within their faith community are making a difference in Louisville – everyday. In 2017, AARP Kentucky launched its Real Possibilities Faith Award as one way to recognize long-serving volunteer members of Louisville’s faith communities who are often “unsung heroes” who deserve extra recognition. The 2018 Real Possibilities Faith Award winning nominees and the top winners in each category will be honored at a community celebration Thursday, June 7 at …

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— Statewide 5th Grade Essay Contest Celebrates Grandparents Shane Ritter at Old Mill Elementary in Mt. Washington earned top honors in the 2017-18 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Shane and his grandmother, Kathryn Thompson, received their awards at the 17th Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremony at the KRTA Annual Convention in Louisville. The Old Mill Elementary School (Mt. Washington) student’s grandmother was the subject of his winning …

— Fair Housing Act Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Lexington Lexington housing advocates hosted a 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Celebration.  As a Bronze Sponsor, AARP Lexington volunteers had the opportunity to meet and discuss age-friendly/livable and housing community issues with local activists and leaders. The keynote address was delivered by Anna Maria Farías Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Executive Council Member Merrylyn Moran Smith joined with other local …

— The state is facing budget cuts, and AARP is fighting to keep the burden from falling on Kentucky’s most vulnerable citizens. In September, Gov. Matt Blevin (R) asked most state agencies to cut their budgets by 17.4 percent to avert a $200 million shortfall. Although Medicaid payments would be exempt, most services administered by the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living would not. Kentucky ranks 50th among the states in the percentage of Medicaid long-term care dollars allocated to …

— Kentucky is home to more than 300,000 veterans, and nearly 3 out of 4 are 50-plus. AARP Kentucky is committed to supporting the needs of veterans of all generations and helping them through the transitions they face in civilian life. “Veterans and their families, especially those who served in the Vietnam era, often feel forgotten,” said Charlotte Whittaker, AARP state president. “They value our efforts to bring focus to their service and sacrifice.” In 2017, AARP Kentucky cosponsored the World …

— AARP wants to make sure nearly 650,000 family caregivers in the state are aware of a new law and how it affects them. The Kentucky Family Caregivers Act, which took effect June 29, aims to ease the transition from hospital to home for patients and their caregivers. The law requires hospitals to let every patient designate a caregiver, to notify the caregiver when the patient is to be discharged, and to give instructions on followup tasks the patient will need …

— Do you know more about your loved ones medication than they do?  You might be a family caregiver? Join our Caring for the Caregiver event, where you can… Connect with others in situations similar to yours, Learn how to develop a caregiving plan and about resources available in our community, and Receive a free massage or a yoga lesson. This event is designed to be educational as well as relaxing!  Attendees will be able to move freely throughout the event …

— Inspired Service of Faith-filled Volunteers Recognized with 2017 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards AARP Kentucky volunteers, staff, and friends recently celebrated 23 inspiring, faith-filled volunteers nominated for their dedicated service in Louisville. The celebration experience was attended by more than 100, included a live band, and Emceed by WLOU 104.7 FM radio personality, Ms. Krystal. Wilma Mitchell, a local AARP Kentucky volunteer, helped to coordinate the outreach effort.  According to Mitchell, “I was honored and excited to be a part of …

— In a recent AARP survey, Kentucky registered voters 45 and older strongly supported proposals to help family caregivers navigate the health care system on their loved ones’ behalf. More than 8 in 10 respondents said hospitals should record a caregiver’s contact information in the patient’s chart upon admission. More than 9 in 10 support requiring the hospital to keep the caregiver informed when the patient is discharged and requiring the hospital to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up medical …