— 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 Kentucky for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— The city of Lexington is considering changing its zoning rules to allow homeowners to build more accessory dwelling units (ADUs)—also commonly known as granny flats or mother-in-law suites—on their properties. The residences are typically attached to an existing home or situated elsewhere on a property. They offer an affordable option for older adults who want to remain in their homes as they age, rather than move to a retirement village or other setting. With the help of a grant from …

— Accessory Dwelling Units Manual Available A new Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) manual is available to help Fayette County residents. ADUs are quickly changing aging housing options across the nation. ADUs present an opportunity to meet the demand for housing as Lexington’s population continues to grow. In addition, ADUs can be used as a tool for enhancing existing neighborhoods by introducing a greater diversity among residents across age, ability-level and income, while providing an option to promote aging-in-place. Download a free copy (PDF) …

— Focusing on you and those you love Come hear about matters affecting older or disabled people including guardianship, advance directives and estate planning. The event is free; the information is invaluable. You must register in advance as refreshments will be served Ins and Outs of Elder Law: Focusing on you and those you love Date: March 12, 2019 Time: 6:30-8:00pm Location: Fern Creek Library, 6768 Bardstown Rd, 40291 Speaker: Kelly Gannott, Attorney at Kentucky ElderLaw Register online or by phone: …

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— AARP Calls on Public Service Commission to Reject Smart Meters Kentucky Utilities Co. and Louisville Gas & Electric Co. (KU/LG&E) seeks permission from the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) to install some 1.3 million smart meters over the next four years. On behalf of its 470,000 members in Kentucky, AARP Kentucky’s Public Comments ask the Public Service Commission to reject the proposed smart meter request by KU/LG&E Case: 2018-00005. AARP appreciates this opportunity to comment on the latest proposal of Louisville Gas and Electric …

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— Once again, AARP Kentucky and AARP Tennessee are cosponsoring a Welcome Home festival for veterans. The event will run Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 12-16, in Clarksville, Tenn., home to Fort Campbell, on the border between the two states. The festival will feature the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, a parade, food and wine tastings and a concert. The celebration honors everyone who served in the armed forces and is open to the public, with some free and some ticketed events. More …

— 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 …