— By Mary Van Beusekom To raise the profile of issues important to Minnesotans age 50-plus, AARP is encouraging older voters to study candidates’ stances and to cast ballots in this year’s high-stakes elections. “It is very important to us to make sure our issues are being focused on and that candidates are providing relevant information to 50-plus voters,” said Seth Boffeli, AARP Minnesota communications director. “The candidates need to reach out to these voters, motivate them to vote and say …

— AARP Minnesota offers presentations and workshops on a wide range of topics, such as fraud and scam prevention, helpful conversations about caring for sick loved ones, modifying your home to make it comfortable and safe, as well as general information about our mission and organizational initiatives. Keep AARP in mind when you’re planning programs for community organizations and faith-based groups. Our presentations and workshops provide useful tools and actionable information to help Minnesotan’s 50+ live their best lives. The presentations are typically between 30-60 minutes …

— St. Paul –  Members of the Consumer Workgroup on Elder Abuse commend the Office of Legislative Auditor’s (OLA) report on the Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC). The report brings needed transparency and accountability to a department that has been plagued by an inability to investigate elder abuse complaints in a timely manner. “Families and their loved ones are grateful for the OLA’s comprehensive review,” said Kris Sundberg from Elder Voice Family Advocates, member of the Consumer Workgroup. “While we’re …

—   The U.S. Health care system spends well over $300 billion a year on prescription drugs, and almost three-fourths of that goes to brand name drugs, even though they make up less than one in eight prescriptions. The escalating costs of pharmaceuticals are driving up health care costs and premiums in both the employer and individual market. While several proposals exist at the federal level to address this problem, little – if any – action has occurred.  This has led …

— Consumer Workgroup Lays out Public Policy Actions Necessary to Prevent/Deter Elder Abuse Report urges lawmakers and regulators to take swift action to turn recommendations into laws and meaningful change Saint Paul, MN – A workgroup consisting of five consumer-focused organizations today released a report containing recommendations to improve the care and safety of older and vulnerable Minnesotans in nursing homes and assisted living settings. The Consumer Workgroup recommendations call for far-reaching policy and agency practice changes to prevent and deter …

— Regardless of your choice of transportation or age, how safely and easily we’re able to get from one place to another has a major effect on our quality of life.  This weekend, join AARP Minnesota for a conversation about it.  On Saturday, October 28th, we’re co-hosting a Mayoral forum on the subject of equitable and sustainable transportation. During this forum, candidates will be given an opportunity to share their vision for transportation in Minneapolis.  Participating candidates include Raymond Dehn, Al …

— August 30, 2017 Samuel A. Di Piazza Jr. Chair, Board of Trustees Dr. John Noseworthy CEO and President Mr. Jeff Bolton, CAO and Vice President Mayo Clinic 200 1st St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905 Dear Chairman Di Piazza, Dr. Noseworthy, and Mr. Bolton: As a leading voice for the 50+ population, AARP Minnesota & AARP Iowa are writing to express serious concerns with Mayo Clinic’s decision to restructure and reduce hospital services in Albert Lea, MN, including the elimination of …

— AARP Minnesota represents over 65,000 people across the state, and we’re proud to make a difference in the communities you live in.  We’re passionate about helping Minnesotans build a strong financial future, providing care for the caregivers, keeping your savings safe, finding ways for you to save, and more.  We rely on volunteers to help us carry out our mission, and we’re always looking for more people to join our efforts.  As a volunteer, you can make an impact in so …

— AARP is working with Pollen Midwest, a nonprofit organization that promotes community building, to create the second annual Minnesota 50 Over 50 list. The crowd-sourced list will honor 50 Minnesotans 50 or older who are making a difference in their community. Last year, the competition received more than 350 nominations. The winners included an explorer in her 70s who leads women-only expeditions to Antarctica and a woman in her 80s who bought and renovated a historic performing arts venue. To …

— In the next decade as many as 750,000 Minnesotans will reach retirement age.  However, according to a recent AARP Survey, an alarming number of them haven’t saved nearly enough. Approximately half of all workers surveyed expressed worry that they won’t be able to save enough for retirement and 36% reported that they are behind on their retirement savings.  Compounding this problem is the fact that 40% of Minnesota workers – around 1 million people – don’t have access to a …