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— On Saturday, May 19, the Minnesota House and Senate passed legislation strengthening protections for older and vulnerable adults in long-term care residential facilities. Currently the only state to not license assisted living facilities, Minnesota’s Department of Health receives approximately 400 cases of abuse and neglect every week. The bill passed earlier this week (HF90/SF8) seeks to address this critical problem. The bill establishes licensure of assisted living facilities and strengthens the rights of older and vulnerable adults. The licensing requirements …

— This week, AARP and consumer advocates claimed victory after coming to consensus with the long-term care industry on a bill to prevent elder abuse. More than two years ago, a Star Tribune series, Left to Suffer, unveiled a broken regulatory system that left many older and vulnerable adults at risk for abuse and neglect. Minnesota is the only state in the country that does not license assisted living facilities. Reports of elder abuse, uncovered more than 2 years ago, continue …

— Right now, Americans are paying the highest prescription drug prices in the world – often double what other countries pay for the same medicine millions of people depend on. Too many Americans are choosing between filing a prescription or buying groceries. AARP has launched a campaign to urge all lawmakers to join our fight to stop drug companies from price gouging Americans. We’re calling on lawmakers to pass commonsense, bipartisan legislation to lower prescription drug prices now. The fact is …

— Minnesotans Can’t Wait One More Year! Tell your legislator to make protecting older Minnesotans from abuse and neglect a top priority in 2019. In 2018, state lawmakers failed to pass meaningful legislation that would have addressed horrific cases of elder abuse in Minnesota’s long term care settings.  As a result, the problems persist with the Minnesota Department of Health still receiving 400 cases of abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation every week. More must be done to protect Minnesotans. This year, …

— Voters age 50 and older were the deciding factor in last year’s midterm elections, according to the National Election Pool Exit Poll results. The findings confirmed that 50-plus voters made up the majority of voters 64% in Minnesota, and Candidates who ignored older voters, Minnesota’s most powerful voting group, paid a price on Election Day. Older voters held candidates accountable for not finding common ground on the issues that matter to them and their families. What they care about here …

— As the year begins, AARP Minnesota is seeking advocacy volunteers to help bring the voices of older Minnesotans to St. Paul in order to provide their perspective on important issues such as elder abuse, prescription drug costs and support for family caregivers. With newly elected lawmakers taking office Jan. 8, there is much work to be done. AARP volunteer advocates meet with legislators in their communities and at the capitol. They also attend hearings, town-hall forums and other events focused …

— By Pamela Schmid When Jean Peters and her sisters moved their 85-year-old mom to an Edina assisted living complex with amenities, they felt sure she would be cared for and safe. “It was a brand-new facility that promised everything,” recalled Peters, 63, of Bloomington. But soon she suspected that her mother wasn’t getting the proper care. Her suspicions were confirmed when a camera she installed in her mother’s apartment captured a nurse’s aide treating her frail mother roughly and insulting …

— About 370,000 Minnesotans are served by Medicare Cost plans that are set to expire at the end of this year. In some counties where coverage options are limited, the plans will be grandfathered so subscribers will be able keep them. Most subscribers, however, will need to find a new plan. Some will be able to shift to an Advantage plan that covers roughly the same providers and services for a similar cost, but others will have to change to a …

— Voting in the mid-term elections is easy for some people – just a quick walk around the corner or a short drive to the polling station. But for others, it may seem impossible. Taking time off from work or overcoming physical disabilities can prevent many people from exercising their right to vote. And living in remote or rural communities can make getting to the polls particularly difficult. But with a little advance planning, you can make sure your vote is …

— Around the state Minnesotan’s are talking with candidates about challenging issues. Critical issues like retirement security and protecting vulnerable seniors.  These issues are on the line for Minnesotans this mid-term election. While we might not always agree about what’s most important or the best solution, we do know that policy discussions and the decisions that come out of them impact all of us in different ways. That’s why AARP is proud to partner with Twin Cities Public Television on the …