— AARP scored several important wins for 50-plus Nebraskans in the fiscally challenging 2018 legislative session. Listed below are the top priority bills that we supported and actively worked to pass on behalf of our members, their families and caregivers. Please consider contacting the bill sponsors and thanking them for their hard work and leadership on these issues! Aging and Disability Resource Centers LB 793 includes creation of a permanent Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) at locations across the state. …

— AARP Nebraska’s team of Hastings volunteers is joining forces with Mary Lanning Healthcare to host a Care to Share mobility medical equipment drive on June 16. The drive will be held at Mary Lanning Healthcare, 715 North St. Joseph Avenue from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. All items to be donated must be clean and gently used. Accepted items include: wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, metal canes, shower chairs, bed rails, knee scooters and walkers. Any items that are soiled, porous or …

— AARP Nebraska has trained a group of volunteers to lead Prepare to Care workshops across the state. The goal is to ease the burden on family caregivers as they help their aging parents, spouses or other loved ones continue to live at home. Held at libraries, churches, senior centers and other community venues, the workshops offer an opportunity for participants to connect with other caregivers, exchange tips and advice, and learn about local resources. To schedule a free Prepare to …

— Rosalee Yeaworth knows a thing or two about completing a marathon. About 18 years ago, the AARP Nebraska Executive Council volunteer  began the long road to change a state law that prevents assisted living (AL) staff nurses from providing needed care to residents. Yeaworth, a former dean of the UNMC College of Nursing, was shocked to discover this restriction on registered nurses’ professional practice after placing her husband in memory care at a new assisted living facility only minutes from …

— Our Special Online Sessions Can Help You Balance Them Juggling It All: Tips for Working Caregivers Part 1: Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Did you know that six out of 10 Americans are taking care of a loved one age 50 or older — and many are doing it while also trying to earn a living? You want to balance your caregiving responsibilities with everything …

— On April 25, AARP Nebraska leaders and volunteers visited Capitol Hill to urge their elected representatives to make permanent the 7.5 percent medical expense tax deduction threshold, protect and strengthen the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and support family caregivers by joining the Assisting Caregivers Today (ACT) Caucus. AARP visited the offices of Senators Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse and Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Adrian Smith, Don Bacon and Jeff Fortenberry to discuss these and other issues …

— AARP is now accepting applications for the 2018 Community Challenge grant program to fund “quick-action” projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program, which is now in its second year, is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative, which aims to make communities great places to live for everyone. The Community Challenge is open to 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4) and 501(c)(6) nonprofits and government entities. Other types of organizations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Projects may range in …

— AARP Nebraska is seeking nominations for the 2018 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors age 50-plus Nebraskans who are sharing their experience, talent and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Nebraska is excited to shine a light on 50+ Nebraskans who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said AARP State President Dave Holmquist. Nebraska’s Andrus Award recipient will be honored with $2,500 to …

— Join our series of online Q&A sessions to learn how to avoid them. Stay Safe from Common Scams Part 1: IRS Imposter Scam — Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 6 – 6:30 p.m. CT Part 2: Medicare Card Scam — Thursday, April 19, 2018, 6– 6:30 p.m. CT Ads & Scams — Trends, Tips and Tools from the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12 – 1:00 p.m. CT Fraud and scams seem to be everywhere these days. Take steps …

— Nearly 8,800 Nebraskans filed reports of fraud, identity theft and other complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in 2017. AARP Nebraska is teaming up with the Better Business Bureau to help shrink that number by sponsoring Secure Your ID Day on Saturday, April 21. “Every two seconds, someone’s identity is stolen,” said Connie Benjamin, AARP state director. “One of the best defenses is to shred your confidential documents—such as canceled checks, credit card offers, monthly utility bills, medical bills, old …