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— Increase for non-Medicaid Services for the Elderly Supports Working, Middle Class Family Caregivers ALBANY, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel issued the following statement today on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2019-20 New York State Executive Budget proposal: “Governor Cuomo’s proposed $15 million increase for services that support working and middle class family caregivers in caring for their loved ones at home would help thousands of families. This is a smart and visionary investment; these services help prevent unwanted …

— AARP New York is partnering with the Rockefeller Institute of Government to work on solutions to disparities in the areas of health, financial security and housing that affect New Yorkers of color 50 and older. Research at the institute will examine banking, long-term care and available safety nets and will be available online. The release of research briefs coincides with the start of a new legislative session on Jan. 3. Members are encouraged to support the policy solutions by calling …

— 41% of Middle Class Headed Toward Poverty or Near-Poverty in Retirement; NYers of Color Face Starkest Inequities as AARP Looks to #DisruptDisparities NEW YORK, N.Y. – More than two of every five middle class New Yorkers in their 50s are headed for poverty or near-poverty in retirement. Typical workers in the bottom 90 percent of earnings will need almost a third more income in retirement to maintain their standard of living. And fewer workers of color have access to workplace …

— By Philip Lentz Audrieka Goodbee, 66, and her sister, Jill Jefferson, 64, are good daughters. They’re doing everything they can to help their parents—Clarence Jefferson, 97, and Emma Jefferson, 91—continue to live in their Co-op City apartment in the Bronx. Clarence, a World War II veteran, is blind and hard of hearing, and both he and Emma are beginning to experience dementia. Although the daughters live upstate, they buy food, medications and supplies for their parents. Recently, they arranged for …

— State tax credit, investments in aging programs needed to ease the burden on middle class, keep older loved ones out of costly institutions Six in ten family caregivers use their own money to care for their loved ones according to a new AARP New York survey of the state’s current and former family caregivers 40 and older.  Of those, 43 percent say spending their own money negatively affects their finances. The survey highlights the need for New York State to …

— Community Members, Leaders Present Recommendations to WNY Elected Officials at AARP Summit to #DisruptDisparities in Health, Economic Security and Livability  BUFFALO, N.Y.—High costs for prescription drugs, urgent care visits and ambulatory services often force residents 50 and over in Buffalo’s communities of color to forego other necessities.  Lack of adequate and affordable transportation options make it difficult for them to keep medical appointments and access food.  And personal costs to provide unpaid care to older family members squeeze them financially. …

— AARP Urges State to Enact Tax Credit as Part of 2019-20 Budget Voters may be divided as the midterm elections showed, but there’s one idea New York’s Democrats, Republicans and Independents agree on: the need for a state caregiver tax credit. A statewide Siena College Research Institute poll found 90 percent of likely voters support such a tax credit, which would help unpaid middle class family caregivers offset nearly $7,000 in average caregiving expenses they pay out of their own …

— (en español) AARP, Hispanic Federation, Bronx Community Leaders Brainstorm Ways to #DisruptDisparities  BRONX, N.Y. – New York’s Hispanic/Latino (H/L) residents face wide and growing disparities in health, economic security and livability, and AARP joined today with the Hispanic Federation and Bronx community leaders at Hostos Community College to brainstorm solutions. The 60 and over population of the state’s communities of color – of which H/L account for the largest share – grew by a staggering 43% between 2000 and 2010, …

— AARP-Commissioned Surveys Show 19th and 22nd District 50+ Voters United in Concern Over Health Care Costs, Social Security, Medicare ALBANY, N.Y. – Challengers Antonio Delgado and Anthony Brindisi hold leads over incumbents John Faso and Claudia Tenney among voters 50 and older in the nationally-watched races to represent New York’s 19th and 22nd congressional districts, according to new AARP-commissioned polls. The polls also show 50-plus voters in both districts are united, across party lines, in their concern over healthcare costs …

— Experts and Leaders from Island’s Communities of Color Brainstorm Solutions to #DisruptDisparities in Health, Economic Security and Livability at AARP Forum HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Fewer bank branches and mortgages, less affordable housing costs, more student loan delinquencies and debt collection lawsuits, and higher risk of home foreclosures plague 50+ residents of Long Island’s communities of color. Those are the key findings of a report compiled by AARP and top advocacy organizations for New York’s communities of color. And they served …