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

— The North Dakota Legislative Assembly only meets every other year. However, during the “interim,” legislative committees will study a wide array of important issues. AARP will be closely watching issues important to North Dakotans 50 and older. To keep our members current on these interim studies, AARP North Dakota is hosting a monthly webinar/conference call. During these calls, expect to hear what the interim committees have been discussing, when the next meetings will be, and how you can help ensure …

— North Dakota has become the latest state to add safeguards to its long-term care resident rights law to address privacy, consent and electronic monitoring in long-term care facilities. These rights extend to residents of nursing homes, basic care and assisted living facilities and swing-bed facilities. Senate Bill 2113 was introduced by the North Dakota Department of Human Services after the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program received multiple contacts from facility residents, families and facility staff members with questions about electronic …

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— 2019 Legislature Wraps Up and Older North Dakotans Win Big AARP North Dakota advocacy volunteers came out in force during the state legislative session that wrapped up in late April. The results proved just how effective our members’ voices can be. Volunteer phone calls, e-mails, postcards, and conversations with legislators helped pass bills supporting caregivers, taxpayers and anyone who wants to live in their home and community for as long as possible. The first win for older North Dakotans was …

— Ellen Schafer of Bismarck has been appointed to the AARP North Dakota Executive Council, and Dr. Michael Worner of Fargo has been reappointed to the Executive Council for a second two-year term. Schafer is a highly-skilled career professional who worked 35 years as a registered nurse and nine years as a licensed practical nurse in hospital, nursing home, clinic, and home health and hospice environments. She worked as a medical oncology nurse for 25 years of her career. Schafer has …

— 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 – 53 percent in North Dakota and 56 percent nationally. Older voters want candidates accountable to find common ground on the issues that matter to them and their families. What they care about here in North Dakota is health care, and they made their voices …

— AARP North Dakota is urging state legislators to pass a bill to make it easier for the state’s 62,000 unpaid caregivers to assist their friends and relatives at home. During the legislative session starting Jan. 3, AARP North Dakota’s top priority is the passage of the Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable (CARE) Act. Already passed by 37 states, the District of Columbia and two territories, the legislation ensures that family caregivers are kept informed and are provided with an explanation …

— AARP North Dakota’s advocacy agenda is taking shape as we prepare for the 2019 session of the North Dakota Legislature, which beings on January 3. We’d like to invite you to participate in a conversation about or work with state legislators. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, we’ll host a statewide telephone town hall for our members. We invite you to participate and ask your questions about the 2019 legislature and our advocacy work during the session. We know we’ll …

— AARP North Dakota is looking for volunteers to work with state legislators on issues such as caregiving, health care access, transportation and property taxes. The state legislature reconvenes on Jan. 3, and AARP is seeking volunteers to join its advocacy team. Members will talk with lawmakers about issues critical to residents 50 and older. Ideally, the group will consist of at least one resident from each of the 53 counties in North Dakota, who are prepared to meet with legislators …

— Have a question for North Dakota’s candidates for the U.S. Senate? AARP North Dakota is hosting two separate telephone town halls with both candidates for U.S. Senate. We’ll have Rep. Kevin Cramer on the phone from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16. The town hall with Senator Heidi Heitkamp will be from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22. You will be able to ask questions of the candidates as well as listen to the conversation. To be sure you receive the call …

— AARP North Dakota is sponsoring candidate debates beginning Sept. 4 on Prairie Public Broadcasting. The debates feature candidates for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, Public Service Commission, and Secretary of State. Here is the debate schedule. All of the debates will be broadcast live on Prairie Public’s television network and all times are Central. Public Service Commission Unexpired 2-year-term Casey Buchmann (D) and Brian Kroshus (R) 7-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 Public Service Commission 6-year-term Jean Brandt …