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— THE HEADLINE  12/5/2018 Governor Doug Burgum presented his budget for the next biennium to North Dakota legislators on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Here are some of the highlights, prioritizing issues AARP North Dakota will be working on during this session: Burgum proposes changes in how social services are delivered in the state. He would like to see the current structure of 47 administrative areas changed to 19. He was quick to emphasize that ‘touch points’ would not change, …

— 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!

— 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 …

— 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 and the Red River Rainbow Seniors are co-sponsoring a series of lounge and learns of particular interest to the LGBT community. All three lounge and learns are from 5:30-7 p.m. and will be held at the Delta by Marriott in Fargo. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration is required. A light meal and refreshments will be provided. These sessions are designed especially for the LGBT population and their loved ones. Anyone interested is welcome to …

— Check out the October AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Telephone Town Halls with U.S. Senate Candidates. Burkholder Named Recipient of Volunteer Award. Caregiving Expert to Speak in Bismarck and Fargo. Minot, Grand Forks Caregiving Lunch and Learns. Upcoming Coffee and Conversations in Mayville, Cavalier, and Valley City. Monthly legislative update calls with Advocacy Director Mike Chaussee. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. Get Help with Medicare Part D during Open Enrollment If you’d like to receive the newsletter …

— 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 …

— In a newly released AARP poll, North Dakota voters age 50 and over are united in their concern over health care and personal finance issues. The poll found that health care and Social Security are critically important issues to 50-plus voters as they cast their ballots this fall, and a strong majority (79 percent) believe it is unfair to deny coverage or charge those with pre-existing conditions more for health care. The survey is part of AARP’s “Be the Difference. …

— To recognize their integral work to support family caregivers in North Dakota, AARP named Senator Judy Lee, West Fargo, Representative Kathy Hogan, Fargo, and Representative Jay Seibel, Beulah, as 2017 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of nearly 100 elected officials from more than 30 states. These leaders have advanced policies to support family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community. “AARP thanks Senator Lee and Representatives Hogan and Seibel …

— Legislation to support North Dakota’s 62,100 family caregivers met with mixed results during the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. House Bill 1038 made its way through both the House and Senate and was signed by Gov. Burgum on April 18. The legislation allows the Department of Human Services to apply for a $200,000 federal grant to provide caregivers with additional respite care. Increased access to respite care across the state is critical. Respite care helps to support family caregivers, many who …

— Larry is a North Dakota caregiver who takes care of his wife with multiple sclerosis, every day, 24 hours a day. He does the cooking, bathing, and other necessary tasks that allow Larry and his wife to stay at home rather than move away from their homestead.  It’s a tough job, but for Larry and the other 62,100 North Dakota caregivers, it’s a labor of love. That is why AARP is fighting for caregivers like Larry. Now North Dakota has …