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North Dakota State Capitol

— 2019 Legislature – Advocacy Activity 2/14/2019 This has been a slow week so far at the 2019 legislature. We can report that the Senate Appropriations sub-committee working on the budget for the Department of Human Services has approved funding for the Home and Community Bases Services items we have been supporting. These ideas increase access to services that help people stay at home for as long as possible. A program called Service Payments for the Elderly and Disables (SPED) was …

— If you’re not currently a caregiver, you likely will be one in the future or need the help of a caregiver yourself at some point in your life. Join a series of caregiving telephone town halls beginning in March hosted by AARP North Dakota. All North Dakotans are welcome to participate, especially those people who are currently caregivers, those who anticipate becoming a caregiver, and those who receive care from a family member or friend. The first telephone town hall …

— Healthy living is within your reach, and there are practical steps you can take right now to stay healthy or improve your wellness. Join AARP North Dakota to learn more about living a healthy lifestyle. You’ll gain access to information and resources on ways to live a more healthy life as you age. There is no cost to attend this lunch and learn, but registration is required. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at each location. The …

— 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 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 …

— 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. …

— Welcome to the AARP “Passport to Healthy Living” program. Join us at one or more of these free events in the Bismarck-Mandan area that focus on health and wellness. You’ll have a chance to meet new people, have some fun, enjoy new experiences, and live a more healthy life. Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddleboard Demo 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10 Harmon Lake Recreation Area, 3244 Harmon Lake Road, Mandan Learn the basics of kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, including the …

— Medicare contributes $1.3 billion to North Dakota’s economy, equivalent to 12 percent of state and local government spending in the state, according to a new report from AARP. Medicare also covers 116,951 beneficiaries in the state. Older Americans have said Medicare is one of their top issues in the 2018 mid-term elections, and AARP North Dakota is working to encourage voter participation this election season. “Medicare is a major economic engine in our state’s economy, as well as a key …

— Starting in April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing new Medicare cards to all people with Medicare, including 126,000 in North Dakota. Instead of a Social Security number, the new card will have a Medicare number that’s unique to each person with Medicare. The new card will help protect your identity and keep your personal information more secure. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. Medicare will automatically mail new cards at no cost …

— As bitter cold temperatures settle in, most families are turning up their thermostats to stay warm. For some low- and fixed-income households, cranking up the heat is not always an option. The North Dakota Department of Human Services reminds people that help is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The federally-funded program pays a portion of home heating costs for qualifying low-income households. Older adults, people with disabilities, and families with children age five and younger …

— The City of Bismarck is the recipient of an AARP grant totaling $12,610 as part of the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and enhance quality of life for people of all ages at the community level. Bismarck is among 89 grants totaling $780,000 awarded to projects across all 50 states and the District of Columbia to make communities more livable for people of all ages. “AARP’s Livable Communities initiative supports the efforts of neighborhoods, towns, cities and rural …