— CAREGIVERS GAIN NEW RIGHTS FROM DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RULE Rule is Designed to Improve Communications between Caregivers and Hospitals, Reduce Readmissions   (Midvale, UT)  A new rule proposed by AARP Utah and issued by the Utah Department of Health will give important new rights to family caregivers when a loved one enters the hospital by helping to ensure that the caregiver is notified when a loved one is discharged or transferred, and receives instruction from the hospital about any after-care …

— WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new survey of internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, while tens-of-thousands admit to engaging in activity that could put them squarely in the sights of hackers looking to steal their personal information.   An AARP Fraud Watch Network report, “Convenience versus Security,” shows that among adults who access the Internet, a quarter (25%) use free …

— AARP applauds the bipartisan action taken on July 16, 2015 on S. 192, the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA) introduced by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) with Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Patty Murray (D-WA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT).  The Senate passed the bill the week that the OAA celebrated its 50 anniversary of providing invaluable services to older adults. At AARP Utah we appreciate the co-sponsorship from Senator Orrin Hatch and the support of Senator Mike Lee.  Here is …

— Utah Family Caregivers Provide $4.15 Billion in Unpaid Care According to AARP Study New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers     WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Utah provided 313 million hours of care—worth an estimated $4.15 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care …

— In a 6-3 decision issued Thursday, June 25, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of King v Burwell that federal subsidies for people to buy insurance through the Affordable Care Act (Act) are constitutional.  The issue in the case was whether subsidies would only be allowed if the subsidies were given through exchanges that the states set up themselves.  Because 34 declined to set up their own exchanges and defaulted to the federal exchanges instead, the question was whether the provision …

— This press release was issued by AARP on June 4, 2015.   National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP research provides data and profiles of family caregivers today   WASHINGTON, DC—The profile of the family caregiver in America is changing as the population ages, according to a new research study from the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP. While the “typical” family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who takes care of a relative, caregivers on the whole are becoming as diverse …

— (Midvale, UT)  AARP Utah today released finding from a statewide survey highlighting Utah caregiver experiences, challenges, and needs.  Utah has a huge unpaid work force in the form of family caregivers—382,000 Utahns provide an estimated $4.2 billion in economic value to the state every year through their service.  But this labor takes a toll. According to the survey, more than half (56 percent) of Utah caregivers age 45 and older report that they have worked full or part-time while caregiving.  …

— AARP Utah will present its Real Possibilities University on Wednesday, May 13 at The District in South Jordan featuring speakers on brain fitness and financial fraud.  Dr. Kevin Duff of the Brain Institute at the University of Utah will discuss how staying sharp improve brain fitness and memory.  Keith Woodwell, Director of the Utah Division of Securities, will outline common scams in the state and provide tips on how to avoid becoming a fraud victim.   “There is a good …

— Midvale, UT – A new AARP study debunks myths about age 50+ workers, showing that they have productive advantages that can make them a “critical component” of a successful business.   The report, “A Business Case for Workers Age 50+:  A Look at the Value of Experience 2015,” was prepared by Aon Hewitt, the global talent, retirement, and health solutions company of Aon plc.  It finds that the business case for employing workers age 50+ has grown even stronger in …

— from the AARP Media Relations Office New rule would help many saving for retirement who may be losing billions of dollars  (Washington DC)  Today AARP along with members of the Save Our Retirement coalition praised the latest major step taken on a proposed rule by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that would update requirements for those who give financial advice to individual retirement plan savers. DOL released the text of the rule and opened a public comment period for …