— By Cathleen MacCaul, Advocacy Director, AARP Washington This session the House and Senate both have slim Democratic majorities in Olympia, changing committee leadership and impacting the kinds of bills that move forward. There are many challenges facing lawmakers including large investments in school funding, along with increased spending for housing and mental health.  Additionally, the state may have to quickly respond to federal decisions impacting health programs under the Affordable Care Act like continued funding for CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance …

— By Vanessa Ho Every weekend, Mark Diimmel goes out for dinner and a movie with his sister, who often takes him to get Chinese or Italian food, or maybe burgers and a milkshake. Diimmel, 64, has schizophrenia and lives in an adult family home in Bremerton, paid for by Medicaid and Social Security. But the outings have become more difficult. Everything costs more, while his personal-needs allowance—the amount of income Diimmel is allowed to keep for himself—has remained the same, …

— By Dana E. Neuts Last year, Lucia Bodenheimer’s husband was diagnosed with the early stages of dementia. A friend referred her to Elder Services, part of the statewide Family Caregiver Support Program. Bodenheimer, 78, of Spokane, now attends twice-monthly meetings to discuss concerns and get support from fellow caregivers. “I found myself in a situation I knew nothing about,” she said. “I felt like I was drowning and I needed a life jacket. This supplied that life jacket with a …

— What should the future of Seattle look like? How can we make the city a place where people of all ages can be healthy, independent and part of a vibrant community? If you missed the debate broadcast, there is still time to watch candidates Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon as they share their views on issues like safe, walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, and opportunities for residents to connect and engage in the community life of our city no matter their …

— Here’s the latest information we have on how to meet your member of Congress during the 2017 Fourth of July Recess, running July 1st through the 9th. We’ll be updating this list and please let us know of any events you hear of at aarpwa@aarp.org. District 1 – Suzan DelBene No events scheduled. District 2 – Rick Larsen No events scheduled. District 3 – Jaime Herrera Beutler No events scheduled. District 4 – Dan Newhouse Job Fair Rep. Newhouse invites you to attend his …

— [SEATTLE, WA] – Washington ranks #1 when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Washington include the need for more job opportunities for adults with disabilities who need assistance with activities of daily living. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations …

— America’s Vets Have a New Enemy: Scammers! The bad guys deliberately call retired soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, pretending to be old friends, offering “sure thing” investments, finding ways to steal their money. The data says it all: One in three victims of investment fraud in America are military veterans, a recent AARP study found. And the situation is only getting worse: There’s been a 65% increase in fraud complaints from vets over the past five years, notes the Federal …

— Over 100,000 people in Washington state live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and that number continues to grow. For many people with memory loss, social stigma and barriers to inclusion can lead to shame, fear, and isolation. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We recognize that people with memory loss are a vital part of our communities, retain remarkable strengths and stories, and deserve the right to fully participate. Here in Washington state, we’re joining the worldwide …

— Thank you to the more than 8,000 people from across the state who joined us this afternoon (Wednesday, March 29) for our special telephone town hall with Governor Jay Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler. We covered a lot of ground, including the future of health care in Washington state.  We discussed how our state stacks up to others in the nation when it comes to providing affordable accessible care; what improvements our state is making to address health care issues …

— For Immediate Release: February 14, 2017 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Advocates deliver nearly eight-thousand petitions today at State Capitol Olympia – “The person who victimized my grandma started by stealing her financial security, but in the end she stole so much more than just money,” says Amy Lecoq. “She stole part of my grandma’s person; the part that was trusting, confident, healthy, independent and proud of herself.” Camano Island resident Lecoq told the story about …