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

— AARP Wisconsin is recruiting volunteer advocates to represent six northern state Senate districts to help get the association’s messages across to elected officials at all levels. Tactics include contacting state and federal legislators, writing letters to the editor and taking part in town-hall meetings. Volunteers are needed in Senate districts 10, 12, 23, 25, 29 and 31. AARP Wisconsin will need a fully staffed volunteer advocate base across the state by the beginning of 2019. Contact Helen Marks Dicks, state …

— Today, in Wisconsin more than a million people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. Before President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 53 years ago this month, fewer than 25 percent of older Americans had meaningful health insurance. Even a minor illness could propel them into bankruptcy or send them into a life of poverty. Thankfully, the deal that was struck with Americans in 1965 – pay into Medicare throughout your working …

— Two elections are coming up in Wisconsin this year – a primary election on Tuesday, August 14th and a general election on Tuesday, November 6th. AARP WI recognizes that there are many issues important to Wisconsinites on the line, and we want you to be prepared to vote. We are educating and mobilizing voters across Wisconsin for what is sure to be a critical election. Check out some great resources on state and federal issues below, mark your calendars for …

— By Joanne Cleaver Madison resident Carol Martell found a new calling after retiring in 2013 from her position as an administrative assistant with the Wisconsin Conference of the United Church of Christ. She joined the AARP advocacy team and speaks up for older residents during state legislative hearings on such topics as caregiving and health care. Even when she isn’t testifying, Martell stands, or sits, with other AARP volunteers, all wearing AARP-logo shirts. “My job is to be present,” said …

— By David Lewellen On May 5, state Sen. Fred Risser turned 90. Three weeks later, he took a 90-mile bike ride to celebrate—no cameras, no riding companions, just him going at his own pace. Riding one mile for every year has become a tradition for him. “It takes a little longer every year,” he said. Serving in the Wisconsin Legislature has been an even longer ride. Risser was reelected in November, without opposition, to his 14th four-year Senate term. Add …

— By Larry Sussman Wisconsin’s U.S. Senate candidates, Ron Johnson and Russ Feingold, differ sharply on dealing with Social Security, Medicare and other issues of importance to older voters. The state’s voters will decide Nov. 8 whether to reelect Johnson, a Republican, or replace him with Feingold, a former three-term Democratic senator. The result of this hard-fought campaign may help determine which party controls the Senate. Johnson, 61, is a business owner who defeated Feingold in 2010 by about 105,000 votes. …

— During the 2016 election, AARP’s top national priority is updating Social Security to keep the 80-year-old program going strong. AARP Wisconsin has trained dozens of advocacy volunteers to lead discussions about Social Security and the options Congress has on the table to keep the program solvent. The volunteers are ready to host local listening sessions to hear from AARP members on the issue. “These presentations offer accurate and timely information,” said Lisa Lamkins, AARP Wisconsin advocacy director. “The choices we …

— By David Lewellen Barbara Breit moved from California to Sun Prairie last summer to be near family. Breit no longer drives, but she wants to vote in Wisconsin, and voters must show a photo ID at the polls next month. Her daughter-in-law, Jan Gordon, called the local Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office and was told that the state could work with officials in New York, where Breit was born 77 years ago, to locate a copy of her birth …