— AARP Nebraska is a member of the Aging Nebraskans Task Force created by the Nebraska Legislature. The task force recently released a state plan for coping with Alzheimer’s Disease to help meet the needs of patients and caregivers. Here is a summary provided by the Alzheimer’s Association Nebraska Chapter. The Nebraska State Plan for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias is a thorough examination and set of recommendations to confront the sweeping economic and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease for Nebraskans. …

— The Aging Nebraskans Task Force invites the public to attend upcoming town hall meetings on Alzheimer’s Disease in Kearney on Aug. 27, Omaha on Sept. 15 and Alliance on Sept. 29. Participants at the events will discuss the development and implementation of a Nebraska Alzheimer’s Disease Plan. Family caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s are encouraged to attend and add their voice to the discussion. The plan will assess the current impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in our …

— About 33,000 older Nebraskans currently have Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to jump by more than 20 percent in the next ten years as the population ages and the oldest boomers turn 80. “Now is the time to prepare for the growing number of Nebraskans with Alzheimer’s disease expected to occur over the next decade,” said Mark Intermill, advocacy director for AARP in Nebraska. “Unpaid family caregivers will be providing the majority of the care for their affected loved …

— Family caregivers in Nebraska provided 182 million hours of care—worth an estimated $2.5 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 provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled the annual sales ($469 billion) of the four largest U.S. tech companies combined (Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Microsoft) …

—  The Aging Nebraskans Task Force today released recommendations to plan for the future of the state’s rapidly aging population. The number of Nebraskans age 65 and over is projected to grow from 246,277 in 2010 to 324,697 in 2020 – a 31.6% increase. “Long term planning is the best strategy for promoting high quality of life for seniors in Nebraska while also maintaining good stewardship of state dollars. Promoting home and community based care, personal responsibility for financial planning, and …

— To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Nebraska, AARP names State Senators Kate Bolz of Lincoln and Sue Crawford of Bellevue as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and three governors from 19 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Nebraskans to live independently at home—where they want to be. “AARP thanks Senators Bolz and Crawford for championing two important measures this year,” …

— Below is AARP testimony presented on Nov. 13 to state senators who serve on the Aging Nebraskans Task Force regarding the need for an Aging and Disability Resource Center to serve older Nebraskans and their families. This issue will be a top legislative priority for AARP Nebraska in 2015. For more information, contact Mark Intermill at mintermill@aarp.org or 1-866-389-5651 toll free. “Good morning. My name is Glen Fewkes and I am a Legislative Representative in the Government Affairs Department of …

— AARP Nebraska strongly backs legislation to prepare for the growing number of older adults who are expected to need long-term care services over the next 20 years and beyond. LB 690, introduced by State Sen. Kate Bolz, creates the Aging Nebraskans Task Force to develop strategies for meeting the increased demand for long-term care services as the state’s population ages.  All of Nebraska’s population growth between now and 2030 will be accounted for by growth in the age 75+ population. …