The General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene on Tuesday, Jan. 5. And although the pandemic will limit in-person access to lawmakers, AARP volunteers will be using virtual tools to advocate on behalf of older Kentuckians.
Editors note: Dr. Stu Ervay is a member of the AARP Kansas Executive Council and a volunteer for AARP Kansas. In this blog, he shares his experiences as the husband of his wife of 58 years who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
AARP Wisconsin is supporting two pieces of legislation that would help the state's 580,000 family caregivers. One would create a $1,000 nonrefundable income tax credit to help cover certain expenses. The other would require hospitals to communicate key information to family caregivers.
Find concerts, educational tools and classes on topics like cooking healthy, among other entertaining offerings, on AARP in Houston’s Spanish-language Facebook page, facebook.com/AARPTexasenespanol.
Ballots have arrived, and this year it includes an important measure that we at AARP Washington strongly support. We encourage you to vote to approve ESJR 8212 to secure the Long-Term Care Trust Act for vulnerable Washingtonians.
The significant and unprecedented challenges nursing homes and other residential care facilities are facing due to the pandemic has created an urgent and vital need for increased accountability to ensure the safety and health of their residents. The June 8 Washington Post article (As nursing home residents died, new covid-19 protections shielded companies from lawsuits. Families say that hides the truth.) illustrates the urgent need for policy changes.
Working with the University of Louisville’s Trager Institute, AARP Kentucky is bringing you a series of 1-hour virtual presentations on family caregiving. The series will cover:
AARP Connecticut has called on policy makers to take action to ensure the 22,000 nursing home residents in Connecticut and their loved ones can safely stay in contact during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 20, 2020, AARP Connecticut sent a letter to the state’s Governor and Commissioner of Public Health strongly recommending modifications to a March 13, 2020, Public Health Order banning visitors to nursing homes, including residents’ immediate family and caregivers. For example, requiring nursing homes to offer and facilitate virtual video visitation, as well as other enhanced communications, will help prevent social isolation, reduce anxiety, and promote safety, among other benefits. In addition, AARP Connecticut provided testimony to the Human Services Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly strongly recommending allowing passive video monitoring in nursing homes. AARP Connecticut followed this with an email to every member of the Connecticut General Assembly on March 23, 2020, asking that any legislative action in response to COVID-19 codify these recommendations.
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