— AARP North Dakota’s advocacy agenda is taking shape as we prepare for the 2019 session of the North Dakota Legislature, which beings on January 3. We’d like to invite you to participate in a conversation about or work with state legislators. At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, we’ll host a statewide telephone town hall for our members. We invite you to participate and ask your questions about the 2019 legislature and our advocacy work during the session. We know we’ll …

— AARP Iowa is taking its show on the road over the next two weeks to talk about caregiving issues with Iowans across the state ahead of the 2019 Iowa legislative session, which is set to begin on January 14. One of the big issues up for discussion is the Iowa CARE Act, which outlines commonsense steps to help Iowa’s more than 317,000 family caregivers when their loved one goes into the hospital and as they transition home.  In addition, AARP …

North Dakota State Capitol

— THE HEADLINE  12/5/2018 Governor Doug Burgum presented his budget for the next biennium to North Dakota legislators on December 5. Here are some of the highlights, prioritizing issues AARP North Dakota will be working on during this session: Gov. Burgum proposes changes in how social services are delivered in the state. He would like to see the current structure of 47 administrative areas changed to 19. He was quick to emphasize that “touch points” would not change, meaning the current …

— Greetings one and all… It’s hard to believe that I am writing the final blog posting for 2018. Where did the year go? Looking over my shoulder and reflecting on the past 12 months, the images of my annual activities attest to the fact that I traveled far and wide, met countless people, and enjoyed an abundance of good work. Considering the holiday season, I am inclined to view the past year as a gift. Granted, the gift came with …

— Las fiestas de fin de año son tiempo de diversión en familia, pero estos días también pueden ocasionar estrés en las personas que cuidan de un ser querido. Según una encuesta (en inglés) de AARP, 7 de cada 10 cuidadores familiares dijeron que el cuidado de un ser querido durante esta época es una carga emocional. A menudo, los cuidadores se presionan demasiado a sí mismos al tratar de crear una experiencia de fin de año perfecta. Si cuidas de …

— Loss. Probably not your favorite topic of discussion. However, loss is an inherent part of the lived experience. And loss is seemingly magnified and multiplied when confronted by a chronic, progressive, and/or terminal illness. It is important to recognize what we have to lose. By so doing, we can intentionally grieve, mourn, and integrate loss into our lives. In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On SoundCloud.com or using the SoundCloud mobile …

— Is your group looking for a dynamic expert for your next event? AARP Louisiana has trained volunteer speakers who give presentations on subjects of interest to people age 50-plus — caregiving and caregiver resources, how to keep your brain healthy, and how to spot and avoid scams and frauds. AARP Louisiana encourages churches, community organizations and social clubs to request presentations, which are designed for groups of 15. To schedule a presentation, contact LaTonya Scott at 225-376-1158 or at lsscott@aarp.org.

— AARP North Dakota is looking for volunteers to work with state legislators on issues such as caregiving, health care access, transportation and property taxes. The state legislature reconvenes on Jan. 3, and AARP is seeking volunteers to join its advocacy team. Members will talk with lawmakers about issues critical to residents 50 and older. Ideally, the group will consist of at least one resident from each of the 53 counties in North Dakota, who are prepared to meet with legislators …

South Dakota State Capitol in Winter

— South Dakotans age 50-plus will make their voices heard on issues important to them during AARP’s annual day at the capitol. Lawmakers will return to Pierre on Jan. 8 for the new legislative session, and AARP advocates will visit the Statehouse Tuesday, Jan. 29. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet with their legislators one-on-one and explain their views on issues such as livable communities, financial security and support for family caregivers. Those issues are expected to be a central …

— Approximately 290,000 Nebraska residents have access to just one internet provider or no access at all. State lawmakers return to Lincoln on Jan. 9, and AARP Nebraska wants legislators to hear from its members about issues such as expanding internet access, keeping prescription prices low and other topics that affect those 50 and older. This year’s session may include debates on tax credits for caregivers, providing sick leave for workers without that benefit, and funding home- and community-based services. AARP …