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— Statewide 5th Grade Essay Contest Celebrates Grandparents Shane Ritter at Old Mill Elementary in Mt. Washington earned top honors in the 2017-18 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Shane and his grandmother, Kathryn Thompson, received their awards at the 17th Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremony at the KRTA Annual Convention in Louisville. The Old Mill Elementary School (Mt. Washington) student’s grandmother was the subject of his winning …

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— Make Time to Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for the 2018 Andrus Award for Community Service AARP Kentucky is seeking nominations for our 2018  Andrus Award for Community Service – AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. The Andrus Award recognizes outstanding Kentuckians age 50-plus who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways consistent with the AARP mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service and are inspiring others to volunteer. Nominations are open until June …

— Fair Housing Act Celebrates 50th Anniversary in Lexington Lexington housing advocates hosted a 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act Celebration.  As a Bronze Sponsor, AARP Lexington volunteers had the opportunity to meet and discuss age-friendly/livable and housing community issues with local activists and leaders. The keynote address was delivered by Anna Maria Farías Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, in the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Executive Council Member Merrylyn Moran Smith joined with other local …

— 2018 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards Nominations for our 2018 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards are now open! Know someone in your faith community who is an unsung hero? Someone who’s always helping out? AARP Kentucky wants to honor them at the 2nd Annual Real Possibilities Faith Awards. Nominations open from April 1 to May 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Nominate that special volunteer from your organization online for the AARP Real Possibilities Faith Award, today: http://spr.ly/6188DZI0G. Each nominee will …

— In Your Own Write If you have ever thought about writing your own book, this free writers’ workshop in Louisville is for you!  And maybe it’s time to put that family caregiving story into writing. Join our distinguished panel of published authors from Hydra Publications who will discuss their influences and their writing process.  They’ll also share real-life tips on how you can start writing your very own Great American Novel! Who: Open to Public What: Free Writers’ Workshop Where: …

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— Kentucky Retirees Pay More State Taxes in 2019 In the final hours of Kentucky’s 2018 General Assembly, AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to hear the voices of Kentuckians and take action to protect retirees. The state office is calling on the General Assembly and Governor Bevin to reject any tax increase on retirement income and restore deductions for medical expenses. AARP Kentucky released a statement calling on the General Assembly and Governor Bevin to reject any changes to the state’s …

— Say “NO” to Unfair Electric Bill Increase! AARP Kentucky is challenging a request by Kentucky Power Company to raise electricity rates in Eastern Kentucky. And we need your help to stop this rate hike. Take Action: Sign the Petition to Kentucky Public Service Commission, here: spr.ly/60168ChJn Kentucky Power is asking the Kentucky Public Service Commission to approve an increase of $60 million dollars. More than 168,500 Kentuckians in the utility’s 20-county service area electric customers in Eastern Kentucky could see their …

— Inspired Service of Faith-filled Volunteers Recognized with 2017 AARP Real Possibilities Faith Awards AARP Kentucky volunteers, staff, and friends recently celebrated 23 inspiring, faith-filled volunteers nominated for their dedicated service in Louisville. The celebration experience was attended by more than 100, included a live band, and Emceed by WLOU 104.7 FM radio personality, Ms. Krystal. Wilma Mitchell, a local AARP Kentucky volunteer, helped to coordinate the outreach effort.  According to Mitchell, “I was honored and excited to be a part of …

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— New scorecard ranks Kentucky 50th in helping care for a growing populations of Kentuckians aging and living with disabilities.  Report calls for change in the pace to meet growing needs and shifting demographic demands. Picking Up the Pace of Change: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers – the third in a series of reports—ranks each state overall and on 25 specific indicators in five key dimensions: affordability and …

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— AARP Community Challenge Grant Program to Help Make Communities Better Places to Live for All Ages AARP is now accepting applications for Community Challenge grants to fund projects that spark change in local communities. The grant program is part of AARP’s nationwide Livable Communities initiative that aims to make our communities great places to live for everyone. The application deadline is June 30, 2017 and all projects must be completed by November 1, 2017. All applications must be submitted through …