— Por Philip Lentz Hace varios meses, una mujer de 79 años fue a la sala de emergencias del Campus Comunitario de Upstate University Hospital en Syracuse con síntomas confusos. Un momento estaba completamente paralizada y al siguiente momento se sintió bien. Sospechando que fuera un derrame cerebral, los doctores usaron un videoenlace para conectarla con Hesham Masoud, un neurólogo de Upstate ubicado en el centro de la ciudad. Masoud observó que la paciente tenía problemas para comunicarse y sufría debilidad …

— By Philip Lentz Several months ago, a 79-year-old woman went to the emergency room of Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus in Syracuse with confusing symptoms. One moment she was completely paralyzed; the next moment she felt fine. Suspecting a stroke, the doctors used a video link to connect her with Hesham Masoud, a neurologist at Upstate’s downtown location. Masoud observed that the patient had trouble communicating and had weakness in her right arm. A CT scan confirmed the stroke diagnosis. …

— MEDIA RELEASE June 21, 2018 CONTACT: Jane Margesson: AARP Maine Communications Director (207) 229-5628 or jmargesson@aarp.org   AARP Maine Stands Ready to Discuss Issues with Candidates, Engages Mainers 50-Plus in 2018 Elections Social Security, Medicare, Rx Drug Prices, Housing Among Top Priorities for Maine’s Most Active Voting Demographic   PORTLAND: In the weeks leading up to the June 12th Primary Election, AARP Maine staff and volunteers engaged older Mainers in voter engagement initiatives across the state.  Through local events and non-partisan …

— #BeTheDifference This year’s elections are some of the most important of our lifetimes. Why? Because Medicare, Social Security, healthcare and other critical issues are on the line. Help us send a strong message to candidates and politicians this election.  Make a pledge to VOTE. AARP’s Be The Difference. Vote. campaign encourages all Mainers to make their voices heard.  What are the issues of concern to you and to your family?  Every vote counts, and together, Mainers can hold politicians accountable regarding …

— By Jill Gambon Fran Lautenberger, a retired theater professor, doesn’t mind getting up in front of strangers and talking. Looking for volunteer opportunities after moving to Cape Cod from Alaska, she signed up with AARP Massachusetts to give workshops on fraud prevention. She liked the idea of learning something new and sharing the information with others. She went through training to master the material and now gives presentations to community groups and at libraries, senior centers and other venues. “I’m …

— RICHMOND – AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau today lauded lawmakers for bipartisan efforts to increase access to health care for 400,000 Virginians, including 95,000 people over 50 who are not yet eligible for Medicare.   “On behalf of all Virginians age 50 and older, especially those 95,000 that will now have much-needed access to health coverage, we graciously thank those state senators who worked across the aisle to do the right thing and vote to expand Medicaid in Virginia. …

— Before you vote, take the time to get to know where the candidates stand on issues that matter the most to AARP members and their families. This guide helps explain more about the top federal voting issues for older adults, as well as some guiding principals when it comes to the future of our health care and economic security. For more information on any of these voting issues, go to www.aarp.org/vote. MEDICARE Medicare Must Be Preserved and Strengthened Medicare provides …

— Legislators, policy experts, and health care representatives will take questions from the public on the proposal to expand Virginia’s Medicaid program at a series of public forums across the Commonwealth. The community forums — sponsored by AARP Virginia, the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy, and the HAV (Healthcare for All Virginians coalition) — will be held in the Richmond area, Virginia Beach, Fredericksburg and Lynchburg over the next two weeks. The Virginia General Assembly will return to Richmond in …

—   The U.S. Health care system spends well over $300 billion a year on prescription drugs, and almost three-fourths of that goes to brand name drugs, even though they make up less than one in eight prescriptions. The escalating costs of pharmaceuticals are driving up health care costs and premiums in both the employer and individual market. While several proposals exist at the federal level to address this problem, little – if any – action has occurred.  This has led …

— Thousands of Virginians don’t have health insurance because their employers don’t offer it or they can’t afford it.   If Virginia lawmakers were to take advantage of enhanced federal funding, the state could provide Medicaid coverage for up to 400,000 additional individuals. If you don’t have health insurance, we want to hear from you.  Tell us how the lack of health care coverage affects your life.  We won’t share your story without your permission. Email us at gthompson@aarp.org.