— AARP Oklahoma is recognizing some of the Oklahoma FFA’s best and brightest chapters and students with a video, which launched on AARP social media on April 20. The video features 10 Oklahoma FFA chapters that have achieved Model of Excellence recognition by the FFA. Model of Excellence chapters recognized include Burns Flat-Dill City, Colcord, Elgin, Fairview, Howe, Oologah, Owasso, Perkins-Tryon, Stillwater, and Tulsa-Webster. Selection for the Model of Excellence honor is based on the National FFA Three-Star application judging procedure, …

— By Sheila O. Schimpf Online is where almost everybody wants to be these days. But in Michigan, not everybody can get there. Last year, more than 380,000 state households were not wired to have high-speed internet access, known as broadband. “Absolutely we need more broadband,” said Eric Frederick, a vice president at Connected Nation and Connect Michigan, nonprofits that advocate for broadband expansion. Those lacking high-speed access are “mostly in rural areas, outside of small towns,” he said. The Legislature …

— Founded in New York City in 1978, SAGE, which stands for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders, is the nation’s largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults. While the organization is still based in New York, it now has local and statewide affiliates throughout the country, including Maine. In Hancock recently, WLBZ interviewed Doug Kimmel, Ph.D., a co-founder of the national SAGE organization who now serves as executive director of …

AARP Live

— Does your candidate have a plan? Watch AARP Live and Join the Conversation! Presidential candidates want our votes for the highest office in the land, but where do they stand on one of America’s greatest promises—Social Security? Do they have a plan? Most candidates are talking about the future of Social Security, but who has a real plan? Today, one in six Americans receive Social Security – it’s a lifeline for millions of retirees, disabled workers, widows, widowers and children. On …

— Jackson, MS – (April 2, 2015) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program, awarded AARP Foundation a grant of $3.3 million, with an additional $1 million coming from UnitedHealthcare, to implement a multi-year $6.6 million incentive program in Mississippi and Tennessee to increase the purchase and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The goal of this program is to increase the purchase and …

Expanding Medicaid would provide health care and prevent hospital cuts.

— Mississippi legislators only have a few weeks left in the 2013 legislative session, and they have yet to expand Medicaid for hard-working Mississippians. Access to health care is on the line, especially for about 39,000 50 to 64-year-old Mississippians who cannot afford health insurance. Call your legislator at 1-888-333-5757 and tell him or her to expand Medicaid in Mississippi! It’s still tough out there. Thousands of Mississippians have lost their jobs or are struggling in jobs without health insurance and …

Jim Kimbrough

— Opinion: Lexington Herald-Leader By Jim Kimbrough There will be no end to the slings and arrows aimed at the AARP when we stand up to special interest groups and their allies, as seen in a recent commentary (“AARP serves its bottom line, not Kentucky’s seniors,” Jan. 24).  In today’s corrosive and partisan driven political arena, any principled organization fighting for its mission and members is going to take some hits. For almost 55 years of staying true to its mission, …

— Did you know that AARP airs a show through RFD-TV, a rural provider, that brings information about older adults and the issues they care about in rural areas, and many Colorado communities can tune in? AARP is reaching out further to rural America on AARP Live, which airs nationally on RFD-TV. The show focuses on the needs and wants of the millions of 50+ rural residents in the United States. This live, one-hour call-in show airs on the third Thursday …

— Christina Fox describes her life as a caregiver as being torn between two generations. “Calling it the ‘sandwich generation’ is just a nice way of saying you’re caught between your parents and your own children,” said Fox, 43, of Milwaukee, who took in her ailing mother two years ago while parenting two teenagers. Although her mother, Sara Muhammad, 66, does not drive and has difficulty walking, Fox never considered rejecting the caregiver role. Her experience reflects the difficulties caregivers face …