— WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the federal government undertakes a major initiative to issue new identification cards to the Medicare beneficiaries in Michigan and nationwide, an AARP survey finds that a majority of those enrollees are at risk of being victimized by fraud schemes designed to capitalize on the card replacement program. In response, AARP — including AARP Michigan — will participate in an education campaign to raise awareness among consumers about Medicare Card scams. The year-long national effort to mail …

— When it comes to aging-related concerns, older LGBT adults worry most about having adequate family and other social support to rely on as they age, discrimination in long-term care (LTC) facilities, and access to LGBT-sensitive services for seniors, according to a new AARP survey. Black and Latino LGBT adults report the greatest concern about future family and social supports, and greater worry about potential abuse in LTC facilities because of their race/ethnicity and sexual orientation/gender identity. The survey, “Maintaining Dignity: …

— AARP’s recent survey shows that positive emotions far outweigh negative emotions for both family caregivers and care recipients. Family caregivers report more positive emotions despite half feeling stressed or worried and care recipients report more positive emotions despite 6 out of 10 feeling less independent. The survey also found that family caregivers who felt more prepared to take on their role were more likely to report positive emotions than negative. “Changing roles can be difficult to navigate within families, especially …

— During the most recent session of the Indiana General Assembly, AARP Indiana worked with the administration and key stakeholders on House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1493, which directs Indiana’s Division of Aging to develop a plan to expand the state’s home and community-based services (HCBS) for older Hoosiers and people with disabilities.   The Division of Aging is now seeking input from Hoosiers to help it examine the challenges and potential ways to modernize HCBS. Click the link below to provide your …

— Michiganders oppose the American Health Care Act — passed last month by the U.S. House — by a 19-point margin, according to a statewide EPIC/MRA poll. The survey, conducted May 20-24, shows 50 percent opposed and 31 percent in favor of the health care legislation, which would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The 600-sample poll indicated 19 percent are undecided or refused to respond. The AHCA was opposed by every age group, with the strongest opposition …

— By Ann Levin A few years ago, Deborah Waite, of Clifton Springs, wasn’t overly concerned about retirement. She and her husband both had good jobs in upstate New York, saved through his 401(k) and looked forward to traveling. Then, within a couple of years, their marriage fell apart, and Waite fractured her pelvis in a zip line accident. “Now I’m not sure I’m going to retire and have enough money to live like I want to,” said Waite, 55, who …

— Senior Connections is currently seeking input from adults ages 60+ via surveys and interviews. Your responses will be incorporated into a mural design with the theme “Recipes for Life.” Senior Connections is excited to announce its Interactive Mural Project, a creative program designed to highlight the colorful lives of older adults and the many gifts they give to the community. The mural will be painted on fabric squares and then be installed together on the Senior Connections building. The mural …

— AARP Florida News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Oct. 20, 2016 Media Contact: Victoria Funes, (305) 775-6944, vfunes@aarp.org New AARP poll:  FL 50 plus Women Voters Influenced by Economic Anxiety, Concerns about Social Security and Caregiving Challenges St. Petersburg, Fla. —Six in 10 Florida women voters are concerned about rising costs outpacing their income, and 45 percent worry that they won’t be able to take care of themselves as they grow older, an AARP poll of women voters shows. “Women voters age …

— At an event today on Boomer women and the 2016 election, AARP released new survey data highlighting the economic anxieties and other important concerns of women ages 50 to 69 in key battleground states. “Older women voters – particularly women of the Boomer generation — could help decide the 2016 presidential election,” said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy LeaMond. “Yet many of their real concerns are being ignored and their questions overlooked in a largely issueless campaign. The candidates still …

— Across a spectrum of political views, 87 percent of likely Oklahoma voters support services that can help people live in their own homes as they age, according to a recent nonpartisan SoonerPoll. Most respondents support home- and community-based services such as hospice care, home health care, visiting nurses, transportation, home-delivered meals, senior centers, help with housekeeping, respite care and a central place for caregiving information. More than 524,000 family caregivers in Oklahoma provide assistance to help a parent, spouse or …