— As advocates for all Wisconsinites as we age, we prefer to look at the Joint Finance Committee’s decision to remove Medicaid expansion from the proposed 2019-21 budget as simply the first mile of a marathon. The race has started, but it’s far, far from over. Over the next several weeks we will engage with our members, state lawmakers, the media and all Wisconsinites to drive home our contention that accepting Medicaid expansion funds is the right thing for Wisconsin. This …

— AARP Wisconsin is seeking nominations for its 2019 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors those individuals who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives in their communities. “Volunteerism is clearly a new way of looking at retirement for older Americans. Many are finding that they want to remain active and involved and that volunteerism fulfills this need and the desire to help others,” said Sam Wilson, AARP Wisconsin State Director. “Through this recognition, …

— We are inviting all AARP members and anyone else from the general public to join us at any or all of the state’s four state budget hearings this month in Janesville, Oak Creek, River Falls and Green Bay. At each of these hearings we will have an AARP Wisconsin volunteer advocate testify on a specific issue that we would like to see addressed in the state’s 2019-2021 state budget. As part of this effort, we will have dozens of volunteers …

— We often refer to family caregivers as Wisconsin’s unsung heroes, flying under the radar for little or no money while providing vital care that allows their loved ones to continue living in their homes and communities as long as possible. In fact, did you know that Wisconsin’s 578,000-plus family caregivers provide about 538 million hours of care to their parents, spouses, partners, and others every year? In addition, they spend an average of $7,000 per year on out-of-pocket costs related …

— Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, or income, we can all agree that improvements to our communities benefit everyone. And we all want the same things: safe, accessible and affordable places to live for you and your family, access to the shops, businesses and community services that you interact with every day, and to live near friends, family and people you can rely on. People and families are better off when communities prepare for the fact that people are living longer …

— Today, in Wisconsin more than a million people over 65 and individuals with disabilities are covered by Medicare for their health care. Before President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law 53 years ago this month, fewer than 25 percent of older Americans had meaningful health insurance. Even a minor illness could propel them into bankruptcy or send them into a life of poverty. Thankfully, the deal that was struck with Americans in 1965 – pay into Medicare throughout your working …

— Two elections are coming up in Wisconsin this year – a primary election on Tuesday, August 14th and a general election on Tuesday, November 6th. AARP WI recognizes that there are many issues important to Wisconsinites on the line, and we want you to be prepared to vote. We are educating and mobilizing voters across Wisconsin for what is sure to be a critical election. Check out some great resources on state and federal issues below, mark your calendars for …

— Remember the good old days of fun at summer camp as a kid. Well, AARP Wisconsin and YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee are turning back the clock for anyone age 50-plus to join them for a day camp experience they won’t soon forget. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in fun activities and make new friends at this all-inclusive day camp experience at Camp Minikani in Hubertus on Thursday, Aug. 23. Activities at the summer camp will include: archery, climbing …

— Connect with AARP Wisconsin staff, volunteers and other members for a special discounted performance of “Les Miserables” on Wednesday, March 28, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, 929 North Water St., Milwaukee. Members and their guests will enjoy 20 percent off all full-priced tickets for this performance. Show your AARP card at the theater to be entered to win an autographed Les Miserables show poster. You can obtain your discounted tickets online at www.marcuscenter.org/mcaccess. Use the discount code …

— AARP Wisconsin supports a pending bill in the Wisconsin State Legislature, called the Caregiver Tax Credit. The bill would create an income tax credit that reimburses family caregivers for 50% of their annual caregiving costs up to $1,000. For us here at AARP, this bill is personal, and if passed, will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the financial wellbeing of caregivers across the state. My name is Ryan, and I am an intern with AARP Wisconsin. This is my …