On a Saturday morning at the Olympia Senior Center, Linda Terry, the founder of Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP) is welcoming long-time and new participants for the day’s events. Committed volunteers are putting out snacks and coffee, while sneaking in praises for Linda’s unwavering dedication to bridge generations and foster a bond between elders and a caring group of local teens.
Sixty days and more than 4,000 bills later, Washington State legislators have closed this year’s 2018 session. Of the many bills AARP targeted and focused on, those that help put money back into the hands of consumers were standouts. The elimination of credit freeze fees; more money for those living in care facilities; relief from some property tax levies; restoration of funding for hearings aids; and the defeat of an attempt to reduce homeowner protections are now in the “win” column.
Washington State has become the 22nd state in the nation to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act.
AARP members are invited to a special live telephone town hall meeting with Governor Jay Inslee on Tuesday, February 16. We will talk about the state legislative session and a series of initiatives to help ensure that people age with dignity and purpose including long term care, Medicaid expansion, the Alzheimer’s state plan and caregiving. After the Governor, two legislators will talk about the CARE Act, a bill to support family caregivers.
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