We will #SaveADA!

  H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act Tool Kit   Congress is about to vote on a bill that would strip away the civil rights of people with disabilities.  H.R. 620, also known as the “ADA Notification” bill, is scheduled to be voted on at 9 am Thursday Feb. 15. H.R. 620 would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and make it harder for people with disabilities to participate in the mainstream of society. This bill would remove any consequence for businesses with architectural barriers that violate the ADA unless and until a person with a disability provides them with a legal notice detailing how the business has violated the law.  After that, the person with a disability would have to wait […]

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AZ AARP 2018 Day at the Legislature

Want to give a state legislator a piece of you mind? In a nice way, of course. Sign up for AZ AARP 2018 Day at the Legislature. The nonpartisan, outdoor luncheon is January 30, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on the Capitol lawn, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ. If you’ve participated before, AARP needs you back. If this is your first foray into citizen lobbying, AARP staff and volunteers will be there to guide you along. These are some of AZ AARP’s top priorities for the 2018 legislative session: long-term home health care, caregiver tax credits and respite programs, stopping surprise medical bills, property tax relief, protecting elders from money scams, and keeping utility rates low and government pensions strong. Arizona’s 2018 Day at […]

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Caregiving benefits are within top 10 priorities for employees

A growing number of employers are becoming aware that workers are providing greater hands-on support to aging parents and other family members — and that employers can help through employee benefits, according to the report, “Caregiving Growing in Importance to Employers,” by the Northeast Business Group on Health in collaboration with AARP. NEBGH surveyed benefits managers from 129 U.S. employers and found that two-thirds (66 percent) agree that during the next five years, caregiving will become an increasingly important issue to their workers. Nearly half (45 percent) say caregiving benefits are within their top 10 priorities for employee health and benefit issues, while 12 percent say it’s within their top five priorities. However, 32 percent say they are unable to address the issue, and 11 percent say it’s […]

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Observation Status vs. Hospital Admittance

What’s worse for a senior than getting hospitalized and then having to go for rehab?  Learning that Medicare won’t cover your rehab because of a technicality. It’s one of the bigger messes in health care today, and despite recent attempts to fix it, many seniors still don’t fully understand it … until it hits them in the wallet. Observation Status vs. Hospital Admittance Fact: Medicare doesn’t cover rehab stays in skilled nursing facilities unless the patient was first admitted to the hospital and spent at least three days inpatient. However, more ER doctors are categorizing seniors for observation, not admittance. Seniors under observation not only pay more out-of-pocket for hospitalizations (it’s covered under Medicare Part B, not the more generous Part A), but are ineligible […]

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Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friendly Tempe is hosting Dementia Friends Arizona training sessions at various dates and locations, and is looking for local people to join in learning about dementia and helping people who are living with it in Tempe. There is no cost to attend. Dementia Friends is the biggest ever initiative to change people’s perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the community thinks, talks and acts about the disease. A Dementia Friends training will help people learn about dementia and the small ways to help. From telling friends about the program to visiting someone living with dementia, every action counts. Wednesday, August 2, 10 – 11 a.m., Changing Hands Book Store, 6428 S McClintock Dr, Tempe 85283 Wednesday, August 2, 7 – 8 […]

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Poverty Institute – Obtain the Tools Needed to Effectively Move People Out of Poverty

  The Beegle Poverty Institutes are designed for professionals from the fields of justice, education, health, social service, housing, faith-­based and community organizations. The poverty institutes are fully accredited through Portland State University and led by Dr. Donna Beegle, poverty expert, public speaker and researcher who grew up in generational poverty. Dr. Beegle has been training professionals for over 27 years on how to help those in the crisis of poverty to get out, and stay out of poverty. Phoenix Poverty Institutes flyer Poverty Institute Poverty Coaching Institute

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Family Caregiver Day at the Capitol March 30th, 2017

Family Caregiver Day at the Capitol March 30th, 2017 Sponsored by the Arizona Caregiver Coalition Caregivers may be partners, family members, or close friends. Most often, they’re not trained for the caregiver job. Many times, they’re the lifeline of the person with the diagnosis.  Consequently, caregivers will put their lives on hold or adjust their work schedule to care for their loved ones, oftentimes creating an economic burden. Finances are reduced due to out-of-pocket caregiving expenses.  63% of Arizona caregivers use their own money to help provide care, per AARP. Caregivers will reduce hours or quit the workforce all together.  According to AARP, 68% of Arizonians will modify their work schedule. MetLife reports that family caregivers (age 50 and older) who leave the workforce to […]

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Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging

May 5, 2017 is the next meeting at 1700 West Washington, 3rd Floor conference room from 10:15 to 12:15. Come make your opinions known.   Established by state law in 1980, the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging (GACA) is a statewide body of fifteen members appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms.  The Council’s purpose, by statute, is to “advise the Governor, Legislature and all State Departments which the Council deems necessary on all matters and issues relating to aging, including the administration of the State Plan on Aging.”  The GACA mission is to enhance the quality of life for older Arizonans. The Council advises policy makers and state agencies and works with local communities, private enterprises and older adults across Arizona to accomplish its […]

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