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John Kerry Shows Chinese Diplomats His Guitar Chops

Posted on 07/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsSecretary of State John Kerry, who as a teenager played bass for the Electras — a rock group he formed with high school classmates — still has some guitar chops at age 70. On July 10, while on a diplomatic mission in China, Kerry took a few moments to show off some of his finger-picking skills for Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong and others in the Great Hall of the People. The impromptu concert, captured on a cellphone and published …

Tell Congress: Protect Seniors from Hunger Now

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThe Older Americans Act (OAA) is critical to helping seniors live independently as they age. Yet Congress has stalled in its efforts to renew the legislation before Congress stops work for the fall elections. This is the first in a 3-part series to outline the importance of programs funded by the OAA – such as Meals On Wheels – to the dignity of seniors across America. Please read, share and tell Congress to take action and not play political games with seniors’ …

Do You Have a Voice at the Table When Utility Companies Try to Raise Your Rates?

Posted on 07/7/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAffordable and reliable utilities are essential for all of us. We rely on utilities to keep us warm in winter — and cool during summer heat waves — to cook our meals and keep the lights on in the dark. During severe weather and emergencies, our utilities become more important than ever — our lifelines to health and safety. Today, many Americans struggle with high utility bills. For seniors and others on fixed incomes especially, rate hikes and other cost …

Family Caregivers at Work

Posted on 06/30/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThrough the years, I’ve had to take time off from work to care for my mom and pop. And I’ve always been grateful that I worked for an employer that allowed me to take sick leave or to telework in order to be there for my parents. But I know I’m one of the lucky ones. Today, millions of American workers have no paid or unpaid sick leave. Each day they face loss of pay — or loss of their jobs …

Supporting Seniors, Family Caregivers: Where Does Your State Rank?

Posted on 06/23/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMy sister always says, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  I was reminded of this adage when I heard Loren Colman, Minnesota assistant commissioner of continuing care, explain how Minnesota is consistently ranked at the top of the nation when it comes to providing support for seniors and their family caregivers. “We planned,” he said.  Indeed, Minnesota developed a plan decades ago to transform the way the state would deliver long-term care services to older residents in their …

States Start Shifting Focus to Help Seniors Live Independently, at Home

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Politics“We need to ‘spring’ your mother,” Pop, who loved prison movies, told me over the phone while asking me to come home that weekend. Mom had been in a rehabilitation center for two weeks following a bad fall and a hospital stay. Both she and Pop were ready for her to go home. My mom and pop, like most Americans, wanted to stay in their home and community as they aged. Pop became the primary family caregiver for Mom, and …