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The CARE Act: Caring for Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsI was a family caregiver for my Mom and Pop for more than 15 years. After all they’d done for me, it was my pleasure to care for them. Through the years, we were in and out of a dozen hospitals and rehabilitation centers. Each time at discharge, I was handed a dizzying array of responsibilities to ensure my parents recovered from illness and regained their health and happiness. Medication changes, wound care, nebulizers and more became part of our …

This Week in Boomer History: Liz & Dick … ‘Cat in the Hat’ … ‘Dock of the Bay’

Posted on 03/9/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsNotable events from our shared experience Mikhail Gorbachev assumes leadership of the Soviet Union on March 11, 1985. In 1990, Gorbachev wins the Nobel Peace Prize for helping to end the Cold War. In a notorious incident, neighbors in Queens, New York fail to respond to the cries of Kitty Genovese, 28, as she is stabbed to death in the street on March 13, 1964. Levi Strauss Co. begins selling bell-bottom jeans on March 11, 1969. The Cat in the Hat is published March 12, 1957. “It is the …

The Cost of Not Expanding Medicaid

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsStates have divided almost evenly on whether to expand Medicaid to millions more low-income Americans, many of them uninsured. Many Republican governors or state legislatures have rejected expansion, saying that although the federal government will pick up most of the tab now, states could be left on the hook in the future. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter And although expansion aims for low-income people, “you’re expanding coverage for graduate students and Starbucks baristas,” says Edmund Haislmaier, senior research fellow at the Heritage …

Oldest Member of Congress Fighting for Political Life

Posted on 03/5/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsRep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), the oldest member of Congress, faces a primary runoff after failing to lock up his party’s nomination March 4. Hall, a World War II Navy pilot who came to Congress in 1981 and will turn 91 in May, has said this will be his last race to represent Texas’ 4th Congressional District. But former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe, who is 48, said he wasn’t going to wait to run because Hall had made that claim in the …

Obama Budget Proposal Targets Medicare Savings

Posted on 03/4/2014 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsAs expected, President Obama’s budget proposal abandoned a call to change the way annual increases in Social Security benefits are calculated and continued a call for Medicare savings. Announced March 4, his plan, which goes next to Congress, would hit some Medicare providers, drug companies and higher-income Medicare beneficiaries as part of $402 billion in estimated health care savings over the next decade. Among the proposed changes for beneficiaries: Charge higher premiums for Parts B and D for higher-income people …

Take Charge of Your Future With ‘Work and Save’

Posted on 03/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsWe all dream of a comfortable retirement — time to relax, travel, learn a new language or take up a hobby. But in these tough economic times, that dream can sometimes feel a little out of reach, especially for those who work for small businesses — because most of them have no access to any type of retirement savings plan at work. In fact, 3 out of 5 households headed by someone 65 or older have no money in retirement savings accounts. …