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Are Your Streets Working for You?

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesAmerica is changing politically, socially, demographically and economically — in ways that bode well for active transportation. Increasingly, we’re getting back to a nostalgic view of the street as providing the lifeblood and pulse of a neighborhood. It’s the place where shops and restaurants thrive on customer loyalty; where neighbors catch up and friends interact; where parents walk their kids to school. In essence, streets are reemerging as the fundamental context for placemaking, and it’s a change that comes just …

Affordable Care Act Opens Internet Marketplaces

Posted on 09/26/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthBy Nicole Duritz If you’re like Linda Tramel, from suburban St. Louis, you’ve probably been following the slow and sometimes confusing implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare” as it’s sometimes called. Although the majority of Americans are insured,  14% of the U.S. population are uninsured and will  have a new opportunity to purchase health insurance through their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace.  The Marketplace allows consumers to shop, compare and purchase health insurance policies online. Tramel knows her family …

Legal Help Available for Older Cook County Residents

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | All the news that matters for Illinoisans over 50. | Comments

Your LifeHi there, blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with the AARP Illinois Communications Team. We are certainly grateful for our nation’s laws, but our legal system can often be challenging and confusing, especially for older adults, making them vulnerable to the growing problem of financial and legal abuse and exploitation. Fortunately in Cook County, Ill., the hard work and vision of a judge, a former state government official and a group of volunteers is helping thousands of elderly citizens navigate …

Recommendations of Long-Term Care Commission Show Progress

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsThe federal Commission on Long-Term Care voted Sept. 12 on its final recommendations, which will be included in the commission’s final report later this month. AARP is encouraged by the examination of the serious, policy-focused bipartisan recommendations to address our country’s long-term services and supports crisis, which affects millions of people, including older Americans, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. While the recommendations are far from perfect, they show progress in seeking solutions to this crisis. Importantly, we are …

Chained CPI Petitions Delivered to Capitol Hill: 1.5 Million Say No

Posted on 08/9/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsFifteen cardboard boxes. Ten thousand pages. And about 1.5 million people who want to be heard signed their names on one or more petitions, for a total of 2.3 million signatures. A group of AARP volunteers — known as the Capitol Hill Strike Force — descended on the U.S. Capitol this morning to deliver their messages to the House Ways and Means Committee. “As members of Congress consider proposals to reform these vital retirement security programs, it’s critical that they …

Secretary Sebelius: Medicare Helps Millions

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal Health The following is a guest post from U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius AARP Op-Ed on the 48th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Tuesday, July 30, 2013 My 92-year-old father first ran for public office after he finished his military service in World War II. He served on the city council, and later was elected to Congress. In 1965, he helped write and voted for Medicare and Medicaid, which celebrate their 48th anniversary today. Since then, Medicare has …