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Great Ideas for Great Places: Cycle Tracks!

Posted on 08/20/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWelcome to my series, Great Ideas for Great Places! I’ll highlight the innovative, creative and even downright quirky ideas happening that make homes and communities great places to live. If you have an idea to share, please feel free to tell me all about it at the Livable Community Story page! As you may know, there has been an increase in the number of people riding bikes. Some folks ride for health, some for fun, some to get around town and …

Transition to Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports: How Is It Going?

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteStates are rapidly moving from fee-for-service to managed care for Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS). An inventory conducted for the federal government found that the number of states using Medicaid Managed LTSS grew from 8 in 2004 to 16 in 2012, and an AARP Public Policy Institute study  shows 11 states planning to develop new Medicaid Managed LTSS programs in 2013. Pros and Cons There are advantages as well as concerns about moving to capitated, risk-based managed care for Medicaid enrollees with LTSS needs. …

Strengthening Community, One Individual at a Time

Posted on 07/30/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesWhen it comes to strengthening community, we talk a lot about the role of institutions:  government, business and nonprofits.  But an underreported and underappreciated story is the role of the individual — you and me.  There are so many engaged and active people across the country who are creating significant and lasting change in their cities and communities.  And I have a wonderful example in longtime AARP volunteer Margot Seay. A resident of Kingsport, Tenn., Margot saw a need for …

Ideas to Help in Your Community on 9/11 and Every Day

Posted on 07/29/2013 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringOn Sept. 11, 2013, nearly two-thirds of AARP employees will not show up for work. Instead, they will be gardening, painting, reading to children, sorting and cleaning eyeglass donations, making toys and blankets for shelter animals, offering hygiene kits and friendly conversation to the local homeless, creating cards for sick children; visiting nursing home residents, removing toxic plants from the pastures of a therapeutic horseback riding program, and preparing and serving breakfast at a soup kitchen.  All of this “giving …

In Banking, Americans Lean Local

Posted on 07/26/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsI won’t tell you the name of my bank, but I will tell you this: it’s the oldest in the state; it didn’t use account numbers until the Federal Reserve forced it to; it has 25 branches, all within easy driving distance of one another; and every employee at the branch I use — from manager to teller — knows me by name. Not only that, the tellers all have baskets of lollipops and bags of dog biscuits at the …

Walking Shapes Our Bodies and Our Lives

Posted on 07/2/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesOur built and natural environments play a vital role in our physical, social, psychological, spiritual and emotional health. So, it’s important to find a neighborhood that’s well designed, connected, and to protect the green space that runs through it. Walkability lies at the heart of this picture. It builds social ties and cohesion; it strengthens our legs, lungs, hearts and minds, which in turn helps prevent or fight heart disease, diabetes, dementia and other serious health problems. As walking becomes …