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Nearly half (43 percent) of Americans with disabilities say they need some sort of accommodation — like a wheelchair ramp, a braille ballot or a sign-language interpreter — to cast a ballot, according to a new survey from AARP and Easterseals. But nearly two-thirds (62 percent) say they’re concerned about new election laws making it more difficult for people with disabilities to vote.

"Recent changes in election laws are impacting voters' ability to successfully cast their ballots this year,” Lisa Simpson, director of advocacy engagement and inclusion at AARP, said in a statement.

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AARP and AARP Foundation have set up a fund to help victims of Hurricane Ian, which ravaged Florida’s west coast last week; and of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, where hundreds of thousands remain without power more than two weeks after the storm made landfall.

AARP and AARP Foundation will match donations dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1 million, with 100 percent of the funds going to organizations providing on-the-ground help.

Learn more about the fund.
AARP Foundation lawyers this week filed a class action lawsuit against one of the largest nursing home operators in Illinois. Alden Group, whose portfolio includes dozens of facilities that are home to thousands of residents, is alleged to have systematically understaffed its facilities to the detriment of those living there. The for-profit nursing home operator is being sued by residents from six of its facilities. 

“Nursing facilities have a responsibility to meet the individualized needs of every resident. That is not happening at these Alden facilities,” William Alvarado Rivera, senior vice president of litigation at AARP Foundation, said in a statement. “It is imperative that residents and families can hold nursing homes accountable in court through private rights of action for abusive and neglectful practices.”  

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November's general election is quickly approaching, with voter registration deadlines approaching in dozens of states. Voters in some parts of the country will be able to register up to and including Election Day, Nov. 8. But many voters will need to submit their registration information in the coming days if they haven't already and want to cast a ballot in November.

Upcoming registration deadlines:
  • South Carolina: Oct. 7 is the last day to register in person, Oct. 9 is the last day to register online and Oct. 11 is the last day to register by mail.
  • Alaska: Oct. 9 is the last day to register.
  • Georgia: Oct. 10 is the last day to register online; Oct. 11 is the last day to register by mail or in person.

Read the full list of upcoming deadlines.
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The Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Stop Senior Scams Act Advisory Group will meet for the first time on Thursday, Sept. 29, and AARP will have a prominent seat at the table, joining other advocacy groups, financial industry associations and government officials to come up with ways to better prepare and protect older Americans from scams and fraud.

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It’s been an eventful year for the U.S. Supreme Court, with justices ruling on several high-profile cases involving gun rights and abortion and the introduction of Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman to serve on the nation’s highest court. Several decisions also came down that directly impacted the lives of older adults, including an April decision which held that damages for emotional distress are not recoverable under the Rehabilitation Act or the Affordable Care Act.

AARP Foundation recently published its annual Supreme Court Preview, detailing some of the higher-profile cases expected to be argued before the court in the coming year that will affect the lives of Americans 50-plus.

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Millions of Americans at least temporarily lost their jobs in 2020 and 2021 as the COVID-19 pandemic upended the economy and shuttered businesses across the country. A new survey from AARP found two-thirds of workers 45 and older who lost their jobs are now reemployed. But more than 1 in 4 (26 percent) still haven't found a job, and nearly 1 in 10 (8 percent) retired.

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The virtual town hall-style event is tailored to female veterans and military spouses and will walk attendees through tips, tricks and best practices for landing a new job and advancing their careers. We’ll be joined by Lourdes Tiglao, the director of the Veterans Affairs Center for Women Veterans; Jaime Chapman, the COO and co-founder of the Military Spouse Chamber of Commerce; Danielle Williams, a social strategist at AARP; and a host of other experts and speakers.

The program will be co-hosted by the Blue Star Families organization, which was founded by military spouses to support and empower military and veteran families. It begins at 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, Sept. 29. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Sign up today.

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Medicare’s Part B standard monthly premium will fall to $164.90 in 2023, a $5.20 decrease from 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Sept. 27. Part B covers doctor visits, diagnostic tests and other outpatient services. Most Medicare beneficiaries have Part B premiums deducted directly from their monthly Social Security payments.

Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president and chief advocacy and engagement officer at AARP, calls the development "welcome news for seniors who are struggling with rising costs due to inflation." The premium drop comes in the wake of the big 2022 increase, the largest dollar increase in the history of the program.

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