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We’ve recognized 140 banks, credit unions and financial advisory firms around the country for their commitment to fighting financial exploitation – particularly against older adults. 

The organizations earned our 2023 BankSafe Training Seal, which certifies that their employees have completed our training to protect customers from being exploited financially.  Financial exploitation impacts an estimated 20 percent of older Americans each year, with the average victim losing $120,000.

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We’ve teamed with AARP Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to award more than $700,000 for projects to improve health equity through nursing.

The Health Equity Innovations Fund Awards will help launch or expand 16 projects in California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Tennessee, Utah, Wisconsin, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. 

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AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins is urging Congress to keep cuts to Social Security and Medicare off the table as it moves toward a deal to raise or suspend the debt limit.

“Leaders in both parties – President Biden, former President Trump, Speaker McCarthy, Majority Leader Schumer and Leader Jeffries – agree with AARP that Social Security and Medicare must not be cut as part of any debt deal,” Jenkins said in a statement Wednesday. “AARP will fight any cuts to the Social Security and Medicare benefits workers and retirees have paid into and earned.” 

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AARP and AARP Foundation have for years been fighting against the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs to chemically restrain residents in nursing homes, particularly residents with dementia. 

So we applaud the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for announcing new measures last week aimed at curbing the misuse of these powerful drugs.

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We’re asking the Social Security Administration (SSA) to put customer service on the front burner now that Congress and the Biden administration have approved a $785 million budget increase for the agency.

AARP members sent Congress more than 200,000 emails last year urging it to approve more funding for customer service issues amid historically high wait times and a backlog in disability claims

Last week, we wrote to SSA Acting Commissioner Kilolo Kijakazi, calling on her to make customer service a top priority.

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Have an idea for a small project that can make a big impact in your community? Eligible nonprofit organizations and local governments can apply for our 2023 Community Challenge grant program through March 15. 

Community Challenge grants fund quick-turnaround projects that aim to make communities great places to live for all ages. We’re looking for projects that improve public places; transportation; housing; civic engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; digital connections and more.

Past grantees have, among other projects, built walking paths, spruced up parks, launched ride-service programs and introduced community movie nights. 

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Illinois workers will soon be able to take time off to drive Mom to the doctor, stay home with a sick child or tend to their own health — without worrying that their paychecks will suffer.

We applaud state lawmakers for passing the Paid Leave for All Workers Act last week. The bill guarantees private-sector workers at least five days of paid leave a year to use for any reason, including caregiving. Gov. J.B. Pritzker has indicated he will sign the legislation, which takes effect Jan. 1, 2024.

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Want to help older adults feel loved and special this Valentine’s Day? Cupid Crew, a nationwide network of volunteers, will deliver cards and roses to hundreds of thousands of older adults around the country Feb. 14.

Wish of a Lifetime from AARP has been leading the effort for a decade, sparking connections between generations and injecting cheer into the holiday for older adults, including those in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. 

The program aims to combat the social isolation and loneliness that reached crisis proportions during the pandemic.

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