AARP Cheat Sheet: Monday, October 18

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(Mike Eberspecher: "I have Alzheimer's. It's a real bummer." AARP Bulletin on caregiving, from wife Carolyn's perspective.)
Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president of AARP, in USA Today: "Older Americans on fixed incomes are paying more for utilities and food while suffering massive losses in their home values and nest eggs. Those still able to work face the longest periods of unemployment since the 1940s." She's referring to the lack of a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security, the second year in a row. However, Congress may vote to send $250 checks to Social Security recipients after the Nov. 2 elections.
It's all about what you know: States are linking their databases together to fight prescription drug abuse. "The thing that's so darn frustrating is our young people don't think it's that big of a deal. 'It's a pill. It won't hurt me. The doctor prescribed it.' But it's worse than crack cocaine." - Tracy Carter, sheriff, Lee County, North Carolina.
Lots of fun bills likely staying on the back-burner as Congress prepares to pack up: "An exception is the popular and cleverly named CALM (Commercial Advertisements Loudness Mitigation) Act to end those loud TV commercials. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Menlo Park) is confident of winning final approval for a measure that her staff says has generated more enthusiasm than anything she has sponsored during her 18 years in Congress." (It's true. My house of TV-watchers are all very eager to see this passed.)
Poverty level doesn't come close to matching cost-of-living in California: "Exaltacion Divinagracia takes home less than $13,000 a year, including public benefits. But according to the government's income standards, she is not impoverished. To get that designation a single person must live on $10,830 a year or less."
Roommates of a certain age: "We've sold ourselves this bill of goods about rugged individualism. It's a load of crap. We need each other." - Connie Skillingstad, social worker.
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