Amy Goyer, AARP’s family and caregiving expert, to be featured speaker at ‘Next Best Years Conference’

Amy Goyer is a writer, speaker and consultant specializing in caregiving.  She serves as AARP’s national Family and Caregiving Expert.  In addition, she is a columnist and spokesperson and has a “Taking Care” youtube series and vlog.  Goyer started her career as a music therapist and has worked in the aging field for more than 35 years at the local, state, national and international levels.  Amy...

AARP Kentucky announces Bowling Green, Lexington winners of the Community Challenge

AARP Kentucky announces two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include the Western Kentucky University Center for Gerontology and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, Division of Parks and Recreation. Each project was fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to...

Shredding event set for Red Mile Saturday, part of AARP Kentucky’s ‘Operation: Stop Scams’

The AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Kentucky are bringing fraud-fighting efforts to consumers in Lexington “Operation: Stop Scams” – with a free community shredding event. Across the country events include: paper-shredding events, fraud education programs – popularly referred to as “scam jams,” Fraud Watch Network background presentations, tele-town halls and phone bank call-out sessions...

Commentary: AARP Kentucky fighting to protect Medicare from increased cost, risk

By Ron Bridges Special to KyForward AARP Kentucky has just launched a campaign to let Congress know we oppose any plan to increase Medicare costs and risk for seniors and today’s workers. We believe Kentuckians have earned Medicare by paying in with each and every paycheck. Proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher system would take health care in the wrong direction – ramping up costs for current...

Free help for taxpayers needing assistance with returns available through Lexington Public Libraries

Taxpayers who need help with personal and non-business returns can find it for free at the Lexington Public Library beginning in February and running through mid-April. The assistance is provided by AARP and will be available regardless of age or income at four library branches. “Low- to moderate-income people have a need for this kind of help with tax preparation and tax questions,” said Walt...

Tis the Season: Reach out to your neighbors who may be lonely during the holiday season

Bluegrass Area Development District Not everyone can look forward to the fun-filled, family-centered holiday season that marks the festive, celebratory image — from sugar plums dancing in dreamy heads to bright lights and beautifully wrapped packages to cookie baking in the oven and chestnuts roasting before open fires. A nice tableau, if you can actually get into it in real life. But the 2016 Home...

Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging joining national campaign on loneliness in older adults

The Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging & Independent Living announced that it is supporting a national campaign led by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a), in collaboration with the AARP Foundation, to raise awareness of the growing problem of social isolation and loneliness in older Americans. It is estimated that one in five adults over age 50 are affected by isolation, a problem...

Beshear issues scam alert for military families as potential schemes target veterans

As Veterans Day approaches, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning Kentuckians to be cautious of scams targeting veterans. According to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, there are nearly 330,000 veterans in Kentucky who could be the target of scams. The scams include calls and emails offering bogus military discounts and soliciting personal military information. Scammers are pretending...

Jeff Rubin: Employing older workers just makes good business sense

The last full week of September is National Employ Older Workers Week, a time set aside by the U.S. Department of Labor to recognize the vital role of older workers in the workforce. The aim is to increase awareness of this labor segment and develop innovative strategies to tap it. This campaign of awareness comes at a time, when according to a recent New York Times editorial, “Older people are likely...

Commentary: Lack of transportation options have affect on health, livelihood, economy and more

By Jeff Rubin Special to KyForward To many of us, driving is a privilege we too often take for granted. Ingrained in our culture as a rite of passage in our teenage years, it is the primary source of getting to and from work, shopping, church, or social activities as an adult, and the last vestige of freedom many adults are unwilling to give up as they grow old. We are a nation that relies on our...

Louisville-area seniors participate in Financial Institution Department’s Scam Jam

More than 170 seniors from at least five Kentucky counties learned how to recognize and avoid financial fraud at a Senior Scam Jam seminar Tuesday, an event sponsored by the state Department of Financial Institutions. The Senior Scam Jam is designed to raise awareness about the techniques con artists use, so seniors can recognize the tactics and protect themselves from fraud. Topics included cybercrime,...

Bardstown ranked on Best Small Towns list by AARP Travel website

Bardstown, Kentucky was recently ranked among the Best Small Towns in American by the AARP Travel website. Known for Bourbon production and My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown came in at No. 10. Writers Michael Alen Connelly and Abbey Chase of Fodor’s Travel wrote about the Nelson County seat: “For a stopover in Kentucky bourbon country, it’s hard to beat Bardstown, where it’s easy to be charmed...

Jeff Rubin: Affordable housing issues demand creative thinking and action

Some 40 million American households are paying more than a third of their incomes on rent, according to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal. This is particularly disconcerting given that the number had been trending downward in recent years. It infers a continuing rental affordability crisis due in no small part to a deepening income inequality across the U.S. Add to that a growing shortage...

Commentary: Public deserves answers from presidential candidates about social security

By Jim Kimbrough Special to KyForward When the presidential candidates accept their parties’ nominations in the coming weeks, millions of Americans will be watching, and nearly every one of them is either paying into or receiving the social security benefits they’ve earned. Over 2.2 million Kentuckians are paying into Social Security and they deserve to know how the candidates will keep it strong...

UK HealthCare hosting AARP Smart Driver safety course to stress strategies for older drivers

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), approximately 586 older adults are injured in motor vehicle accidents every day. “Helping people understand the aging process and teaching a few tricks to help the elderly adjust to changes in driving skill are imperative to improving those statistics,” said Candy Pettry, eldercare navigator at UK HealthCare. Participants...

AARP sponsoring free income tax assistance to all at three branches of Lexington Public Library

AARP will offer free help with tax forms at three branches of the Lexington Public Library, beginning in the first week of February and continuing until April 15. The schedule will be: — Beaumont Branch: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays. (first come, first served) — Northside Branch: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. (pick a number beginning at 8:30 a.m.) — Tates...

Livable Communities: ‘If we get it right
today, we will get it right for tomorrow’

(AARP graphic)   By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward   They all stand at the crossroads at some point. One is a young mother, pushing a stroller. Another is a local high school lacrosse player. Another is a veteran who still carries shrapnel from a foreign war in his legs. And yet another is a doting grandmother who still finds the energy to volunteer at her church’s clothing...

Constance Alexander: Caring for elderly parent not for faint of heart, but there is help

A daunting situation is succinctly described in an email from a reader in the Lexington area: “I read your article and it hit home. I’m caring for my parents – Dad has Alzheimer’s and Mom has Lewy body dementia. I’m one of the ‘lucky’ ones. Mom and Dad have some financial resources (but they’re going fast)…The last two years have been harrowing and exhausting and it’s only going...

What will make Lexington more livable, age-friendly? Survey seeks senior citizens’ ideas

A survey that begins circulating today will give Lexington’s senior citizens a chance to tell officials what the city can do to be more livable – and age-friendly.   The Livable Lexington survey is spearheaded by the Lexington’s Senior Services Commission, with support from the AARP and the Bluegrass Area Agency on Aging and Independent Living.   “Seniors tell us Lexington...

Decision to expand health coverage ensures 308,000 more Kentuckians have access

Calling it “the single-most important decision in our lifetime for improving the health of Kentuckians,” Gov. Steve Beshear today announced the inclusion of 308,000 more Kentuckians in the federal Medicaid health insurance program. The expansion, together with the creation of the Health Benefit Exchange, will ensure that every Kentuckian will have access to affordable health insurance.   The...