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AARP urging Congress to address COVID-19 spread in nursing homes, provide testing, PPE, more staff

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service AARP is urging Congress to take action to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help protect the lives of nursing home residents by boosting access to personal protective equipment, testing and nursing staff. According to data from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, more than 500 nursing home residents so far have tested positive and more than...

New survey shows most Kentuckians think identity theft is inevitable; experts offer online security tips

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service A new survey indicates more than two-thirds of Kentuckians think becoming the victim of credit theft is unavoidable. However, consumer groups say it doesn’t have to be inevitable. In a recent survey conducted by AARP Kentucky, 73 percent of people failed a new digital-identity quiz. Volunteer with the organization Deborah Turner said people can strengthen...

Beshear Welcomes Department of KY Veterans of Foreign Wars as ‘Mission Veterans Protected’ Partner

More than 200 Veterans of Foreign Wars and Attorney General Andy Beshear are joining forces to stop scammers who specifically target Kentucky veterans and their families. As part of the Department of Kentucky Veterans of Foreign Wars annual conference in Louisville, Beshear spoke with veterans about his office’s Mission Veterans Protected (MVP) program, which aims to help reverse the high rate of...

Alzheimer’s advocates to ‘Turn the Kentucky State Capitol Purple’ to raise awareness March 15

Alzheimer’s Association, AARP Kentucky, and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology are hosting Advocacy Day to bring awareness to the increased occurrences of Alzheimer’s disease as well as other dementias. Hundreds will gather on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in room 113 at the Capitol Annex building in Frankfort. These groups will address the escalating number of family caregivers throughout the...

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...

National ranking of seniors’ well-being shows Kentucky holding fast at 49th, ahead of West Virginia

Kentucky held onto its 49th spot for the seventh year in a row in a new ranking of seniors’ well-being, with West Virginia following close behind. The rankings are part of the Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series that examines the the well-being of Americans ages 55 and older. The analysis ranks states according to five different measures of well-being and then takes the overall...

Free ‘Shred Fest 2016’ designed to help Lexington-area consumers avoid risk of identity theft

As part of its ongoing efforts to help consumers avoid falling victim to identity theft, AARP Kentucky is joining with the Better Business Bureau, the Bluegrass Area Development District, the Lexington Fayette-County Urban Government (Solid Waste Management), and the Kentucky Attorney General to sponsor “Shred Fest 2016” – an event to provide free shredding of personal financial documents and...

‘Livable Lexington’ project promotes quality of life, economic development, social equity

Lexingtonians will soon be asked to ponder an important question: What would make the city more livable?   Is it affordable housing? Access to transportation? Opportunities for employment and civic participation? Adequate health services?   How about all of the above … and then some?   These are just a few of the features identified by the Livable Lexington project as “essential”...

Get Covered: Free public sessions to explain, help enroll in state health insurance plans

(Photo from kynect.ky.gov)   Kentucky’s new health insurance marketplace, kynect, is partnering with AARP Kentucky and others to help consumers and small businesses find new health coverage. Almost 47,000 residents of Fayette County alone are without health insurance.   The free public event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14, in three hour-long sessions beginning at 4 p.m. The 4...