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Shelby County Vietnam War veteran Carlen Pippin recognized by AARP for service to fellow veterans

By NAdia Ramlagan Public News Service Every Wednesday, Vietnam War veteran Carlen Pippin can be found handing out food to fellow veterans in need. The 80-year-old retired veterinarian, a Shelby County resident, has received AARP’s Andrus Award for Community Service, the seniors advocacy group’s highest honor for volunteers over 50. Vietnam War veteran Carlen Pippin serves on the board of...

Ahead of first gubernatorial debate, poll finds voters burdened by high prescription drug costs

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A new poll from AARP finds 83% of Kentucky voters age 50 and older think drug companies have influence over their governor and state legislators. The findings come as incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic Party challenger Andy Beshear, the state’s attorney general, gear up for the first gubernatorial debate being held Thursday night in Paducah....

Older Kentuckians demanding lawmakers intervene to regulate high cost of prescription medications

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service AARP members in Kentucky are calling on lawmakers to stop price-gouging by pharmaceutical companies. New surveys from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and AARP show nearly three-quarters of Americans over age 50 worry about the rising cost of prescription drugs. Of those surveyed, 80% said they regularly take at least one prescription drug – yet...

Jeff Rubin: Ageing Equal; join international campaign fighting ageism; this discrimination must stop

October 1st marked the 70th Anniversary of International Human Rights Day. It also marked the start of a 70-day global awareness-raising campaign against ageism. Why focus on Ageism? Because the stereotyping (how we think), prejudice (how we feel), and discrimination (how we act) against people based solely upon their age is prevalent worldwide. In fact, according to the latest research, it may be...

AARP investing $60 million to fund research and treatment for Kentuckians suffering from Alzheimer’s

Mary Kuhlman Public News Service An estimated 71,000 people in Kentucky are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and efforts to better treat and potentially cure the brain disease are getting a major boost from AARP, which is investing $60 million in the Disrupt Dementia Discovery Fund for dementia and Alzheimer’s research. Dementia silently destroys the brain for nearly 15 years before...

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 Association, AARP, Gerontolgy association hold Advocacy Day in Frankfort

Alzheimer’s Association®, AARP Kentucky, and the Kentucky Association for Gerontology hosted an Advocacy Day at the Capitol Annex building in Frankfort to bring awareness to the increased occurrences of Alzheimer’s disease as well as other dementias. The three organizations and over 100 advocates met with or left informational packets for, all 138 Kentucky senators and representatives. Meetings...

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...