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Long Term Care and Health Reform Headline Community Forum

AARP’s “Decide. Create, Share” campaign with the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), AAUW, and MANA, A National Latina Organization included a community forum on Saturday, November 6th.  Denise Rolark Barnes, AARP District of Columbia state president; and Pat Jones, AARP associate state director, spoke to about 40 people at the District of Columbia event coordinated by the NCNW.  Barnes emceed and Jones explained the benefits of the new health care law. 

“We were able to share with the forum audience information about long term care and other benefits of the new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” said Louis Davis, Jr., AARP DC senior state director.  In addition, the audience received fact sheets and other resource tools explaining the benefits of the new health care law, Social Security, Medicare and care giving resources.

The “Decide. Create.  Share” program is a long term care campaign which targets boomer women ages 46-64.  “AARP DC has a strong cadre of volunteers, and we continually look for ways to grow the group. One of the demographic groups we’re focusing on is DC residents who are age 50 – 64, Davis added.

“We seized the opportunity to assist the NCNW in the District of Columbia with its community forum because it is a time-honored and respected organization with which AARP DC shares some common interests.”  AARP DC co-sponsored the forum and worked closely with the national and the DC chapter of the NCNW.  Nearly all the attendees were AARP members and at least half the audience were baby boomers. 

Leading up to the community forum, NCNW members planned and delivered a series of full-day briefings with their members, using a template and resource books provided by the AARP national office.  The sessions focused on planning related to (1) home and community; (2) finances; (3) health; (4) documenting your health care decisions.  Boomer women were the target audience for those sessions as well. Learn more about the “Decide. Create. Share.” program.

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