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How AARP Helps in Every State

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En español | AARP is hurricane recovery in Florida and Puerto Rico, avalanche workshops in Alaska and tamale-making classes in San Antonio. Here’s a sampling of what state, territory offices and 60,000 volunteers are doing, from legislative victories to activities that enrich our communities.

Will bike for bacon? Bike to Work Day in Anchorage featured AARP's giveaway of hot bacon. Safety workshops each winter explain avalanche dangers.

Hundreds of caregivers learn about resources and support networks. Drum circles promote socializing and stress reduction. No need to BYOD.

The Paid Family Leave law was expanded to include caregivers. AARP also helped enact the CalSavers program, giving residents a new way to save.

Yoga on the rocks (in the Rockies), cycling, skiing and cooking classes — they're all part of AARP's program called The New 50+ “It's a Mindset."

Touring Moku o Lo'e, a marine biology research center (shown in the TV show Gilligan's Island), is a popular AARP event.

Classes from New Knowledge Adventures, sponsored by AARP, state universities and the YMCA, include birding, first aid and Texas Hold'em poker.

Skiers pulled by horses? AARP has sponsored skijoring races with lots of participants 50-plus. It's like waterskiing on snow.

How to stand out in Vegas? Use a hypnotist at a Fraud Watch Network event to show how easily people can be manipulated.

New Mexico
The nation's first Native American AARP chapter, in Isleta Pueblo, focuses on health care and veterans issues.

OregonSaves, the nation's first state work-and-save program, had more than 80,000 employees take advantage of it in its first two years.

AARP played a major role in persuading state voters in 2018 to expand Medicaid coverage.

The state office leads a robust battle against scammers — interviewing con artists, surveying residents on identity theft and working with tech giants.

Lean on teens: AARP hosts sessions with high school students tutoring older residents on how to get the most out of their mobile devices.

AARP helped launch Secure Choice, a retirement savings program accessible to 1.2 million people who did not have a workplace savings plan.

The Indianapolis area has a better bus system after advocates worked on the successful Central Indiana Transit Plan.

Volunteers wrote 2,500 postcards, helping persuade Des Moines-area voters to pass a 1-cent sales tax increase, raising $37 million for street and sidewalk repairs.

It's all happening at Wichita's Grandparents Park, created by AARP: kids playing, people exercising and caregivers getting outside with parents.

AARP's annual essay contest for fifth graders highlights the special bond between grandparents and their grandkids.

Sex at 50-Plus is popular — the program, that is! Big crowds hear from health and relationship experts.

Take me out to the ... movies. Up to 3,000 people attend free films when AARP rents out a minor league baseball stadium.

AARP helped push the state to adopt the CARE Act, requiring hospitals to provide instructions to caregivers when patients are sent home.

A new, free Aging and Disability Resource Center offers help for people to live independently in their homes.

North Dakota
Ratepayers saved more than $5.5 million after AARP intervened in three utility rate cases.

"Stealing Bases, Not Identities” was the theme of Fraud Watch Network events at Columbus Clippers minor league baseball games.

The first state to pass the CARE Act, which helps family caregivers. Since 2014, more than 40 states have followed.

South Dakota
On two road trips, AARP staff and volunteers hit all 66 counties to deliver information about fraud, Social Security and Medicare.

Eat, drink and fight fraud — play financial security trivia at AARP on Tap events at local breweries.

An AARP-supported law cracks down on abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of the elderly.

AARP backed passage of the Lay Caregiver Act, aiding caregivers, and helped eliminate high-interest payday lending.

Thanks in part to AARP efforts, nursing homes and assisted-living facilities now are required to have backup generators in case of weather emergencies.

A Telehealth Summit with rural hospitals showed the benefits of telemedicine for those living in isolated parts of the state. Next: AARP is fighting for broadband internet access in rural areas.

A law supported by AARP allows nursing homes to install video devices in patients’ rooms so families can stay connected to them and monitor their treatment.

Grandparents and parents snapped up more than 750 backpacks filled with supplies for their needy students — and consumed 600 fried-catfish meals at a back-to-school party.

North Carolina
Volunteers helped consumers save more than $500 million last year by working to oppose excessive electric utility rates and increases in homeowners insurance.

Puerto Rico
After Hurricane Maria hit in 2017, an AARP call center channeled supplies to 24,000 people and food for 7,000 households with elderly residents who were living alone.

South Carolina
"Stand Down” events help homeless veterans with legal aid, food, hygiene products and haircuts.

AARP worked with state officials to increase broadband service, reduce rural isolation and boost the use of telemedicine.

Three strikes and you're shut down: A state law protects against bad nursing homes. Licenses are revoked after three violations within 24 months.

With strong support from AARP, the General Assembly last year expanded Medicaid to cover as many as 400,000 low-income adults who needed health care coverage.

Virgin Islands
With a handful of staff and just a few dozen volunteers spread across three islands, AARP has successfully backed more than 50 pieces of legislation in 18 years.

Responding to a local manufacturing boom, AARP helps retrain older workers for new jobs. Semiretired factory workers teach a younger generation.

Advocates fight for Share the Care, a bill to let home health aides and personal care workers administer medicine under a family member's direction.

District of Columbia
Legal Counsel for the Elderly provides free legal services to more than 6,000 low-income residents each year.

The state with the nation's oldest median age (44.6) can boast of the most Age-Friendly Communities: 65 and counting.

AARP Maryland and 100 volunteers created an intergenerational park in Baltimore, converting a trash-filled lot into a lush garden and outdoor classroom for kids.

A new law backed by AARP protects consumers from identity theft and threats to their credit.

New Hampshire
The first presidential primary mobilizes AARP members to tell candidates: Ditch the platitudes and get specific on Social Security and health care.

New Jersey
The expanded Family Leave Act is easier to use — and it covers more family members and workers at smaller companies.

New York
Legislative victories add up: paid family leave, the CARE Act, a work-and-save program and increased funding for services for older residents, at home and in the community.

Thousands of older residents qualify for prescription drug assistance because of a raise in the income limits for a state program backed by AARP.

Rhode Island
In a program championed by AARP, the state provides grants of up to $5,000 for home modifications for those in need of care.

The new Green Mountain Secure Retirement Plan helps small businesses offer retirement-savings plans to their employees.

West Virginia
The Legislature exempted Social Security earnings from state income tax, thanks in part to AARP.

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