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PHOTO: Loneliness is one of the toughest things about aging. AARP is asking people to commit to spending one day a month with an older relative or neighbor, to make a meaningful connection between generations. Photo credit: tobkatrina/FeaturePics.com

PORTLAND, Ore. – It may be time for a new holiday tradition – or an early New Year's resolution – to spend time with an older person in your family or your neighborhood, and to make it a monthly commitment. AARP points out that amid Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Mo ...Read More

PHOTO: Family caregivers face added stress during the holidays, with finances topping the list of concerns in a new survey. Photo credit: PublicDomanPictures/Pixabay

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Thanksgiving is the kick-off of a holiday season that lasts more than a month, and a new AARP survey of caregivers for aging parents or other relatives shows the stress meter runs high this time of year. The survey shows their concerns are topped by finances, followed by tryi ...Read More

PHOTO: Eighty-four percent of Oregonians age 45 and older said they help older loved ones with household chores. Transportation, shopping and medication management are other common responsibilities of family caregiving that allow people to remain in their homes. Photo courtesy of AARP.

PORTLAND, Ore. - As they age, most people want to be able to live independently and at home as long as they can. That's the not-so-surprising finding of an AARP survey of Oregon voters age 45 and older. In the survey, half of the respondents said they now are providing - or have provided - unpaid c ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is still more difficult for Washingtonians with a disability to find a job than it is for other people. Photo credit: Ivelin Radkov/FeaturePics.com.

SEATTLE - Many retailers are hiring seasonal workers for the holidays, but for one group of prospective employees, it isn't easy to land a job. They are people with disabilities, and their unemployment rate is almost 27 percent. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are asked t ...Read More

PHOTO: A dozen groups statewide are sharing in $900,000 in grant money, as Minnesota continues its efforts to recognize that children who are sexually exploited are victims and survivors, not criminals. Photo credit: Bailey Weaver/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota is taking another step in helping youths break free from sexual exploitation, and in helping them reclaim their lives. The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded $900,000 dollars to 13 organizations across the state to help girls and boys escape from trafficking and ...Read More

Photo: Lou Henderson spent 20 years caring for his wife and recently decided to place her in assisted care. Photo credit: Holly Pilson

MAXTON, N.C. – For every twinkle of a holiday light and crinkle of wrapping paper, there's stress associated with this time of year, especially for the thousands of North Carolinians who care for a loved one. Adding to their concern are waiting lists for existing services across the state th ...Read More

PHOTO: State Senator Robin Webb (D-Grayson) says she will file a bill in the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly to further protect the preservation and handling of DNA evidence in death penalty cases. Photo courtesy of the Legislative Research Commission.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State Sen. Robin Webb says more needs to be done to make sure Kentucky does not execute an innocent person. So, when lawmakers return to Frankfort in January, Webb says she will file a bill to address concerns about biological evidence, lineups, interrogations and mental hea ...Read More

PHOTO: Kids from lower-income families are more likely to escape the cycle of poverty when programs are also coordinated to serve their parents, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy of Bridge Meadows.

PORTLAND, Ore. - To help low-income children, help their parents at the same time to get onto more stable financial footing. That's the message in a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report says programs and policies with the best intentions often focus on either kids or parents as ...Read More

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