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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: Rural hospitals provide care for more than 700,000 New Mexico residents annually, and rural hospitals are getting some recognition this week for the work they do in communities around the state. Photo courtesy of the National Institutes of Health.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Hospitals in rural New Mexico are being recognized for their role in providing care to hundreds of thousands of residents. As part of celebrating National Rural Health Day on Thursday, the New Mexico Department of Health is honoring the staff at two dozen rural hospitals. Britt Cat ...Read More

PHOTO: Getting more North Dakotans with disabilities on the job is the focus as the state's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, meeting today in Bismarck. Photo credit: photologue_np/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As North Dakota continues to report the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, one often untapped resource that could help fill those job openings is individuals with disabilities. Cheryl Hess, executive director with the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP says more should be done to recognize and support unpaid family caregivers. Photo courtesy of AARP.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - November is National Family Caregivers Month. More than 2.5 million Pennsylvanians care for aging or ill parents or spouses at home. For many, this means the family can stay together instead of being separated, with one of them in a costly and often distant institution. Estimates ...Read More

PHOTO:  Smoke-Free Kentucky is asking the Kentucky General Assembly to make a comprehensive, statewide indoor smoke-free law a top priority when it convenes in January. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition has a message for state lawmakers: Make a comprehensive, statewide, indoor, smoke-free law a "number one priority" during the 2015 legislative session. Amy Barkley, chair of the Kentucky Smoke-Free Coalition, says her organization has proposed bill ...Read More

PHOTO: Caregivers lend much more than a helping hand to help those they love, which is why AARP is reaching out to support - and honor - the role they play in their families and their community. Photo courtesy AARP.

LANSING, Mich. - They are unsung heroes: Millions of Michiganders who do "double duty" caring for aging parents, spouses, or loved ones. But there are financial and emotional price tags to family caregivers, which is why AARP Michigan wants to connect caregivers with tools to ease the burden. Lisa ...Read More

PHOTO: The Holmes Family of Misty Brook Farm, a Buy/Protect/Sell Project in Albion, was helped by Maine Community Foundationís $1 million loan to Maine Farmland Trust. Photo credit: Greta Rybus/Maine Farmland Trust.

ELLSWORTH, Maine – The Maine Community Foundation is one of the nation's best at finding ways to build community wealth using new approaches, according to a report released today. The report by the Maryland-based Democracy Collaborative names the Ellsworth-based foundation one of the Innovati ...Read More

PHOTO: Residents of Iowa recycle more than a million tons of material a year. Photo credit: Steve Snodgrass/Flickr.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - This Saturday, November 15, marks America Recycles Day, and Iowans are being reminded of the positive impacts recycling has on their community and environment, and that more material than ever doesn't need to go into a landfill. When recycling programs first began in Iowa, only ...Read More

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