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Archive: October 2, 2013

PHOTO: Farmer Foodshare helps collect fresh produce for people in need, to supplement what its research says isn't always the most nutritious donated food at pantries. Courtesy of Farmer Foodshare

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The federal government shutdown could threaten disability and food-assistance benefits for some in North Carolina, according to groups charged with helping that population. Although benefits will be distributed despite the shutdown, Kristin Lavergne, director of the Inter-Faith ...Read More

PHOTO: Michigan could soon become the 38th state to adopt laws aimed at making it easier to serve as a legal guardian for an adult in need. Photo credit: Microsoft images.

LANSING, Mich. - An estimated one in seven Michigan adults is serving as a legal guardian for another adult, but with families today much more mobile and spread out across the country, advocates for caregivers want to make it easier when that continuum of care crosses state lines. Bills before the ...Read More

PHOTO: With women living longer than men, but having fewer sources of income in retirement, lawmakers and advocates are looking at ways to improve their financial security. Photo credit: John Brooks

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As Minnesota's population grows older than it's ever been, a new push is under way to improve financial security for women in the baby boomer generation. There's a great need, said Amy McDonough, advocacy director for AARP Minnesota, because women typically have fewer sources of i ...Read More

HARTFORD, Conn. - The government shutdown is on, but that didn't stop local AARP volunteers from delivering new study results to local congressional offices, detailing Social Security's $16 billion impact on the state's economy. The study should give lawmakers pause before they'd support tying cost ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Idaho State Director Mark Estess says a new report on what Social Security means for Idaho's economy underscores AARP's mission to

BOISE, Idaho - Social Security benefits are worth nearly double once they travel through the economy in Idaho, according to a new "follow the money" report. Every Social Security dollar grows in value when it is spent locally on goods and services, the AARP report found, with each $1 benefiting the ...Read More

PHOTO: The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures show the poverty rate in Tennessee fell slightly between 2011 and 2012, but the state is still the 11th poorest in the nation. Photo credit: Mish Sukharev

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee has seen a slight improvement in its poverty rate, but the struggle for low-income families is far from over. Many of the jobs lost during the Great Recession haven't yet come back, said Cynthia Chroom, president of the Tennessee Association of Community Action, and oth ...Read More

PHOTO: This week, thousands of Pennsylvanians began accessing the new online health insurance marketplace for affordable coverage, and to see if they qualify for assistance with the cost.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Heavy volume and some lengthy delays marked Day One - but in the long run, the new health-insurance marketplace may be just what the doctor ordered for more than 1 million adults and children in Pennsylvania. That's the estimated number of people living in the state who would be e ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP Arizona State Director David Mitchell says cutting Social Security will hurt both recipients and the state's economy. Courtesy of AARP Arizona.

PHOENIX - Cutting Social Security benefits would do more than just hurt recipients, according to a new report from AARP that says Arizona's economy also would suffer. The study from the AARP Public Policy Institute calculates that every benefit dollar generates $2 in spending by Arizona individuals ...Read More

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