AARP Arizona has released a new poll on the deep divide between Americans and Washington politicians over health care policies important to older Americans. The results show that people don’t support bills that would mean higher costs and less coverage for older Americans. Dr. Lenn Kirschner, past president of AARP and the former director of Arizona’s Medicaid program, will discuss the survey and the health care plan being considered by the U.S. Senate.
A new report on Arizona suicides has been created. It’s called the Arizona Violent Death Reporting System, and the first report shows a high rate of suicide among older Arizonans. Seniors who are military veterans had the highest suicide rate. Divorced seniors and men over the age of 85 also had a higher risk of suicide. The report was prepared by the ASU Center for Violence Prevention and Community Safety. Vincent Webb, a researcher at the center and a professor of practice in the ASU School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, will tell us about the report.
Thousands of experienced adults across the country are working to make a difference in their communities through the AARP Experience Corps program. Tempe’s AARP Experience Corps Volunteer Information Session will be held Thursday, May 7. We’ll show you how the program that pairs children with seniors is paying off in the classroom.
The Valley’s 65 and over population is expected to double in size by the end of this decade. Find out what “MAG”, the Maricopa Association of Governments, is doing to help local governments determine how to best serve this growing population. Guests include MAG Human Services and Special Projects Manager Amy St. Peter, Carol Kratz of Piper Trust, and Michelle Dinisio, the President and CEO of Benevilla, a nonprofit that provides services to seniors.
Some of the nation’s most promising high school seniors in math and science were recently honored at the 2011 Intel Science Talent Search. Meet a Chandler student who finished in the top 10. And learn about Intel’s efforts to encourage kids to pursue careers in math and science.
AARP wants Congress to stop a cut in Medicare payments to doctors from taking effect at the end of the year. The organization says a 25% cut in reimbursement rates could make it difficult for seniors to find doctors willing to see Medicare patients. David Mitchell, AARP Arizona State Director, and Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, Arizona Medical Association, discuss the issue.
This is the first year that high school seniors must pass the AIMS test to graduate. Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne will give us an update. He will talk about his successful appeal to a lawsuit that exempted English learners from taking the AIMS test. Tim Hogan of the Arizona Center for Law in the Public interest, who filed the lawsuit, will be on to give the other side.
Proposition 6 - For housing that is affordable to families and seniors and revitalizing neighborhoods.
And Proposition 7 - For sewer and other infrastructure improvements.
Find out more, visit the companion Web site.