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Day two of David Pecker testimony wraps in NY Trump trial; Supreme Court hears arguments on Idaho's near-total abortion ban; ND sees a flurry of campaigning among Native candidates; and NH lags behind other states in restricting firearms at polling sites.

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The Senate moves forward with a foreign aid package. A North Carolina judge overturns an aged law penalizing released felons. And child protection groups call a Texas immigration policy traumatic for kids.

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Wyoming needs more educators who can teach kids trade skills, a proposal to open 40-thousand acres of an Ohio forest to fracking has environmental advocates alarmed and rural communities lure bicyclists with state-of-the-art bike trail systems.

KY seniors push for family caregiving, equitable housing reforms

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Thursday, February 8, 2024   

Kentuckians age 50 and older say increased support for family caregivers, affordable housing and lower prescription drug costs would help improve their lives.

AARP Kentucky advocates will gather Friday at the Capitol in Frankfort to identify these and other issues for the state's older residents.

Gary Adkins, volunteer state president for AARP Kentucky, said the group will also be pushing for additional funding for the Senior Nutrition Program, which is commonly referred to as Meals on Wheels, along with state family caregiving tax credits and other reforms.

"They have family members or friends who are aging," Adkins observed. "These things that we are advocating for have a direct impact on every Kentuckian, because what the legislature does for our seniors is going to directly impact upon their family."

Research shows unpaid care provided by the more than 600,000 caregivers in Kentucky is valued at more than $8 billion. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four Kentucky adults is a caregiver.

Adkins pointed out measures to better the lives of seniors will directly affect their families, friends and communities.

"We will have grassroots volunteers from all over Kentucky coming in for this event to meet with their legislators, their senators and state representatives to talk about issues that are priorities for our aging Kentuckians," Adkins explained.

A Kentucky State Data Center analysis of census data finds the number of Kentuckians aged 65 and older increased from around 13% in 2010 to 17% in 2020.

Disclosure: AARP Kentucky contributes to our fund for reporting on Budget Policy and Priorities, Health Issues, Senior Issues, and Urban Planning/Transportation. If you would like to help support news in the public interest, click here.


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