Sorry, but as an AARP member, I totally disagree with their assessment and
recommendations.Their solution, and that pushed by the liberal
Democrat legislator are the usual liberal prescription for everything- another
government program throwing money at a problem, with success measured by how
much money is spent, not by the quailty of the results or actual effectiveness
at eliminating the problem.Worse, this ostensibly promises to
"protect the nest egg of seniors" by having magic "free money"
appear to pay for their needs. They never tell you that the money will come
from taxes to be raised on someone. Probably the families of the elderly, or the
elderly themselves in the form of estate taxes.No, Utah seniors do
quite well, and the strong family units, large family size and religiously
inspired desire to voluntarily care for others is a much better solution than
anything AARP or liberal Democrats can ever dream up.
I completely agree with DN Subscriber. AARP lost my membership and support 3
years ago. I cannot support their liberal leaning agenda.
Re: "The Beehive State ranks last in the nation in AARP's . . .
."That's OK, AARP ranks last among real Utahns, too.
@DN Subscriber I don't think you understood the part of the article that
you quoted. Here is the entirety of what was written:"Chavez-Houck is also hoping to again back a bill that would increase
investigative staff to help protect seniors and their hard-earned nest eggs.
'You have these individuals who have been working all their lives to take
care of themselves and then to have some people take advantage of them,
it's very sad,' she said."The goal is to "increase
investigative staff to help protect seniors and their hard-earned nest
eggs." The reason that they need to "increase investigative staff"
is because Utah has a pretty big problem with affinity fraud and seniors tend to
be prime targets. This has nothing to do with giving away "free money"
to anyone. The goal is to try to reduce the amount of fraud that is being
perpetrated on our elderly. The best way to think about it would be similar to
increasing the size of a police force in order to try to combat crime.
Although Utahns consider themselves a Christan state they often exhibit and
practice things contrary to his gospel. Educational funding, equal rights are
other examples as well. It's no suprise that the previous posters attack
the messanger instead of doing a little self reflection on what we say we value
and what we show we value.
Even though the conservatives in Utah have some problems with their elected
officials, Utah does take care of the majority of people and that doesn't
mean just through the government sponsored programs. There are tens of
thousands that volunteer through all kinds of organizations, paid and not paid.
We don't need government to tell us everything to do and are a loving and
kind state. AARP bought into the ACA lock stock and barrel with the
Obama administration and the Democratic Congress. They saw the money they could
make in the process with government intervention in our lives through automatic
deductions from paychecks and insurance costs. They are a union
that may have served a function but have gone beyond that due to money. They
lost their credibility when they slid in the back door with President Obama who
has gone too far in his socialism forced mandates. We may not have the power of
Stalin in our lives or of Hitler in dividing the country into pockets but we
have experienced a lot of those trends since 2009. It is hard to believe the
Nobel group would have bent that low.
AARP is a shill for United health Care , basically one in the same, their agenda
is to get government funding for any of their programs, this is just another way
to do it.Utahans have always taken care of their own, children to the
elderly, the AARP ratings shouldn't startle anyone, guilt tripping seldom
works on people who are tuned in to AARP's agenda.
I also dropped AARP membership a year ago because of ridiculous articles like
this. AARP certainly didn't account for and acknowledge the volunteerism
and self-reliance attitude in this state. I didn't have the
advantage of many siblings to help me and I could not physically take care of my
parents by myself. However, their savings allowed me to put them in a nice,
well-run facility where I had 24/7 access and they had above-and-beyond care.
My parents were self-made and chose wise investments and frugality as a way to
ensure that I wouldn't have to support them in their twilight years
(although I would have, if needed). My dad, a WWII veteran,
declined any help from the VA because he proudly didn't need it and
couldn't imagine taking something he didn't need. I wish
AARP and other organizations would alter their agendas to celebrate people like
my parents (and many of yours) who worked hard, gave back to the
community/country and "took" nothing. AARP's approach of
cradle-to-grave government oversight is what is bankrupting this country,
financially and morally.
Thank you so much for talking about caregiver stress. My experuence has been
that certain things here would require only slight changes to reduce a great
deal of family exhaustion.Some of our seniors require para transit
assistance. They may need or want to get to appointments when family members
are not available (such as daily physical therapy). However, our UTA system
refuses to provide assistance from the curb to the building when necessary. No
family member would be so heartless. It is impractical as well as illegal.Secondly, no supermarket in SLC will do home delivery (for cash), for
homebound residents, like they did in years past.Finally, gas
stations are not attended by employees to pump gas. Pushing the button does not
work. Many seniors still can and will drive. Disembarking from the car at a
gas pump with a cane or walker is often difficult.Not every senior
has a family that can do it all. If you think a ward or missionaries can do it
all, then try that for awhile. It isn't a liberal thing or a conservative
thing. It is just reality.
Sad to keep reading over and over again how Utah continues to rank dead last or
at least at the bottom in terms of education, and caring for the Poor, Sick and
the Elderly.Mormon and Moroni warned us about this.Same Sex
Marriage wasn't mentioned once for the destruction of the Nephites -- but
everyone of these areas Utah fails in - IS!
In this case its good to be last, what that means is that families are taking
care of their own rather than relying on another statist bureaucracy funded by
the tax payer.
I believe families have responsibilities for family. The Church are there to
help in some ways but not for 24/7/365. My wife and I provided care for her
mother for over 4-years but with periodic help from other family members. We
had home teachers come for their normal visits along with the visiting teachers.
Both of these various parts of the Church would change periodically but
friendships continued. It requires planning and even turning down some job
advances to arrange schedules to benefit my wife and her mother. Life
isn't always a smooth road. Government or church organizations can help
but should not forever to provide sustenance. Extended family
members can sometimes help with money, time, housing, sitting, or just spending
time with n individual. Our mothers lived in some pretty austere times in their
lives. Government officials get elected due to their constituents being
government fed and housed and other benefits from tax payers. The AARP is one
of those organizations that have climbed onboard and forgetting their real
constituents. They see DOLLARS from the Big Uncle peacekeeper and freedom
we had trouble with AARP when my husband went from medicare to VA medical. AARP
was there with their hand out saying that he had to have them for medication
coverage and wanted about $70 a month. They were billing us for over a year and
we didn't know why and tried to get them to stop. They claimed that the
medicare office had to tell them we didn't want there service. They did
eventually stop but still insist on us owing them money for coverage we
didn't WANT or NEED or even ASK for.