Curt Sylvester, newly chosen AARP resident for the State of Indiana, and LaGrange County Sheriff Terry Martin presented interesting and informative programs at January meeting of LaGrange AARP Chapter #3829 at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in LaGrange. Lulu May Carney provided refreshments for the meeting.
Sheriff Martin updated memberson the county’s 2012 Crime Analysis: traffic arrests were down from 1,121 to 802; drunken driving arrests fell from 72 to 68; total criminal arrests were 613, up from 2011 totals of 432; felony arrests were down from 240 to 229; and there were 700 cases of methamphetamine-related crimes, many of those were recurring.
Sheriff Martin also stated the total number of prisoners booked during 2012 was 1,195, up from 1,066 the previous year. The jail received $273,530 in state housing funds from the Indiana Department of Corrections, but that was down from nearly $400,000 the previous year. Work release fees were $121,000, up from $70,000 in 2011.
AARP State President Curt Sylvester presented the 2013 AARP State Priority issues: Protect and strengthen Medicare and Social Security; Support Hoosier caregivers; Help Hoosiers get “Ready For Retirement”; implementing “Life Reimagined” which consists of several new programs such as AARP’s Tax Aide (provided free by volunteers) and safe driving courses to renew driving skills and information for seniors; and strengthen AARP’s volunteer teams across the state.
Sylvester closed by telling members that AARP in Indiana has a group of volunteers who meet every other week with state senators and representatives at the Capitol Building in Indianapolis.
The group’s many 2013 AARP Advocacy Priorities include: long-term care; protecting Indiana’s AARP’S “CHOICE” program which helps seniors to stay in their homes for as long as possible; livable communitiesthat provide transportation for seniors and have safe sidewalks and housing that is handicapped accessible; promoting better opportunities for retirement security to help today’s boomers and older seniors to meet basic needs; AARP’s commitment to watch all changes happening in health care reform to protect health care for seniors; consumer protection for seniors becoming victims of scams and fraud; working to keep Indiana utility bills from being increased, especially for those on fixed incomes; and securing tax credits for individuals providing in-home care.
All seniors are welcome to attend AARP meetings, both members and guests. The LaGrange County Chapter #3829 meets at 1:30 p.m. on the first Friday of every month (except July, which has no meeting) at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, 797 N. Detroit St. in LaGrange. Anyone who is a member of the national AARP is eligible to join the LaGrange chapter for a small yearly membership fee.