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Volume 34
Fall 2018

Our Generation

Baby Boomer Mary Liveratti is Retiring as AARP Nevada State President

by Connie McMullen

After six years as AARP Nevada State President, Mary Liveratti is retiring from the post. Liveratti helped champion numerous statewide initiatives during her term, pushing the concerns of aging adults and people with disabilities to the forefront of community issues.

Liveratti is a former Deputy Director of the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Prior to the post, she worked for the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division over 24-years.

Of her term as State President, Liveratti said the scariest time was speaking before a national audience of 7,000 AARP members, and collaborating with NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Jeff Gordon and the AARP Foundation to end hunger among older adults in America.

Reflecting on her time served,
Liveratti learned,
“We can make a difference no matter
what our age is.
The future is ours,
no matter the community,
there is not a better time to live.”

AARP Nevada has participated in numerous initiatives since Liveratti was named State President. Among them the 2018 “An Investment in Hope” in which AARP Brain Health funded a $60 million investment in the Dementia Discovery Fund to disrupt dementia by supporting research. In 2015, AARP’s Public Policy Institute launched the AARP Livability Index, a resource that allows people to determine how well their communities are meeting their needs.

In 2013, AARP held a member event in Las Vegas titled Life Re-imagined, to help people adapt to an age of possibilities, and in 2012 it teamed up with the AD Council to launch a series of public service ads to encourage people to find resources at the online AARP Caregiving Resource Center.

In 2011, AARP’s Protect Seniors Campaign helps spare Social Security and Medicare benefits from budget cuts in a grass-roots effort, and with AARP support President Obama signed the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act into law enabling millions to enroll in health care insurance, some for the very first time.

This year AARP turned 60years of age, a tribute to founder Ethel Percy Andrus, a Los Angeles High School Principle who wanted to see older adults volunteer, continue to be productive in their community, and live out of poverty. Andrus blazed the path to real possibilities. One of her favorite sayings was, “To serve, not be served.”