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House Bill 139, the CARE Act, Gives Family Caregivers Formal Role in Patient Care

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

When Betty’s husband suffered from complications during surgery, caring for him also became much more complicated.  “He had to go under the knife twice again and now he has a hole the size of his fist that has to be changed and repacked twice a day,” Betty said. “I was taught to change his dressing and repack his openings. It is a good thing that I have a strong stomach because changing the bandages and repacking his wounds is bad.”  …

New Mexico State Sen. Padilla, Rep. Salazar Named to AARP’s “Capitol Caregivers”

Posted on 01/13/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

To recognize their work to support family caregivers in New Mexico, AARP named New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla and State Rep. Tomas Salazar as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers”,a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and three governors from 19 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older New Mexicans to live independently at home—where they want to be.  “AARP thanks both Sen. Padilla and Rep. Salazar for championing House Joint …

Corrales Woman Named State’s Top Volunteer

Posted on 11/21/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Dorothy “Dottie” Hu of Corrales is a force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t just give of her time to others, she ensures that children are taken care of in the most desperate of times and encourages others who might be feeling forgotten or left out, to accompany her on her journey.  Because of her passion, drive and commitment, Hu was named the AARP New Mexico 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service recipient. Each yearAARP New Mexico seeks out nominations …

NM Cabinet Secretary to Conduct State Listening Sessions

Posted on 10/10/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Do you have questions about issues facing New Mexico’s senior population? Get those questions answered and take an opportunity to voice your concerns or share your suggestions with New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department Cabinet Secretary Gino Rinaldi.  Secretary Rinaldi will be visiting the towns of Alamogordo, Las Cruces, and Deming for two-hour listening sessions to share information as well as answer questions and gather information from New Mexico residents.  Save the dates at the following locations:  Alamogordo — …

New Mexico Volunteers Attend Leadership Institute

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Two of AARP New Mexico’s volunteer leaders, Jerry Gunderson, of Las Cruces, and Mabel Blacksheep, of Window Rock, AZ, have been accepted into the AARP Volunteer Leadership Institute. The Institute is an intensive leadership program that prepares volunteers for new responsibilities and opportunities that support AARP’s mission. Each state nominates volunteers who have done outstanding work and would benefit from this unique development opportunity. “Jerry Gunderson moved to Las Cruces from Bloomington, MN, just a few years ago, where he …

Annual Fall Festival Mixes Family Fun with Important Resources

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

It’s a day of family fun, good music and community resources. Join AARP New Mexico for its Fourth Annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 18th, in Albuquerque.  “One of the things that continue to make this event so much fun and such a success is that it attracts families across several generations,” said Shanna Lapsley, AARP New Mexico Associate State Director for Multi-Cultural Outreach. “There really is something for everyone.” The main stay of the event is a resource fair that …