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Learn How to be a Better Family Caregiver

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

About 1.1 million New Jerseyans are providing unpaid care to loved ones. These caregivers have rights under a new state law, and AARP New Jersey is distributing a handy pocket card with the details. Under the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, every hospital patient can designate a family caregiver. The hospital must inform the caregiver when the patient is moved or released, and must show the caregiver how to perform follow-up medical tasks when the patient goes home. The …

AARP Events Coming in Western Maryland

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP is hosting a road show through western Maryland this fall, offering information and fun for members en route. Events include a scenic mountain train trip departing from Cumberland on Oct. 1 and celebrating family caregivers on board. Other events are slated for Sept. 28 in Hagerstown and McHenry, where Marylanders can shred documents and get the latest tips to protect themselves from fraud; Sept. 29 in Frostburg, where they can see how to make their houses more livable at …

Stop Elder Abuse

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Elder abuse is an underreported crime, and the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) wants to stop it. In cooperation with other nonprofit organizations, LCE is helping to train Metropolitan Police Department detectives to identify cases of neglect, assault and exploitation of vulnerable adults. The training helps investigators recognize subtle signs of abuse, such as mail delivered to a victim’s home in someone else’s name. Elder abuse is defined as a knowing, intentional or negligent act that causes harm …

Report Highlights Caregivers’ Needs

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Nearly half of Delawareans 35 and older are providing or have provided unpaid care for loved ones—and it is no secret to them that caregiving is harder, more complicated and more costly now than at any other time. That’s the conclusion of a report by the Delaware Family Caregiving Task Force, which was cochaired by former AARP state president Jeanne Nutter. As the population ages, more people will be called on to serve as caregivers, and the medical tasks can …

Experience Corps Has an Impact

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By Rita Beamish The third grader had never heard of Beethoven until he came upon a dog of the same name in the book he was reading with Miss Vigi. He was unaware of classical music—at least before Miss Vigi belted out the dramatic four notes from the iconic start of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: “DaDaDa DAAH!” She looked at the boy and saw the lightbulb flash on. “Oh, I know that!” the boy said—and affirmed yet another teaching moment for …

Volunteers Give Back in Many Ways

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Sheila O. Schimpf When Annie Mae Holt retired as a Detroit public school teacher in 2011, she had business cards printed that said “Retired with a purpose.” That purpose is to improve lives. She started volunteering at the AARP information center in Midtown Detroit the month she retired. She became the volunteer who would take on any task. “I really, really have a passion for the work AARP does as an advocate for seniors,” she said. She tells people …