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How Can Caregivers Get More Support?

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Laura Mecoy Cheryl R. Brown already had nearly a lifetime of caregiving experience when her husband was first diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, in 2002. She began caregiving at age 12, when her grandmother suffered a stroke, and continued to help other relatives over the years. Even with all her experience, Brown, 70, said she sometimes struggles to get the equipment and services needed by her husband, Hardy, 71. “There is no …

Breaking Bread With State Lawmakers

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Believing that state legislators would rather hear from constituents than lobbyists, AARP Arizona is bringing volunteers and lawmakers together this month to talk about issues of importance to residents 50 and older. The Jan. 15 event on the Capitol lawn will bring out about 35 AARP volunteers, mostly from greater Phoenix, with a few from Tucson and Prescott. The annual breakfast at the start of the legislative session is also a “chance for us to discuss AARP issues with legislators …

Breaking Bread With State Lawmakers

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Believing that state legislators would rather hear from constituents than lobbyists, AARP Arizona is bringing volunteers and lawmakers together this month to talk about issues of importance to residents 50 and older. The Jan. 15 event on the Capitol lawn will bring out about 35 AARP volunteers, mostly from greater Phoenix, with a few from Tucson and Prescott. The annual breakfast at the start of the legislative session is also a “chance for us to discuss AARP issues with legislators …

Fraud Fighters Reach Out to Warn People of Identity Theft

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Dana E. Neuts Last March, Leo Madden, of Seattle, discovered that the IRS had received a tax return from someone claiming to be him, requesting a refund. Madden, 82, was one of more than 1,000 victims of identity theft whose personal information was stolen from the Seattle Archdiocese in a data breach last spring. The thief did not get a refund but was never identified. Nor was it ever definitively established how the breach occurred. Madden, who volunteers for …

TEK Course Solves Tablet Mysteries

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Lorna Collier Bonnie Schultz grinned in delight. The 71-year-old retired nurse from Caledonia had just mastered the art of the selfie, taking a photo of herself using the front-facing camera on an Android tablet. It’s one of many skills Schultz picked up during a free AARP workshop in Rockford aimed at helping older adults learn more about technology. “I’m here because my smartphone is showing me how stupid I am—and I need help,” Schultz said with a laugh. Schultz …

¿Cómo pueden los cuidadores obtener más apoyo?

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Por Laura Mecoy Cheryl R. Brown ya había pasado casi toda una vida como cuidadora cuando a su esposo le diagnosticaron ELA (esclerosis lateral amiotrófica), también conocida como la enfermedad de Lou Gehrig, en el 2002. Ella empezó a prestar cuidados a los 12 años, cuando su abuela tuvo un derrame cerebral, y siguió ayudando a otros familiares con el pasar de los años. Aunque tiene mucha experiencia, Brown, de 70 años, dijo que a veces lucha para obtener el …