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Help Make the District Age-friendly

Posted on 11/17/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bike lanes on city streets helped put Washington, D.C., on AARP’s list of the 10 most livable cities in the country last spring. As part of continuing efforts to make the District more livable, AARP DC is helping Washington become an age-friendly city, as defined by the World Health Organization and the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. Ron Swanda, a member of the AARP DC executive council, serves on the mayor’s Age-Friendly DC task force, and invites citizens to get …

Hold the Phone: Keep Landline Service

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

The nearly ubi-quitous use of mobile phones has made landlines unnecessary for many Americans. But that’s not an option for residents of rural areas where cellphone service is spotty. AARP Pennsylvania is fighting to make sure that landline service remains available and affordable for the nearly 1.5 million Keystone Staters who reside in rural areas. The cost of providing and maintaining landlines in rural areas is high, and sparser populations mean the cost per customer exceeds that for urban dwellers. …

Caregiving Can Bring Rewards, Stress

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Nell Lake Every morning, Carolyn Lassiter brings breakfast to the bed of her 95-year-old mother, Etta Mae Tilford. “She loves that first morning cup of coffee,” Lassiter said, “and she wants it from me.” Tilford has congestive heart failure, cognitive difficulties and other conditions such as a high risk for falls, making it impossible for her to live alone. Four years ago, Lassiter brought Tilford home to live with her. Lassiter, a real estate agent who lives in Melrose, …

Food Drive Volunteers Wanted

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

It’s time for holiday feasts, but for too many Marylanders, hunger is a struggle that extends beyond the holiday season. AARP Maryland is gearing up to help by recruiting volunteers for a Harvest for the Hungry food drive in March. Last spring, volunteers stationed at Safeway stores statewide collected 130,900 pounds of food—enough for 109,000 meals. AARP and other participating organizations hope to double donations in the 2016 drive. More than 10 percent of Marylanders age 50-59 and nearly 14 …

Have You Had Your Shots?

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP Wyoming is encouraging members to be sure they are up to date on their vaccines and immunizations. Only 4 in 10 Wyoming adults got a flu shot during the fall and winter of 2013-14. Nationwide, nearly 4,000 people died of influenza that year. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is running a preventive health campaign in November. For Medicare beneficiaries, that means scheduling an annual wellness exam and completing a preventive services checklist. The list includes shots …

Caregiving: It’s Tougher Than Expected

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Sheila O’Brien Schimpf What surprised Diane Vondrak Bright about caring for her parents was the difference between her expectations and what actually happened. “You become more accepting of the idea you can’t do everything,” said Bright, 61, of Troy. “Ideally, they would have been in their own home or mine. That just didn’t happen.” Bright is an occupational therapist who designs accessible homes that help people stay there as long as they can. She also serves on the AARP …