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Network Fights Scam Artists

Posted on 01/27/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Benjamin Lanka For Tamara James, it would be helpful if Ohioans stopped being so nice. James, interim state director for AARP Ohio, isn’t looking for Buckeyes to be rude, but some healthy skepticism would be beneficial in warding off scam attempts. “Our good manners get us in trouble,” she said, advising that “it’s OK to say no.” That is why James and the state organization recommend that people across Ohio—whether or not they are AARP members—participate in the AARP …

Free Resource Guide for Family Caregivers

Posted on 01/11/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

AARP is offering a free Caregiving Resource Guide for Wisconsinites helping a parent, spouse or other adult continue to live as independently as possible. The guide can help caregivers find assisted living facilities, hospice services or adult day-care centers. It can help people calculate long-term care costs for themselves or a family member. It links caregivers to programs that can help pay for food, utilities, prescription drugs or health care. And it can help caregivers network with peers who live …

Could You Handle a Discharged Patient?

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Leslee Jaquette It has been 13 years since June Palon’s husband, Bob, died of leukemia. But she remembers how lost she felt trying to care for him when he was released from the hospital on weekend furloughs. His oncologist preferred that the 74-year-old cancer patient remain in the hospital for treatment. But at Bob’s insistence, he was allowed to go home several weekends before being discharged to hospice care. He died shortly after. The main problem, said June, now …

LCE: Serving Those Who Served

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a host of benefits to military veterans. But the system can be difficult to navigate, and many Americans who served their country aren’t getting the benefits they earned. AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly (LCE) can help low-income vets age 60-plus who are District residents determine if they are eligible for veterans’ benefits such as a pension, health coverage and burial benefits. LCE also can help District residents dealing with an overpayment …

Law Gives More Authority to Nurses

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Nearly 90 percent of Americans want to remain in their homes as they age, and a state law enacted in 2015 makes that a little easier to do. The law gives advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) in Delaware the authority to use all of their skills to care for patients, including those who need in-home services to avoid moving into a nursing home or other long-term care facility. APRNs provide high-quality primary and preventive health care, which is particularly important …

Rein in Unreasonable Rate Hikes

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

More than three years since Hurricane Sandy ravaged New Jersey, residents are still battling the fallout, including power companies’ demands to raise rates to repair and upgrade infrastructure. On behalf of consumers, AARP New Jersey is fighting unreasonable rate hikes. Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) proposed a $1.6 billion increase to replace aging, leaky cast-iron gas pipes with stronger plastic lines. Amid pressure from AARP and other consumer advocates, PSE&G agreed to scale back the project to $905 million. …