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Smart Drivers Keep Up With Changes

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Pamela Schmid Barb Heinzen, 68, likes to drive so much that she takes weeks-long, multistate road trips each year with a friend. After attending an AARP Smart Driver course recently, she feels more reassured than ever when she’s behind the wheel. “Now, when I’m out there, I’m very in tune,” the Bloomington resident said. “I want to make sure I have three to five seconds between me and the car in front of me. I want to make sure …

Little Guidance Given to Caregivers

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By Ann Levin When Joan Long was discharged from the hospital to a rehab facility and then sent home in January 2013, she had a new colostomy, a major abdominal wound, a complicated schedule of medications, and cognitive impairment stemming from prior treatment for a brain tumor. At no point in the discharge process did the medical staff sit down with her caregivers, Sarah Marques and Katie Patterson, and map out how to help Long manage by herself in her …

Finding Friendship With Furry Pals

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By Jonathan Higuera For many people, a pet may be the companion that helps them stay active and alert as they age. AARP Arizona recognizes this and is working with the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) to help Phoenix residents take care of their pets through affordable vaccinations, spay and neutering services, and microchipping. “There are physical, mental and emotional advantages to owning a pet,” said AHS spokeswoman Bretta Nelson. “It becomes even more beneficial later in life.” The collaboration kicks …

Showcasing 19 Prominent Local Boomers

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By Rob Swenson AARP South Dakota has teamed up with photographer Rod Evans to recognize 19 boomers—one born during each year from 1946 to 1964—for contributions to the Sioux Falls community. Nominations were solicited for “The Boomer List: Sioux Falls,” and winners were selected by a committee. KELOLAND, a CBS affiliate, will air a documentary about the list at 6:30 p.m. March 5. After that, there will be a link to the program at aarp.org/siouxfalls. Evans’ museum-quality portraits of the …

Think Insurance Covers It? Surprise!

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By Thomas Korosec When Patty Berkley slipped and fell on the stairs of her home outside Fort Worth in 2010, an ambulance ride, an emergency room visit, outpatient surgery and rehab ensued. Berkley, who then worked for a large mortgage and insurance company, was happy with her medical treatment but less pleased when she started sorting through her bills. “I was surprised I was getting bills for things I thought were covered by my insurance,” she said. Berkley, 61, who …

Smart Driver Course in High Gear

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By Nancy Johnson Cars have changed a lot since Jeanette Pike bought her first vehicle, a 1968 Chevy Malibu. Road signs, rules and driving conditions have changed, too. The Gary resident learned how to improve her driving skills in 2012, when she took an AARP Driver Safety class. She enjoyed it so much that when she learned the course needed instructors, she signed up. “I thought, with my experience in teaching, I can do that,” said Pike, 71, a retired …