2014 Alabama Senior Olympics starts April 26

Posted on 04/16/2014 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Dust off those tennis racquets, pick up the walking and running pace, and swing that bowling ball! It’s time to get ready for the 2014 Alabama Senior Olympics events that begin April 26 and end June 7, as part of the Alabama Sports Festival, Inc. What you need to know: Anyone who is 50 years old to 100+ is welcome to join the fun. You’ll compete with others your age, give or take a few years, based on your age on …

Help in Recognizing Elder Abuse, Neglect

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A new tool kit can help Alabamians recognize and report cases of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, as defined by a new state law. Enacted in 2013, the law stiffens penalties and expands prosecutorial powers to defend victims age 60 and older—including those targeted by scams or misuse of power of attorney. Most elder abuse happens in a family setting, and the incidence of such crimes is increasing as people live longer and require more care, according to the state …

Deadline for health insurance coverage is March 31.

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Health & Wellbeing If you are under age 65 and not currently eligible for Medicare or Medicaid, it’s important to understand your insurance options in Alabama. The deadline to sign up for health insurance for this year to avoid paying a penalty is March 31, 2014. We strongly urge all Alabamians who are currently without health insurance to go to www.healthcare.gov to determine your eligibility for private insurance and subsidies. Alabama’s governor, Robert Bentley, continues to stand against Medicaid expansion, leaving many thousands …

Faith Communities Seek to Relieve Stress on Caregivers

Faith Communities Seek to Relieve Stress on Caregivers

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Alabama is working with the Alabama Lifespan Respite Coalition to raise awareness of the demands of caregiving and to engage faith-based groups in efforts to relieve stress on caregivers. Alabama has about 818,000 family caregivers, and the estimated value of their unpaid contributions is more than $7.3 billion, according to a 2011 AARP report. AARP is distributing its “Prepare to Care: A Planning Guide for Families” to chapters across the state, along with a tool kit developed by the …

Free workshop at UAB answers questions about the insurance marketplace

Free workshop at UAB answers questions about the insurance marketplace

Posted on 09/3/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The Health Insurance Marketplace and Beyond 6th Annual UAB AARP Aging Policy Conference Wednesday, October 2 3-6 p.m.  At the Edge of Chaos (UAB campus), Lister Hill Library, 4th Floor, 1700 University Blvd., Birmingham, AL 35294 When open enrollment begins  Oct. 1 for the Healthcare Marketplace, consumers and providers alike will have questions A Kaiser Family Foundation poll earlier this year found that 42% of the public didn’t know the Affordable Care Act had become law. Among those, 19% thought …

'Container Garden' Grows Yummy Salads

‘Container Garden’ Grows Yummy Salads

Posted on 07/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP is working with food banks and other organizations to teach older people how to grow ingredients for a nutritious salad in a container that can be placed on a porch or balcony. After graduating from the day-and-a-half “container garden” class, participants will receive a container, plants and directions for growing their own salad bowl. Other efforts in the fight against hunger among older Alabamans include assisting eligible people with applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program  (SNAP) and conducting …