Take 40% off the AARP Smart Driver online course in July

Posted on 07/17/2014 by | Associate State Director/Communications | Comments

Health & Wellbeing From July 1 through July 31, 2014, AARP Driver Safety is hosting an AARP Smart Driver™ online course promotion, in which participants can take 40 percent off the cost of the award-winning driving refresher course. The AARP Smart Driver online course is normally $17.95 for AARP members and $21.95 for nonmembers. The AARP Smart Driver Course teaches valuable defensive driving skills and provides a refresher of the rules of the road. The course helps drivers 50 and older stay current …

Want to Quit Smoking? Here’s Help

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In a state in which 25 percent of residents ages 50 to 64 smoke—higher than the national average of 19 percent—AARP Alabama is spreading the word about new health insurance benefits that can help people quit. Under the Affordable Care Act, smoking cessation programs are covered by Medicare, Medicaid and many private health insurance plans. Lung cancer is the deadliest cancer in Alabama. Smoking is linked to the deaths of about 7,500 Alabamians annually and costs the state nearly $5.6 …

Don’t Put it Off: Screening for Colorectal Cancer

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) are encouraging Alabamians age 50-plus to be screened for colorectal cancer. Only 5 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama are taking advantage of the free annual wellness visit, which includes scheduling for the screening. Colorectal cancer was the second-leading cause of cancer deaths in the state in 2012, according to ADPH, yet the disease is preventable when precancerous polyps are removed as a result of screening. When colorectal cancers are detected …

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 …