It’s Older Driver Week!

Posted on 12/3/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In celebration of Older Driver Safety Awareness Week – December 1 through 5 – AARP members and non-members can register fo the AARP Smart Driver online course at 30 percent off the normal rate! This offer is good until December 7! Upon registration at www.aarpdriversafety.org, participants have 60 days to complete the course in which they will learn valuable safe driving strategies. Older Driver Safety Week is sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) and aims to provide understanding …

Holiday Checkup: Helping Older Relatives

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Planning to visit older relatives this holiday season? The best present you can give is to check on loved ones who are aging in place. AARP Alabama encourages families to take stock while sharing turkey and eggnog. If a relative’s mobility has diminished, is the home still accessible? Do new health issues require a doctor’s attention? Are finances in order? About 28 percent of people age 65-plus—and nearly half of women age 75-plus—live alone, according to the Administration on Aging. …

Close Families are at the Heart of Caregiving

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Health & Wellbeing When Stormy, age 8, was in kindergarten, her teachers started sending her home from school frequently for vomiting and losing her balance. After a couple doctor visits, the family was told to wait and see what happens. When her situation didn’t improve, her great-grandparents took the lead and arranged for a doctor visit at a local Children’s Hospital. Soon afterwards, Stormy was diagnosed with an amelablastoma, or brain tumor. She’d had it for 6 months. Stormy’s father had passed away …

Open Enrollment Starts Saturday for State’s Health Insurance Marketplace

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Delaware will launch the second open enrollment period of its Health Insurance Marketplace will run from Nov. 15, 2014 – Feb. 15, 2015, and is  ready to build on the success of season one in which 14,400 Delawareans signed up for private health coverage.  Individuals must sign up by Dec. 15 for coverage to be effective Jan. 1. Policies for all current enrollees expire on Dec. 31.  Key features of the Health Insurance Marketplace in Delaware for 2015 include: More choice: People who …

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 …