Don’t Put it Off: Screening for Colorectal Cancer

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

Home & Family 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 …

Help in Recognizing Elder Abuse, Neglect

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

Home & Family 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 …

Dr. Martha Poole Simmons receives Award

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Home & Family Dr. Martha Poole Simmons receives AARP Alabama’s most prestigious Volunteer award for Community Service Montgomery – Dr. Martha Poole Simmons has been selected to receive AARP Alabama’s 2013 Andrus Award for Community Service. The award recognizes volunteers who made their communities better in ways that support AARP’s mission, vision, and strategic direction and that inspire others to volunteer. “This award is a symbol to the public that each of us can create positive social change through our acts of service,” says …

Alabamians will still see high natural gas and electric bills in 2014

Posted on 12/13/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Home & Family In Alabama, electric and gas customers still pay some of the highest bills in the South, while Alabama’s big utilities reap some of the highest allowed profits in the country.  Following nearly a year of informal meetings by the Public Service Commission (PSC) on the rates and profits of Mobile Gas, Alabama Gas, and Alabama Power, the status quo remains with Alabamians seeing little if any relief on their utility bills. Mobile Gas, Alabama Gas, and Alabama Power are monopoly …

Faith Communities Seek to Relieve Stress on Caregivers

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

Home & Family 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 …

AARP AL Shredding Event – November 15th

Posted on 10/11/2013 by | AARP Alabama | Comments

Home & Family Reduce your chances of becoming a victim of ID theft by safely destroying your personal documents with the help of AARP Alabama at their Free Shredding Event on November 15, 2013. An industrial-sized shredder will be on-site, and individuals (no businesses, please) may shred up to three bags or boxes of personal papers. There is no fee for this community service. However, AARP will be collecting non-perishable food items to support the Montgomery Area Food Bank and its disaster relief efforts. …