Helping Caregivers Manage Medical Tasks at Home

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

Advocacy | Alaska | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family AARP Alaska is pressing for legislation that could help an estimated 128,000 unpaid family caregivers in the state, many of whom perform medical tasks for aging parents or other loved ones at home. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act aims to reduce hospital readmissions by helping caregivers gain confidence in handling such tasks as managing medications or dressing wounds. The proposed legislation would allow every hospital patient an opportunity to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would be required …

Open Enrollment Starts Saturday for State’s Health Insurance Marketplace

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

Local Resources 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 …

Documentary Shows Challenges of Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Alaska | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family In observance of National Caregivers Month, AARP Alaska, Volunteers of America Alaska (VOAAK) and the Alzheimer’s Resource of Alaska are cohosting an advance screening of the award-winning documentary, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. The film—which draws attention to the challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers—will be shown at the Bear Tooth Theatre in Anchorage on Nov. 10 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, Campbell and his wife, Kim, went public …

Silver Alert System Goes Live; Protects Missing Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

Posted on 10/30/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Advocacy | Alaska Press release from Sen. Johnny Ellis’s office October 30, 2014 Rep. Gruenberg’s And Sen. Ellis’s Legislation Creates Rapid Response for Alaska Seniors ANCHORAGE – Today, the long-awaited Silver Alert rapid response and notification system went live at silveralert.alaska.gov. The network’s protections are especially important to senior citizens with dementia, adults with developmental disabilities, veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and other disabled adults. “In the same way Amber Alert helps find missing children, Silver Alert will save lives by coordinating …

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Posted on 10/24/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Alaska | Health & Wellbeing   By Julie E. Lee   Although the winter months bring joyful holidays with family and friends, they can also bring unpredictable weather and dangerous driving conditions. Snow, black ice, fog and early nightfall are just a few of the driving challenges you may have to contend with this season.   But what’s your first line of defense and the easiest way to ensure a safe winter on the roads? Winterizing your car! Thankfully, winterizing most vehicles is simple, and …

Candidates Address Key Issues Affecting Alaskans 50+

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Alaska | Events AARP Alaska is engaged in several activities this month to help voters make informed decisions at the polls. AARP is cosponsoring two televised debates on KTUU Channel 2. Tune in on Sunday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. to hear gubernatorial candidates and on Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 7 p.m. for U.S. Senate candidates. In each hour-long program, candidates will address issues of concern to Alaskans age 50-plus. AARP also will cosponsor KTUU’s election night coverage on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from …