Preparing More Nurses for State’s Patients

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A two-year $150,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will help the Alaska Nursing Action Coalition prepare about 13,000 nurses to meet the state’s health care challenges. The effort is part of a national move to provide all Americans with access to high-quality affordable care, with nurses fully contributing. The coalition aims to ensure that nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists in Alaska can practice at their highest level of expertise—and will urge policymakers to broaden the scope of …

Re-Imagine Your Life With Health Care Coverage

Re-Imagine Your Life With Health Care Coverage

Posted on 08/1/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz, vice president of the health issues team in the Education and Outreach group at AARP. Imagine being 56-years old. Diabetic and uninsured. And getting sicker every day because you can’t get the treatment you need to control your chronic illness. Unimaginable? Perhaps to you, but not to millions of Americans and their families who face this reality every day. But soon—regardless of one’s financial ability, employment status or a pre-existing illness—everyone will have access to health care …

Top Ten Things You Should Know about the Affordable Care Act

Top Ten Things You Should Know about the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 05/3/2013 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the law of our land, you may wonder, “How does this impact my life?” Here are ten things to know about the law’s protections and benefits: (1) Breathe easy. You are now protected against unfair treatment due to an illness or disability.   Health insurance companies can no longer drop your health coverage if you become sick or disabled. (2) Insurance companies cannot discriminate against you because of your health condition or gender. Health …

Should You Tell Your Boss You’re Caring for an Aging Parent?

Should You Tell Your Boss You’re Caring for an Aging Parent?

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Susan Lutz, Project Advisor for AARP’s Education and Outreach Health Team It’s happened before: A long-time employee is denied leave when her boss asserts that it is not a daughter’s responsibility to care for her ailing mother as long as her father is still alive. Could this happen to you? As our population and labor force ages, caring for an older relative will become as common as taking care of children. With the majority of older people relying on …