Older Adults Can Play Role as Kids Get Back to School

Posted on 08/18/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Home & Family By Lester Strong ♦ In late April, America’s Promise Alliance announced that for the first time in our nation’s history we achieved an 80 percent graduation rate. Hundreds of nonprofit and government partners celebrated that achievement. It was only eight years ago that we graduated fewer than 74 percent and our graduation rate was categorized as “C”. We have now progressed to “B” but it will take more than the schools, teachers and administrators alone to continue this forward momentum. …

Alaska’s Best Kept Secret in Elder Care

Posted on 08/7/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Home & Family by Ken Helander ♦ Alaska has one of the fastest growing senior populations in the country. At AARP Alaska, we are striving to make it easier for older people to live with independence and remain in their homes and communities for as long as they can, surrounded by family and friends. We are doing this by supporting the estimated 128,000 Alaskan families who provide unpaid care to their loved ones with resources and tools; and by advocating for better quality, …

Caregiving by committee

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Home & Family By Ken Helander As Alaskans, we live up close and personal with our unique neighbors, the moose. They are huge animals and look rather awkward, even though they can move effortlessly through dense woods and deep snow. Nevertheless, they are a comical assemblage of body parts that don’t all seem to go together. The running joke is that a moose is a horse designed by a committee. This helps to illustrate something that can happen to families who become responsible …

Are you a veteran? Share your story

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Alaska | Comments

Home & Family Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 seeking to preserve and share the human experience from military service. The Veterans History Project is the largest oral-history collection in the United States. Originally funded by the U.S. Congress, AARP is the founding corporate sponsor of the Veterans History Project. The Project has collected more than 68,000 entries now archived in the Library of Congress. VHP is primarily an oral history program that collects and preserves the firsthand interviews of …

Back to Basics: Roadway Fundamentals Refresher

Posted on 06/2/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee When’s the last time you refreshed your knowledge of the rules of the road? If you’re like most older Americans, it’s probably been decades since you took a driver’s education course and got your first driver’s license. But even the most experienced drivers can benefit from a tune-up.   That’s what new research by AARP and the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, found. Using a driving simulator, the study aimed to uncover areas where …

Do It Yourself Car Maintenance Tips

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President & National Director, AARP Driver Safety, Education and Outreach With the average age of cars on the road approaching 11 years, routine maintenance is more important than ever. In addition to fuel and insurance, vehicle maintenance is one of the most expensive out-of-pocket costs for car owners, which is why some drivers opt for DIY—“do-it-yourself”—maintenance. You may not be an auto expert or repair professional, but some routine tasks, such as replacing worn windshield …