Caregiver Concerns Top AARP Advocacy Agenda

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

Advocacy By Miriam Davidson Nine months after her husband received a pacemaker, Ginny Correa Creager was horrified one day in 2012 to see wires protruding from an oozing wound in his chest. After Scott Creager, now 86, had emergency surgery to install another pacemaker, Ginny, then 71, of Litchfield Park, was given a box of medical supplies and told it was her job to keep the cavity that was left by the first device from getting infected. “They wanted to tell …

Las necesidades de los cuidadores son la principal prioridad en la agenda de activismo de AARP

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

Advocacy Por Miriam Davidson Nueve meses después de que a su marido le colocaran un marcapasos, Ginny Correa Creager se horrorizó al ver, un día del año 2012, cables que salían de una herida sangrante en su pecho. Luego de que Scott Creager, ahora de 86 años, fuera sometido a una cirugía de urgencia para colocarle otro marcapasos, Ginny, de Litchfield Park, y que entonces tenía 71, recibió una caja con suministros médicos y la indicación de que debía evitar que la …

Family Caregivers’ Silent Battles with Uncooperative Loved Ones

Posted on 11/3/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy By: Ralph Yaniz, AARP Arizona Interim State Director There are silent battles happening every day in the homes of Arizona’s ill and aging residents. Family caregivers have stepped up to ensure their loved ones avoid moving to a nursing home and continue to live at home as they age. Family caregivers are today’s unsung heroes. They come from every walk of life, and they’re not easy to spot in the everyday bustle of our state. Family caregiving is often a …

En primer plano los temas de la vejez

Posted on 10/3/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Los votantes de 50 años o más tienen mucho en juego respecto a una amplia gama de temas en las elecciones del 4 de noviembre, y su gran número podría determinar quién sería el próximo gobernador de Arizona. AARP Arizona le insiste a los candidatos en que deben abordar los temas que son importantes para los residentes mayores: cómo ayudar a los cuidadores familiares, cómo mantener estables y económicas las tarifas de los servicios públicos y cómo proteger el servicio …

Most Pedestrian Deaths Are Preventable, Report Says

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Pedestrian deaths on Phoenix streets are disproportionately high among older adults, and safer road design could make a difference, according to a report from Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition. The Phoenix metro area ranks ninth nationally in the number of preventable pedestrian deaths. AARP Arizona supports complete streets policies, which call for including bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks in street design. Designing for safety could prevent most pedestrian fatalities, the report said. People age 65 and older make …

Today’s Silent Hero: The Family Caregiver

Posted on 07/22/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy By: Carl Erickson, AARP Arizona State President Real heroes don’t wear tights and capes. Today’s heroes come from all walks of life: businessmen, nurses, lawyers, wait-staff, and house-keepers. The reality is that anyone can become a family caregiver to an ill and aging relative and it’s more common than you think. Arizona is home to about 800,000 unpaid family caregivers who help family members with daily activities such as eating, taking medications, bathing and dressing. Many of these providers also …