AARP Hosts Family Caregivers Forum on November 19

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy Arizona is home to over 855,000 caregivers who assist their ill and aging loved ones with daily tasks such as eating, bathing, and dressing. By performing these necessary tasks, caregivers help ensure that their loved ones stay at home—where they belong—while saving Arizona’s Medicaid system an estimated $9 million in long-term care facility charges annually. On Wednesday, November 19th AARP Arizona will host a Family Caregivers Forum. The forum is free and open to public. Lunch is provided with registration. …

AARP Hosts November 18 Family Caregivers Forum

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy Arizona is home to over 855,000 unpaid family caregivers. Every day these caregivers help loved ones perform basic tasks such as dressing, eating, bathing, and taking medications. On Tuesday, November 18th, AARP Arizona will host a Family Caregivers Forum. The forum is free and open to public. Lunch is provided with registration. The event will feature keynote speaker, Amy Goyer, AARP’s national spokesperson on caregiving issues as well as a panel of experts who will provide resource information and an …

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 …