Arizona Hosts Annual Legislative Breakfast

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy Volunteers and staff with AARP Arizona hosted state lawmakers during an annual Legislative Breakfast event on the Senate lawn of the State Capitol Jan. 15. During the breakfast, volunteers shared AARP’s top state advocacy priorities for the 2015 session. Among them is building support for the establishment of consumer protections for in-home family caregivers that include setting frameworks for adequate training, background checks and supervisory caregiver contact information. Building legislative support to allow for nurses to delegate certain medical tasks …

Arizona AARP Sets Advocacy Priorities for 2015

Posted on 01/14/2015 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy Arizona AARP has defined its state Advocacy Priorities for 2015.  AARP volunteers will be actively engaged in efforts to support these issues during this legislative session which began on Jan. 12. 2015 Arizona Advocacy Priorities Protecting Retirement Income – A secure retirement is composed of four pillars: Social Security, pensions and savings, earnings and health insurance. AARP will strongly support public and private pension plans keeping the promises made to workers and retirees invested in the plans to ensure future …

Spousal Caregiving: An Act of Love

Posted on 01/5/2015 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Advocacy Arizona is home to nearly 855,000 family caregivers who provide a great labor of love to ill and aging loved ones. At $11.50 an hour, AARP estimates their in-home caregiving in Arizona is worth more than $9 billion a year. According to a recent study by the AARP Public Policy Institute in conjunction with the United Hospital Fund, the average family caregiver is a 49-year old woman who provides about 20 hours of care per week while juggling other responsibilities, …

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 …