AARP Phoenix Hosts Brain Health Event

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Phoenix recently hosted a Brain Health seminar in Mesa, Arizona, where a panel of guest experts talked about the importance of keeping your brain healthy as you age. Among the guest speakers was Dr. Matt Huentelman, an Associate Professor in the Neurogenomics Division at the non-profit Translational Genomics Research Institute (“TGen”). Watch Dr. Huentelman talk about the important things people can do to keep their brain healthy here. In addition to Dr. Huentelman, the seminar featured panel expert Dr. …

Prescott Area Volunteers Help Sort Food for Needy Yavapai County Families

Posted on 05/19/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Volunteers from Prescott and Prescott Valley recently turned out to help sort food at the Yavapai County Food Bank as part of the Stamp out Hunger food drive. Volunteers separated items that were collected by U.S. Postal Service carriers during the Stamp out Hunger effort, which was held on May 12 in which letter carriers picked up bags of donated food left at mail boxes and delivered them to local food banks and pantries. “It’s hard to believe that …

Community Educators Adding Dangers of Fraud

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Arizona’s popular Community Educators Program has added the dangers of fraud as one of its topics for this year. Established in 2011, the program uses trained volunteers to make presentations on issues such as Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. The program has grown significantly since the first presentation. More than 10,000 people attended the free sessions last year, said David Parra, AARP Arizona director of community outreach. He expects to add 10 bilingual volunteer presenters to …

Expanding Resources to Care for Caregivers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Ford Burkhart En español Now she knows. Bonnie Danowski has mastered the danger signs. During her four decades of caring for her husband, Jim, as he became more debilitated by multiple sclerosis, she had moments when, unknowingly, she slid downhill along with him. “I stopped work, as most caregivers do. I went from full time to part time to no time,” said Danowski, 71, of Phoenix. Her “strange feelings” included anger and guilt. Until Jim’s death last year, Danowski …

Arizonans Saved Over $170 Million on Prescription Drugs in 2013 Under the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Arizonans on Medicare saved over $170 million on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act – or an average discount per beneficiary of $830. Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act and its provision closing the “donut hole,” the gap in Medicare Part D …

New Year, New Goals, Life Reimagined

Posted on 12/22/2013 by | AARP MT Region | Comments

Health & Wellbeing I know that for so many of us this time of the year is synonymous with business-as-not-usual. For a variety of reasons, whether it be the holidays, or the family time, or the craziness of shopping and gift giving, this “most wonderful time of year” is different from any other. For many people it is a time to take in the big picture of life, see where we’ve come, and figure out where we’re going. Or better yet, where we …