A Majority of Americans Haven’t Practiced Emergency Preparedness

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP Arizona | Comments

Home & Family America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign offers specific actions to prepare for a disaster by John Reinhart A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years. Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency is the message of the America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide grassroots campaign for …

Prescott Area Volunteers Help Sort Food for Needy Yavapai County Families

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

Home & Family 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 …

Expanding Resources to Care for Caregivers

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

Home & Family 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 …

Making Phoenix Streets Safer for All

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family The Phoenix City Council will vote in December on a “complete streets” policy that would encourage walking, bicycling and transit use while promoting safe operations for all users. New roads and reconstruction would feature bike lanes, benches for bus riders, street lamps, curb cuts for wheelchairs and strollers, and other amenities. The city Street Transportation Department proposed the ordinance and is seeking public comment. AARP Arizona supports the proposal. To read the plan, go to phoenix.gov/streets. To submit comments, email …

Reimagine Your Life

Posted on 06/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP Arizona is helping people find new opportunities and directions for their lives. Life Reimagined offers online links to information about changing careers, starting a business, volunteering, finding new learning opportunities, getting healthy or zeroing in on “what’s next?” The website LifeReimagined.org features an interactive questionnaire that taps into people’s passions, interests and skills, and suggests careers and activities of potential interest. AARP Arizona also is sponsoring free Life Reimagined groups, where trained guides lead discussions to help participants reflect …

Should You Tell Your Boss You’re Caring for an Aging Parent?

Posted on 05/1/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Susan Lutz, Project Advisor for AARP’s Education and Outreach Health Team It’s happened before: A long-time employee is denied leave when her boss asserts that it is not a daughter’s responsibility to care for her ailing mother as long as her father is still alive. Could this happen to you? As our population and labor force ages, caring for an older relative will become as common as taking care of children. With the majority of older people relying on …