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 …

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 …

Home Projects, Savings that Cut Utility Costs for the New Year

Posted on 01/4/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Amy Levner, Manager, Housing and Mobility Options, AARP Education & Outreach Have high energy costs gotten you down?  You could blame the price of electricity or heating fuel, but high energy bills are more commonly due to inefficient systems or components in your home, such as leaky windows, loose duct installation, or faulty heating or cooling equipment. You don’t have to choose between your wallet and your comfort. Below are easy tips for reducing your energy costs and saving …

When Is It Time to Hang Up the Keys?

Posted on 12/1/2012 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family Here’s a little secret about talking with an older parent about a possible end to driving: Try some small talk. Start with, perhaps, the hazards of driving in inclement weather. Then work up to what happens when eyes age and reflexes slow. Read More: AARP Bulletin