Scorecard gives Arkansas low marks overall for serving older, disabled residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2014 CONTACT: Michael Rowett, 501-217-1625, mrowett@aarp.org Scorecard gives Arkansas low marks overall for serving older, disabled residents State could potentially save at least $77 million a year by focusing resources more on services that enable Arkansans to stay in their homes & communities and less on expensive nursing home care LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Arkansas  ranks 40th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, and AARP warns that much more must …

AARP AR lead volunteer advocate touts Private Option success

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Arkansas Lead Volunteer for Advocacy Charlie Wagener in comments during a June 13, 2014,  public hearing noted how Arkansas’ Private Option for affordable health care is helping hard-working Arkansans. The public hearing was hosted by the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) to receive comments on the Private Option, which became law during the 2013 legislative session with strong bipartisan legislative support. The Private Option during this year’s legislative session was renewed through June 30, 2015. Passage of an annual appropriation …

Nutrition education volunteers needed in Arkansas

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

Health & Wellbeing Fighting and ultimately ending hunger is a critical issue nationwide but particularly in Arkansas. That’s because almost 1 in 10 older Arkansans are at risk of hunger– which makes Arkansas the 5th hungriest state in the nation. AARP Arkansas is recruiting volunteers with a passion and interest in nutrition education. Volunteers would help raise awareness in their communities and potentially other parts of the state about resources available to fight hunger and best practices in nutrition.   AARP Foundation, AARP’s affiliated charity, has a long history …

Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP visits 3 Arkansas cities for free health tests

Posted on 05/9/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2014 Contact: Michael Rowett, 501-217-1625, mrowett@aarp.org  Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP visits Hot Springs, Malvern & Pine Bluff for free health tests Bundle of health tests valued at more than $100; free, 1-year AARP membership also included  LITTLE ROCK— The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP will stop in Hot Springs, Pine Bluff and Malvern next week  as part of a national mobile health screening tour …

Free Workshops for Family Caregivers

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

Health & Wellbeing AARP Arkansas wants family caregivers to know about resources that can help them deal with the demands and stress of that unpaid job. The Schmieding Center, a nonprofit organization, offers two workshops at no charge to families. One focuses on physical aspects (such as infection control, skin care, incontinence, nutrition, mobility and safety), while the other deals with dementia (communication techniques, understanding behaviors, activities, and maintaining respect, dignity and quality of life). About 478,000 family caregivers in Arkansas provided $4.5 …

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …