Holiday Visits Provide Opportunities to Check on the Well-Being of Older Relatives

Posted on 12/12/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz I remember visiting a great aunt over the holidays a few years ago and sitting across the kitchen table from her as she was taking her (many) morning medications. As we’re chatting, I noticed her going for the same prescription bottle that she just took a pill from. I asked, “Didn’t you just take that one?” She looked a little surprised and said, “Oh, well, I guess two can’t hurt.” I gently explained that taking her medications …

2 Big Issues: Health Coverage, Home Care

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing When it comes to health, two things stand out for Arkansans: having affordable insurance and being able to receive care at home instead of in a nursing home or other institutional setting. AARP Arkansas is pushing for legislation on both fronts. Arkansas has a “private option” plan that helps low-income people buy private insurance, but the program must be reauthorized yearly. Thousands of Arkansans are eligible but have not applied. Individuals with annual income up to $16,105 and couples with …

Hearting Family Caregivers Across Arkansas

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing           Hearting Family Caregivers Across Arkansas An excerpt from Shelly’s story: “It was a quick decision because I knew Mother needed me, but a hardship financially. … The next two-and-a-half years were a mix of wonderful shared experiences with her and a plethora of cooking, housekeeping, laundry, financial duties, bathing, managing medicines, monitoring blood pressure and countless trips to rehab, doctors, pharmacy, radiation, church, meetings and visits with friends and family.” Shelly is one of more …

Uninsured Have Another Chance at Coverage

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Arkansas had the second-highest rate of uninsured adults in the nation last year, but has since led all other states in dropping that rate—from 22.5 percent in 2013 to 12.4 percent in 2014, according to a Gallup survey. Even so, more than 200,000 Arkansas adults remain uninsured. To help still more people seek coverage, AARP is spreading the word that open enrollment in the health insurance marketplace begins Nov. 15. Uninsured Arkansans with income up to $46,680 for an individual …

AARP poll of AR likely voters shows overwhelming support for more funding, availability of at-home long-term care

Posted on 08/19/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing         AARP poll of AR likely voters shows overwhelming support for more funding, availability of at-home long-term care Survey shows 91% support funding shift from nursing homes to at-home care provided by caregivers & helping people live independently a powerful potential issue for candidates, especially among caregivers LITTLE ROCK—AARP Arkansas today released a poll showing that 50+ likely voters overwhelmingly support shifting additional federal long-term care funding from nursing homes to home-based care, and where candidates stand …

AARP poll of Arkansas likely voters shows “Anxiety Index”

Posted on 08/11/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Health & Wellbeing         FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 11, 2014 CONTACT: Michael Rowett, 501-217-1625, mrowett@aarp.org AARP poll of Arkansas Likely Voters Shows “Anxiety Index” Voters worry secure retirement slipping away, support candidates who address economic security  LITTLE ROCK—AARP Arkansas today released a new election year poll showing that 50+ voters in November elections worry a secure retirement could be out of reach for them. Voters also want to see candidates who focus on improving their financial security, as they believe …