January 15 AARP Live to focus on family caregivers

Posted on 01/9/2015 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Home & Family             Every day, more than 42 million family caregivers in America–among them 698,000 in Arkansas– make it possible for a parent, spouse or other loved one to live independently. Many of those caregivers juggle responsibilities, including working and caring for their own family. In fact, 42 percent of U.S. workers have been caregivers for aging loved ones in the last five years. What’s more, research shows juggling responsibilities can be highly stressful, putting caregivers at risk for depression, …

2 Big Issues: Health Coverage, Home Care

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

Home & Family 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 …

Watch AARP Live Thursday, Nov. 20 & talk tech!

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Home & Family             We’re living in a digital world. According to a 2013 Google/Ipsos poll, 78% of baby boomers are online,  52% of seniors are online and it’s growing every day.  These age groups spend more time each week on the Internet (about 19 hours) than they devote to television, radio and magazines or newspapers.   Yet, millions of people over the age of 50 are not online. Research also shows once older Americans get online they find that digital …

Hearting Family Caregivers Across Arkansas

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

Home & Family           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 …

Join AARP & partners at Oct. 20/21 Arkansans Fighting Fraud events in Ft Smith/Bentonville

Posted on 10/15/2014 by | AARP Arkansas | Comments

Home & Family  Join AARP Arkansas and  five artner organizations next week at one of two upcoming Arkansans Fighting Fraud events and get tips and information you need to protect yourself and your family from con artists, identity theft and other scams. The first Arkansans Fighting Fraud forum is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 20 in Fort Smith, followed by the Bentonville event on Tuesday, Oct. 21. Both forums are scheduled from noon to 2 p.m., with registration check-in at 11:30 a.m. Attendance at Arkansans Fighting Fraud forums is limited and …

AARP poll of Arkansas likely voters shows “Anxiety Index”

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

Home & Family         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 …