Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

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

California | 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 …

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

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

California | Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Even though 2013 has come and gone, you can still get a tax break when you file your income tax return. How? By contributing to a Traditional IRA. If you’re self-employed, the same applies to your SEP-IRA or Keogh plan. If you need help filing your taxes, you may qualify for free assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. Read on to learn how. Tax Breaks on IRA Contributions The …

Nurses Seeking Larger Role in Primary Care

Nurses Seeking Larger Role in Primary Care

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | California | Health & Wellbeing By Rita Beamish Gratitude is the primary response that nurse practitioners such as Susanne Phillips hear from their patients. The amount of time that nurses spend on patients’ ailments, lifestyle factors and prevention strategies—even making the occasional home visit—can be a refreshing change from the typical revolving-door, perfunctory appointment with a doctor. “And the second thing [you hear] is, ‘You listen,’ ” said Phillips, an associate clinical professor at the University of California, Irvine, who leads the Family Nurse Practitioner Concentration. …

Punto de Inflexión: La Historia de una Persona Cuidando de un Ser Querido

Posted on 03/28/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

California | Español | Home & Family Post por invitada Blanca Castro, Gerente de Abogacía de AARP California In English | Todos tenemos un punto de inflexión en nuestras vidas. El mío vino cuando tenía 15 años, cuando fui testigo del colapso de mi madre durante un derrame cerebral masivo. Ella tenía tan solo 39 años de edad y el ataque la dejó permanentemente paralizada de su lado izquierdo. Ese día, casi hace 40 años, pasé de ser una típica adolescente en una familia de seis niños …

Blanca Castro, AARP California Manager of Advocacy

The Turning Point: A Caregiver’s Story

Posted on 03/28/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

Advocacy | California | Home & Family Guest post by Blanca Castro, AARP California Manager of Advocacy En Español | We all have a turning point in our lives. Mine came when I was 15 years old, as I witnessed my mother collapse during a massive stroke. She was just 39 years old and the stroke left her permanently paralyzed on her left side. On that day almost 40 years ago, I went from a typical teenager in a family with six children to one of several …

Debbie Dalton, AARP California

Entrepreneurship: Risky Business or Fulfilling Encore?

Posted on 03/26/2014 by | AARP California | Comments

California | Events | Money & Work Guest post by Debbie Dalton, AARP California Associate State Director of Outreach When you were young, did you have a lemonade stand, a paper route, a babysitting gig, or yard care business? I did. When I look back at those early jobs, I realize I was experiencing my first taste of entrepreneurship. I was making many of my own decisions, managing my money, and marketing my work. After working all these years for someone else, I get the craving sometimes …