— You’re invited to AARP’s Capitol Report, providing you with an up-to-the-minute report on the 2017 North Dakota Legislature. Hear more about AARP’s work to support family caregivers.  In addition, we’re ensuring that current retirement programs are preserved, working toward property tax relief, protecting vulnerable adults, and supporting more options allowing people to live safely in their own homes as they age. Learn more about what is happening in the North Dakota Legislature and how you can get involved. There is …

—   Philadelphia resident Joanne Grossi has recently been appointed as AARP Pennsylvania’s State President. In her new role, Grossi will help shape AARP’s strategic priorities, build community partnerships with key decision makers and serve as AARP’s principal volunteer spokesperson in Pennsylvania. Grossi brings more than 30 years’ experience in public health, public policy and legislative affairs to her new position. Most recently, she served as a Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where she worked with federal, …

— AARP Oregon is in your community. Our organization is more than just discounts and lobbying for older Americans. But, we realize that not everyone knows what we’re working on across the state, Eugene and Springfield. To allow the community a chance to get to know us better, AARP is coordinating a “community blitz,” in Eugene/Springfield on March 1-3, 2017. Events include a coffee and donuts session where we’ll talk about proposed changes to Medicare and how AARP is working to …

— Dick Weinman is an AARP volunteer blogger and an assisted living guru. ”We will introduce a new administrator to you, once she or he is chosen,” or words to that effect, spoken to the residents of my ALF by the Big Boss. The Administrator of the dwelling in which I dwell is to retire soon. Several candidates are competing for the honorificabilititudinitatibus (indeed there is such a word, but rarely used  most notably by  Shakespeare and my editor.)  One of …

— Greetings one and all… Every month when writing the posting for the Caregiver’s Cairn, I am always amazed that another month has come and gone. Today is no different. In fact, the first month of 2017 seemed particularly fast paced. That is not totally unexpected. January is the month when I get my “ducks in row” professionally. Submit proposals. Schedule educational events. Finalize contracts. However, the pace seemed particularly swift (and stressful) this year due to unexpected and disturbing events. …

— Join AARP in Atlanta and connect with other family caregivers around your table in an engaging, interactive conversation about family caregiving. A group facilitator will help guide your conversations around such topics as how to build a support network, tips to care for yourself and where to find local resources. Plus you’ll enjoy complimentary food and drinks. Seats are limited—so reserve your spot today!   FRIDAY February 24, 2017 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Holiday Inn Northlake Lavista Room 2158 Ranchwood Drive NE Atlanta, GA …

— Making Your Mess Your Message Featuring Dan Gasby with Sherri Snelling February 27, 2017 Special Evening Time 6 p.m. CT Register for our webinar and you could win a copy of the inspiring book “Before I Forget:  Love, Hope, Help & Acceptance in our Fight against Alzheimer’s” by B. Smith and Dan Gasby.* The reality of becoming a family caregiver seen through the eye’s of B. Smith’s husband Lifestyle guru B. Smith and Dan Gasby had it all. They were partners …

— In South Dakota, taking care of those we love comes naturally. More than 84,000 South Dakotans are currently serving as family caregivers to their loved ones and studies show that if you aren’t a caregiver now you will either be one or need one someday. This silent army is taking on tasks like bathing and dressing, managing finances and transportation and even performing complicated medical tasks all so their loved ones can remain in their homes and communities – where they want to …

— A family caregiver may be a parent caring for a child with serious medical issues, or a young adult taking care of a grandparent with a heart condition. A caregiver may be a sister caring for a brother with schizophrenia, or a husband supporting and caring for a wife with dementia. Often, caregiving involves a combination of roles – everything from a simple trip to the grocery store or a medical appointment – to 24/7 care involving medication administration or …

— AARP Connecticut, on behalf of nearly 614,000 Connecticut members age 50+, is concerned about the impact of the Malloy Administration budget proposal on vulnerable seniors. People want to age in their homes – in a community of their choice.  In addition to being what people want, it is fiscally prudent.  A report by Health Management Associates shows that delivering home care is three times more cost-effective than taxpayer funded, institutional care, and that 88 percent of seniors prefer to age …