AARP Local Discounts in Connecticut Help Save on Fun, Family-Friendly Activities

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing When you think of AARP in Connecticut, do you think of gourmet cooking classes, exotic animals, star-gazing or live theater?  Well, you should! At AARP, we’re all about helping you live better and achieve your real possibilities.  One of the ways we do that is by negotiating great discounts on local non-profit entertainment and attractions, right here in Connecticut.  Discounts that can help you connect with people and places in your community or across the state, such as: 10% off …

New Scorecard Ranks Connecticut on Support for Seniors, Caregivers

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

Health & Wellbeing When it comes to support for seniors and caregivers, it matters where you live.  According to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP  and the nation’s leading organizations behind long-term care, Connecticut ranks 12th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities.  While that number may seem pretty good, we know that more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve specific areas, including more support and training for family …

CT Governor Signs “Observation Status” Law

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing – Guest Blog by Frances Trelease – Good news for seniors requiring hospital stays: Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy signed into law an “observation status” bill, HB 5535, that requires hospitals to tell patients whether their stay is classified as “observation status” or as traditional inpatient.  This distinction is important.  The legislation, which takes effect October 1, 2014 and is supported by AARP-CT, empowers patients by making them aware of those hospital health care costs that will be passed on to them, …

Walk Your Way to Better Health

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing – Guest Blog by AARP Volunteer Peter Eder – With warmer temperatures comes an increased desire to get out and enjoy all that Summer in New England has to offer. Walking is not only the earliest form of transportation; it is also the oldest form of exercise. Today, seventy-seven million Americans regularly walk, whether as a form of exercise, to boost brain health, lose weight or simply as a healthy way to relieve stress and enjoy the great outdoors. Walking regularly …

AARP 2014 Legislative Wins in Connecticut

Posted on 06/3/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Despite a “short” legislative session in Connecticut this year, AARP fought successfully for the passage of a number of bills that will benefit older state residents by helping to save consumers money on their electric bills, expand access to high-quality health care, help older workers and the long-term unemployed get back to work, and promote personal retirement savings.  We’re pleased that the final budget for SFY 2014-2015 included additional funding to double the number of people receiving services under the CT Home Care Program for People …

A Boost for Leaving Nursing Homes

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Natalie Missakian Julie Cardona has nothing but praise for the care she received at Aurora Senior Living of Cromwell, the nursing home where she lived for more than a year while recovering from damaged lungs. But despite the great nurses and staff, she chafed at the regimentation of the home’s schedule. She couldn’t leave without a family member signing her out.  And Cardona couldn’t play her accordion at the times she wanted—a huge sacrifice for the lifelong musician. “I …