It’s Flu Season – Are You Protected?

Posted on 12/7/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Have you had your flu shot yet?  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), while seasonal flu activity can begin as early as October and continue into May, flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February. The elderly and very young, along with those with chronic health conditions, may be especially vulnerable.  If you have not yet received a flu vaccine for the 2014-15 flu season, we urge you to do so. A variety of …

Holidays Offer Opportunities to Check on Elderly

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Today, more than one in four adults in America is caring for a loved one who needs help, usually a parent.  Here in Connecticut, more than 486,000 residents are providing unpaid care for a loved one.  In fact, if you aren’t already a caregiver, chances are, you will be one day.  Many times an adult child is cast suddenly into this role after an aging parent suffers a fall or a medical crisis.  But more often, a parent or loved …

Hispanic Federation, AARP Partner to Improve Health Care Access for Latinos Across Connecticut

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Connecticut and the Hispanic Federation have renewed their partnership to improve health care access for Latinos across Connecticut. During the 2013-2014 open enrollment cycle the multi-state Latino Affordable Care Act Education Campaign, a joint initiative between Hispanic Federation and AARP, reached more than 50,000 individuals, several thousand of whom call Connecticut home.  To improve upon the previous year’s success, the campaign has expanded beyond ACA to include Medicare education as well. A hallmark of this collaboration is the integration …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Connecticut

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

Health & Wellbeing An excerpt from Joanne’s story: “After my Dad died in 1993, I became the primary caregiver for my mom, Anna. And, when mom’s health declined… leading to a series of hospitalizations and rehabilitation stays, my role evolved. I was the point person coordinating Mom’s medication, hospital and health care visits – and making sure mom had homemade Italian meals every day…” Joanne is one of more than 486,000 Connecticut family caregivers who performs a great labor of love: caring for …

Caregivers Seek Help as Needs Grow

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

Health & Wellbeing By Beth Levine Within a year of becoming her mother’s caregiver and advocate, Jean Caron, of Old Saybrook, was diagnosed with a reflux disease caused by stress. The year before, her mother, Elizabeth Horn, had had a major heart attack. When her mother was released to a nursing home, Caron was given a one-page sheet of vague instructions. “I learned on the fly about how to do things, make things happen and where to turn to for resources,” she said. …

New Fitness Center in CT Offers Recreation, Exercise for Seniors and People of All Abilities

Posted on 10/10/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The following is a Guest Blog by Wes Norris, Fitness Program Manager at Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness in Bristol, CT – There is no getting around the fact that we all must get older. But there is an option available that can prevent and even reverse many of the symptoms and side effects of the aging process. Adhering to this prescription can help lower the risk of Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, colon cancer and stroke. It can also help …