AARP to Push for Paid Family Medical Leave in Connecticut

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Home & Family Did you know that Connecticut has had a family and medical leave act in place since 1990,three years before Congress passed the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?  These laws allow workers to take leave from work when they have a serious illness, or need to take care of an ill family member, an injured service member, or a new child. With only 16% of employers providing paid leave, usage of the law remains low, as most workers cannot afford …

Holidays Offer Opportunities to Check on Elderly

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

Home & Family 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 …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Connecticut

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 Energize CT Video Series Aims to Help Consumers Save Energy, Money

Posted on 10/22/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Home & Family Energize Connecticut recently launched a new video series on its website, EnergizeCT.com, to help Connecticut residents understand the value of energy efficiency and make smart energy choices.  According to Energize Connecticut, the overall goal of the series is to help residents get the most efficient energy performance out of their home or small business so that they can start saving money on their monthly energy bills. Energize Connecticut is an initiative of the Energy Efficiency Fund, The Clean Energy Finance …

How I Reimagined My Life – A 6-Part Series About Discovering Your Possibilities

Posted on 10/3/2014 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Home & Family  – The following is a Guest Blog by writer Kim Sirois Pita. It is the first of six articles on the topic of Life Reimagined. A new article in the series will be published every two weeks. – Do you ever wonder what’s next in your life? Regardless of age, we seem to ask ourselves this question at various life stages. Sometimes we take action, and sometimes, well, we embrace status quo because it’s just easier. Figuring out what is …