Keep Paratransit Services Available

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Delaware | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Retiring to a Delaware beach town can be lovely—unless you can’t drive. In areas where bus service is erratic, many Delawareans age 65 and older have relied on the state’s paratransit service, which was designed to transport people with disabilities. The state public transit agency spends 45 percent of its budget on paratransit—compared with an 11 percent national average. Moreover, paratransit transports only 8 percent of Delaware riders, mostly in Sussex County. Earlier this year, in a move to cut …

Write your story and connections will happen

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

About AARP | Delaware | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Volunteering by Myrle Bowe, AARP Volunteer “But I can’t write,” you protest. Yes, you can—it’s like telling stories to your grandchildren. Grammar and punctuation are important here for clarity, not formal style. A memoir writing workshop is inspiration and social interaction, all beneficial to your personal well-being. Stories shared stimulate memories—laughter and fond remembrances as well as more somber times. Memoir groups extend social life and friendships outside the class itself, enriching lives in the process. “But my life hasn’t been …

America’s PrepareAthon! Campaign offers specific actions to prepare for a disaster

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

About AARP | Delaware | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources Would you be ready for an emergency?  A recent survey conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill, at their workplace, school or home in the past two years.   Knowing what to do in the event of a disaster or emergency is the message of the America’s PrepareAthon!, a nationwide grassroots campaign for action to increase community preparedness and resilience through …

Action Needed to Protect Pedestrians

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Delaware | Home & Family Heavy traffic and high speeds make pedestrian travel risky business—and road design is largely to blame, according to “Dangerous by Design 2014,” a report from Smart Growth America’s National Complete Streets Coalition. In Delaware, 194 pedestrians were killed from 2003 to 2012. People age 65-plus make up 13.7 percent of the state’s population, but accounted for 16.2 percent of its pedestrian fatalities from 2003 to 2010. Gov. Jack Markell (D) issued a “complete streets” policy in 2009 to make Delaware …

Set your Financial Course!

Posted on 08/13/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

About AARP | Delaware | Events | Money & Work Do you want a secure retirement? Are you ready to achieve financial resilience as you venture into your next chapter of life? Then you might want to enjoy an AARP Financial Freedom workshop! AARP envisions an America where individuals have financial resilience. That means they have financial resources and opportunities to match their longer lifespan. Financial Freedom is designed to empower individuals and help people think about and actually develop short-term financial solutions to achieve long-term savings. Workshops conducted by …

Be an AARP Executive Council volunteer!

Posted on 07/3/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

About AARP | Delaware | Volunteering Do you enjoy working for a cause? Do you want to team up with other leaders to enhance the quality of life of Delawareans as they age? Then you might want to join AARP Delaware’s Executive Council. The Executive Council member is part of a team of leadership volunteers, who under the guidance of the State President and State Director carry out AARP’s strategic priorities in Delaware. You will have the opportunity to provide guidance and assistance to state office …