Action Needed to Protect Pedestrians

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

Advocacy 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 …

New Scorecard Reveals Delaware Rankings for Long Term Care

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

Advocacy Delaware ranks 29th when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP cautions more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve an individual’s choice of setting where they receive long term care. Delaware ranked toward the bottom in this area. Delaware also ranks in the bottom for Medicaid spending for community care. Despite increased Medicaid support for in-home care, Delaware still ranks 48th among all states. These findings are from a new, comprehensive …

Report finds pedestrians disproportionately killed and injured due to poor street design

Posted on 06/10/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Advocacy In Delaware, from 2003 – 2012, 194 people were killed while walking. A new report, Dangerous by Design, Delaware 2014 ranks Delaware by major city and counties according to a Pedestrian Danger Index that assesses how safe pedestrians are while walking. In addition, the report presents data on pedestrian fatalities and injuries in every U.S. metro area. The report found that the majority of those deaths likely could have been prevented with better street design.  Adults 65 and over make up …

Getting around in Delaware could get even harder

Posted on 05/30/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Advocacy In the City of Wilmington, bus service is fairly accessible to most. In Kent and Sussex Counties, using buses as a means of getting to doctor’s appointments or to shop for food requires careful planning days in advance. If you don’t drive, you don’t get around Delaware very well. Considering that the 50+ population in the state is growing rapidly, transportation for those who may not be able to drive or may have limited driving ability is a problem that …

AARP Delaware Volunteer and Staff Press Congress on Vital Issues During Older Americans Month

Posted on 05/22/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Advocacy On May 21, in the midst of Older Americans Month, AARP Delaware ‘s State Director and top volunteer visited Capitol Hill to urge Rep. Carney and Sens. Coons and Carper to back bills, including the Older Americans Act, that can help Americans live their best lives.       “This Congress has an opportunity to pass bipartisan legislation that benefits older Americans including the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the landmark 1965 law that helps provide essential services to millions of our most vulnerable seniors,” …

More Than 18,600 Delawareans Signed Up for Health Care Coverage

Posted on 05/9/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Advocacy More than 18,600 Delawareans signed up for health care coverage by April 15, the final deadline of the 2014 enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace. The total of 18,614 enrollees includes 14,397 individuals who selected a marketplace plan through HealthCare.gov or directly through an insurer and 4,217 others who enrolled as newly eligible clients under the state’s expanded Medicaid program. Continuing the surge seen in the days before the initial March 31 deadline, 3,062 individuals signed up for marketplace …