New Scorecard Reveals Delaware Rankings for Long Term Care

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Caring for Those Who Care for Others

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

Health & Wellbeing Let’s not forget to care for those who care for others.  Every day, unpaid family caregivers and paid professionals care for thousands of older Delawareans, many of whom suffer from a disability and have limited mobility. Without their caregivers, they may otherwise be isolated from the support and services they need. Caregivers often neglect their own health, jobs and safety to provide essential support that allows those in need to remain in their own homes and live independently in their …

Save money and energy this summer

Posted on 05/6/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Health & Wellbeing If you want to keep keep cool and lower your utility bills this summer, you might want to consider these top 10 money-saving tips: Check air filter regularly to improve system efficiency and check air conditioner for coolant leaks. Set thermostat at 78 degrees and shut windows and doors when air conditioner is running. Keep lamps, televisions or other heat sources away from air conditioner. Do not block ducts or fans with furniture or other obstacles. Close window coverings to keep rooms cooler. Turn …

Share Your Caregiving Story

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Are you one of the more than 138,000 Delawareans who help ailing and aging loved ones with their daily tasks? If so, AARP Delaware wants to hear your story. The state office is soliciting stories that can be used as case studies to help legislators and reporters understand the human challenges of the unpaid job. Some of the stories may be used in news stories or opinion pieces. Delaware caregivers provided about 132 million hours of care in 2009, valued …