Close Families are at the heart of caregiving

Posted on 12/23/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Health & Wellbeing When Stormy, age 8, was in kindergarten, her teachers started sending her home from school frequently for vomiting and losing her balance. After a couple doctor visits, the family was told to wait and see what happens. When her situation didn’t improve, her great-grandparents took the lead and arranged for a doctor visit at a local Children’s Hospital. Soon afterwards, Stormy was diagnosed with an amelablastoma, or brain tumor. She’d had it for 6 months. Stormy’s father had passed away …

Life Reimagined Unveils New Digital Platform Offering Personalized Guidance Throughout New Life Stages

Posted on 12/9/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Life Reimagined has launched a fully redesigned digital platform, delivering a one-of-a-kind online experience aimed at guiding people through life transitions and helping them discover new possibilities. The platform now offers a suite of engaging programs and stimulating, proprietary content developed by the Life Reimagined Institute’s team of world-renowned experts and thought leaders.  People are living longer and as a result, a need to reevaluate a new life stage has arisen. Americans are facing the reality that, as life expectancy increases …

Dec. 15 is Deadline to Sign up for Coverage Effective Jan. 1

Posted on 12/2/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Dec. 15 is the last day to sign up for health insurance coverage that begins Jan. 1 through Delaware’s Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage ends Dec. 31 for all 2014 marketplace plans, regardless of when Delawareans enrolled. If individuals or families bought a health insurance plan this year, you can renew your current plan or enroll in a different plan for 2015. Open enrollment continues through Feb. 15. While insurance companies will automatically renew many consumers’ coverage, everyone who bought a …

Keep Paratransit Services Available

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …