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 …

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 …