Close Families are at the heart of caregiving

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

Home & Family 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 …

Keep Paratransit Services Available

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

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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

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 …

Storms Ahead: Be Prepared

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family While you can’t stop nature, you can prepare for it, and AARP Delaware is urging residents to do just that. Hurricane Sandy battered the state in 2012, causing flooding, power outages and $5.5 million in damage. Many older adults are particularly at risk during disasters because of mobility limitations or medical needs. To protect yourself before a hurricane hits, create a family communications plan, prepare an emergency kit, buy a power generator, keep copies of vital documents handy and learn …