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 …

New Scorecard Reveals Delaware Rankings for Long Term Care

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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,” …

Enjoy time with your grandkids…and save money!

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

Home & Family AARP and Delaware Children’s Museum have collaborated to offer $10 admission when you show your AARP membership card upon entry to the Museum. That’s a $2 savings, which can really add up over time. What better way to celebrate the summer with your grandchildren than by taking them to the Children’s Museum to enjoy their changing and permanent exhibits right on Wilmington’s Riverfront. See what’s happening now at the Delaware Children’s Museum. School will be out for summer soon, and your grandkids will …