New Scorecard Reveals Delaware Rankings for Long Term Care

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

About AARP | Advocacy | Delaware | Health & Wellbeing | 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

About AARP | Advocacy | Delaware | Home & Family | Press 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 …

Keeping Residents Out of Poverty

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Delaware | Money & Work Social Security keeps more than a third of Delawareans age 65 and older out of poverty. According to a report from the AARP Public Policy Institute, 47,000 state residents in that age group would be living below the poverty line without their earned benefits. About 20 percent rely on Social Security for 90 percent of their household income. “Every day, Delawareans make difficult choices between paying utility bills, filling prescriptions and buying food,” said Jeanne Nutter, AARP state president. “Social …

Getting around in Delaware could get even harder

Posted on 05/30/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Delaware | 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 …

Top Volunteer Honored, In Memoriam

Posted on 05/28/2014 by | AARP Delaware | Comments

About AARP | Delaware At Delaware’s Driver Safety annual meeting on May 21, 2014 a very special memorial was given to the state’s former State Coordinator, Perry Martinson. Perry was in his sixth year as Driver Safety State Coordinator for Delaware when he suddenly passed away. Prior to his leadership role with Driver Safety, Perry was President of Delaware’s Dover chapter for two years. He was successful in attracting new and talented volunteers to the Chapter, and increased course attendance in Driver Safety. “Perry …

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

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

About AARP | Advocacy | Delaware | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work 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,” …