Five Habits of Smart Drivers

Posted on 08/5/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Julie E. Lee The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released some encouraging news: today’s drivers age 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations. If they do crash, they are also less likely to be killed or seriously injured. The Institute claims this is a result of safer cars and healthier individuals. Maintaining a healthy mental and physical state is critical to all aspects of our lives. The same is true for …

PLEASE READ: VERY IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM AARP

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP Georgia | Comments

Health & Wellbeing An incorrect phone number was included for the AARP Georgia state office in our New Member Welcome Kit and possibly in other materials. AARP included the incorrect number in the New Member Welcome Kit which was sent by mail between December 2013 and April 2014. We apologize for this error and any inconvenience it may have caused. The correct phone number for AARP Georgia is 866-295-7281. Please use this number when attempting to reach AARP Georgia. If you have any …

Carings for Kids and Parents? Here’s Help

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Caring for aging parents and college-bound kids, all while trying to save for your retirement? AARP Georgia is scheduling workshops that can help members of the “Sandwich Generation” juggle the financial needs of three generations. Presenters will outline 10 steps to a secure retirement and address issues such as whether to tap a 401(k) to pay for children’s tuition. Nearly half of Americans in their 60s have at least one living parent, compared with 4 percent to 7 percent a …

Georgia Residents Saved Over $270 Million on Prescription Drugs in 2013 Under the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP GA | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Georgia residents on Medicare saved over $270 million on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act – or an average discount per beneficiary of $894. Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act and its provision closing the “donut hole,” the gap in Medicare Part …

ACA Marketplace Enrollment Offered In Macon

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP GA | Comments

Health & Wellbeing March 31 is the last day to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, and there is assistance available. AARP Georgia is hosting a Health Insurance Marketplace to help Macon residents learn more and get assistance in enrollment. The free event will take place Thursday, March 20, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Wingate by Wyndham, (Between Cracker Barrel & Cheddar’s), 100 Northcrest Boulevard, (Riverside), Macon. Attendees are asked to prepare a list of health care providers that are used to ensure the …

Funding Lags for Older Adult Services

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   By Ann Hardie For two hours a week, a respite worker comes to Nancy Downes’ home in Winder, 45 miles east of downtown Atlanta. While that isn’t a lot of time, it’s enough to let Downes run to the grocery store, take a hot shower—and even catch her breath. The rest of the time Downes, 61, is the sole caregiver for her mother, Mildred Tripp, 87, who has advanced Alzheimer’s disease and lives with Downes. “Even standing in the …