— Please join us at these free workshops to learn more about dementia caregiving from several community resources and keynote speaker, Paul Raia, who has been directing patient care and family support at the Alzheimer’s Association for over 30 years.   Overcoming Inertia: Essential Conversations for Family Caregivers Wednesday, June 7 from 6:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. Richard Byrd Library, 7250 Commerce Street, Springfield Register online * Complimentary dinner served at 6 p.m.; Program starts at 6:30 p.m. Behavioral Sleuthing: Uncovering …

— Recognize an exceptional Virginia volunteer! AARP Virginia seeks nominees for the 2017 Andrus Award for Community Service Winner to receive $500 for nonprofit of their choice Know an extraordinary volunteer age 50 or older? Show your appreciation by nominating her or him for the 2017 AARP Virginia Andrus Award for Community Service, named for AARP’s founder, Ethel Percy Andrus. AARP’s most prestigious volunteer award recognizes individuals who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills in ways that significantly enrich the lives of others. …

— Per the National Council on Aging, every 13 seconds an older adult is seen in an ER for a fall related injury, and 1 in 3 older Americans falls every year.  Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for persons aged 65 and older.  Even minor falls can be problematic when they instill a fear of falling, making it difficult for elders to stay active, sometimes leading to depression. The good news is that most falls …

— Texans have reason to cheer a significant act of progress out of the legislative session. Late Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill 507, which bolsters patient protections against surprise medical billing. Surprise medical billing occurs when an insured person receives out-of-network care (often in emergency care situations, like visits to neighborhood emergency clinics), and later get hit with medical charges that can far exceed what’s covered by the patient’s insurance. The AARP Texas-supported legislation was sponsored by …

— By Jim Buchanan Here in North Carolina, through painful experience, we know a thing or two about floods. With a flood, most of the focus – necessarily – is on not being swept away in the turbulent waters. But there’s more than the rushing waters. There’s what’s beneath – who knows what kind of contaminants picked up in the deluge, who knows what kinds of creepy-crawlies lurking beneath. That’s the way it is with Washington these days. The normal trickle …

— Telemedicine – or telehealth – could soon take firmer hold in Texas under legislation recently sent to the governor that would help patients meet with physicians via smartphone, tablet or computer. Employers and private insurers are already embracing the trend as a means of making healthcare more affordable and convenient, and as a step toward avoiding costly emergency room and doctor’s office visits. The Texas House and Senate approved Senate Bill 1107, which eases some of the state’s restrictions on …

—  Have a Cup of Coffee on AARP Vermont          Coffee Hour: June 14th  from 9AM – 10AM:  Enjoy a free cup of coffee and get the latest scoop on Medicare.   AARP VT’s monthly coffee hour will host a guest speaker each month to lead discussions about relevant, timely topics that give you a chance to visit with neighbors and AARP Volunteers. June 14 Guest Speaker: Dana Reed, from Age Well Vermont, will provide an overview of Medicare …

—   Last summer, we led a small troupe of volunteers and staff up to a small farm in Houlton, Maine in the hopes of doing our small part in lessening the burden that thousands of older Mainers face each day when it comes to the most basic of needs: hunger. Hunger is a silent but deadly plague preying on tens of thousands of Mainers, especially children and older adults. According to 2015/2016 research, more than 16% of Maine households are …

— The American Health Care Act, which narrowly passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4 and is awaiting action by the U.S. Senate,  would make health care unaffordable and inaccessible for millions of Americans—including hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. The AHCA is very bad medicine for Arkansans, especially those ages 50 to 64. It would: X Remove protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, impacting over 280,000 Arkansans. X Weaken protections for people in the individual market and those …

— Meet new friends and have fun while staying healthy as part of Roanoke’s newest walking group. We are moving forward! Walking is a terrific way to keep your body and mind healthy, meet new friends and enjoy the beautiful weather as we transition from spring into summer.  That’s why AARP Virginia has partnered with a local chapter of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) to start a weekly walking group in Roanoke. The walking group is scheduled to meet for four consecutive …