La amenaza del hambre acecha a muchos

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Bernardo y Fabiola Hernández preparan la cena en su apartamento de Miami Beach. — Foto: Josh Prezant. Bernardo y Fabiola Hernández acudieron a Unidad de Miami Beach, una organización de servicio comunitaria, buscando ayuda. Fabiola, de 70 años, llevaba una carpeta de documentos que demostraban que ella y su marido reciben solamente $51 por mes en cupones para alimentos. Una hoja impresa listaba los beneficios mensuales del Seguro Social combinados de ambos, de apenas $1,317. Pero la evidencia más determinante de su …

Caring for Sarah: Caregiving Is The Next Big Thing (And I am Not Exaggerating!)

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family Caregiving is a social and health care issue that has slowly emerged in the public sphere as the Baby Boomer generation has been getting older, and older individuals have increasingly expressed a preference to stay in their own homes and communities, close to family and friends, rather than in costly institutions. It is not anecdotal. Speaking only from the vantage point of my home state, Illinois, I can say this: 3 in 4 Illinoisans ages 50 and older prefer to …

Caring for Sarah: Extraordinary adventures in caregiving

Posted on 07/18/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family Anybody who provides care for a loved one knows there are tough times – times when you may have to make gut-wrenching decisions. Or times when you have to make deep, radical changes in your own life in order to help and care for those you love. But there are also – surprisingly and thankfully – times when you share a laugh or create a memory with the person you care for. One such time happened to me and Sarah, …

Caring for Sarah: The Picture In Illinois

Posted on 06/27/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family It’s been a quiet start of the summer for Sarah, my mom. She’s getting used to the new wheelchair we got her for the times when she goes out of the house to doctors’ appointments, church or social occasions. The weather is warm, which means her tired bones don’t hurt as much. She loves summer. During the peaceful summer days my mom loves to go her favorite chair in the living room, where it’s cooler, and read, take a nap, or …

Caring for Sarah – The Challenges for Spousal Caregivers

Posted on 05/16/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family It was one those days of ‘what if’ questions with my mom. I was driving her back from a doctor’s appointment. I was listening to the radio and she was – I thought – napping. She opened her eyes, looked at the road, and asked: what if your father was alive? What about it, mamá? Well, you know. Would he be taking care of me, or would I be taking care of him? Most likely the latter. Says who? There …

Caring for Sarah: Thanking our Nurses (and Caregivers, too!)

Posted on 05/6/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family My mom is a chatty gal. I’ve known this all my life, but it never ceases to amaze me that she doesn’t let language barriers get in the way of a good conversation. When I take her to her appointments she loves to chat with the nurses that take care of her before the doctor sees her. Many nurses in the Chicago area are Spanish speakers, some are not. It doesn’t make any difference to my mom, who chats them …