TEK Course Solves Tablet Mysteries

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Lorna Collier Bonnie Schultz grinned in delight. The 71-year-old retired nurse from Caledonia had just mastered the art of the selfie, taking a photo of herself using the front-facing camera on an Android tablet. It’s one of many skills Schultz picked up during a free AARP workshop in Rockford aimed at helping older adults learn more about technology. “I’m here because my smartphone is showing me how stupid I am—and I need help,” Schultz said with a laugh. Schultz …

El curso TEK resuelve los misterios de las tabletas

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Por Lorna Collier Bonnie Schultz sonrió complacida. Esta enfermera jubilada de 71 años, proveniente de Caledonia, acababa de dominar el arte de la selfi, el acto de tomarse un autoretrato, con la cámara frontal de una tableta Android. Es una de las muchas habilidades que Schultz adquirió durante un taller gratuito de AARP en Rockford, orientado a que los adultos mayores aprendan más sobre tecnología. “Estoy aquí porque mi teléfono inteligente me está demostrando cuán tonta puedo llegar a ser… …

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 …