Caring for Sarah – Dealing with Alzheimer’s (Part I)

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family Today I will not talk about my mom, Sarah. A close friend of mine has shared with me the story of her mom. Both shall remain anonymous. My friend – I will only identify her as C. – is a caregiver along with her siblings for their mom who lives in the St. Louis, MO, area. C’s Mom is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s with sharp short-term memory loss. C. talked to me about her two most pressing issues: …

Julie Lee

Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …

Caring for Sarah: Making a List

Caring for Sarah: Making a List

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family For as long as I can remember, my mom Sarah has made lists. Lists of things to do, things to buy, things to eat. She learned to write shorthand and kept neat, precise lists in a language incomprehensible to me. Today she doesn’t use shorthand anymore but she still does lists. She carefully writes down the times for her doctors’ appointments, the doses for the medications she takes, the days of the week in which she is supposed to take …

Caring For Sarah: Are You A Caregiver Too?

Caring For Sarah: Are You A Caregiver Too?

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family I never noticed who was a caregiver, or what a caregiver looked like, until I became one. There’s no induction ceremony, either. It can happen suddenly. In my case, it was my mom Sarah’s arrhythmia that did it. It was then, at her doctor’s office, when I realized that caring for her would require deep changes in my schedule and constant attention to her health. I was a caregiver. For others, it’s a progression in the declining physical or mental …

Julie Lee

Simple Exercises to Improve Driver Wellness

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee Most people wouldn’t associate driving with exercise. While staying fit is essential to a healthy lifestyle, it is critical to driving safely. This is especially true as we age. Whether it’s squatting to get into your vehicle, turning your head to check blind spots, or flexing your foot to reach the brake pedal, driving is a full-body activity. According to recent research by The Hartford Center for Mature Market Excellence and MIT AgeLab, four areas of …

Caring for Sarah

Caring for Sarah

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Communications Manager - AARP Illinois | Comments

Home & Family I am a 51-year-old Latino male who, in many respects, is no different from your average Baby Boomer. I have a steady job, a loving family, and a warm and welcoming home waiting for me at the end of the day. Yet, I am also part of a growing and mostly silent group of individuals: caregivers. It’s a growing group, estimated at 42 million across the nation. And it’s a silent group – we don’t talk much about what we …