Let’s Hear it for Hoosier Family Caregivers

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Indiana By AARP Indiana State Director June Lyle Odds are that you either have been, currently are, or will be a caregiver for a family member or loved one. And, you would be in good company as more than 1.34 million Hoosiers provided such unpaid care in 2011. Family helping family – that’s how most caregivers describe the labor of love they perform day in and day out. But, during this National Family Caregivers Month in November, AARP wants to pause …

Let’s Honor Hoosier Family Caregivers by Sharing Their Stories!

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Indiana November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, 1.3 million Hoosiers, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as opposed to costly institutions. Today, the average family caregiver is a 49-year-old female, who takes care of a 77-year-old woman – usually her mother. She provides 20 hours a week of assistance to her loved one, although she may be on call around-the-clock. Bottom …

Caregiving Help a Legislative Priority

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Indiana | Volunteering In the legislative session that begins Jan. 13, AARP Indiana will focus on ways to help family caregivers. A recent scorecard on long-term services and supports ranked Indiana 51st among the states (and District of Columbia) in support for family caregivers. The findings underscore the need for resources that can help Hoosiers continue to care for their loved ones at home and keep them out of costly institutions. This year AARP supported a bill that would have granted a tax …

Jeanne Wease of Crown Point Receives 2014 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 10/28/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Indiana | Press | Volunteering   Jeanne Wease of Crown Point has been selected by AARP to receive the 2014 AARP Indiana Andrus Award for Community Service – the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award.  Jeanne was recently presented with the award at AARP Indiana’s annual volunteer summit.   Wease has significantly contributed to Lake County and the larger Northwest Indiana community in both her professional and retirement life.  During her 39-year career as an educator, she excelled as a teacher and administrator, …

Bringing Citizens Many Happy Returns

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Indiana | Money & Work By Nancy Johnson Jane A. Einstein has helped hundreds of people prepare their taxes, but she likes to recall the time she saved a married couple from overpaying $10,000 to the IRS. Einstein, 65, a volunteer with the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program in Lafayette, filed a return for the newly retired couple, who were beginners at investing. The couple had transferred funds from one investment to another and had neglected to show it was a transfer, not a sale. After …

Volunteer Opportunities Abound with AARP Indiana!

Posted on 08/16/2014 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Indiana | Volunteering We want YOU!  In order to achieve our mission of helping Hoosiers 50+ live their best lives, we need your help.  We rely on AARP Indiana volunteers across the state to spread our message and resources.   That can be in many ways: handing out information and interacting with folks at local events like health fairs, gathering petitions on important issues like preventing cuts to Medicare and Social Security, assisting with walkability surveys assessing the connectivity of communities, serving as …