Easing the Burden on Family Caregiviers

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family To help family caregivers deal with the demands and stress of that unpaid job, AARP Indiana is hosting four Caregiver Connection events across the state. All-day events on June 5 in Evansville and June 19 in Jeffersonville include a resource fair, panel discussion, breakout sessions and free chair massages. Evening events on June 10 in Valparaiso and June 26 in Indianapolis feature presentations by an elder-law attorney and a representative of the Area Agency on Aging. In 2011, 1.34 million …

Finding New Ways to Help Family Caregivers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Nancy Johnson Connie Roberts of Elkhart was running herself ragged looking after her aging parents. For three years, with help from her siblings, she drove them to doctor appointments, cooked meals, did the laundry, cleaned their apartment, doled out medicines and handled their financial affairs. But she knew one thing: She didn’t want to put them in a nursing home. With help from their doctor and from REAL Services, the Area 2 Agency on Aging affiliate in South Bend, …

Tax Credit for Caregivers Advocated

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family   By Nancy Johnson At Patty Thornton’s home, everything revolves around her mom, Mary Hosinski. “We call her the queen,” Thornton said. Nine years ago, Hosinski, now 93, suffered a stroke that left her unable to speak and made walking difficult. Faced with the prospect of putting her mom into a nursing home, Thornton, 65, moved her mother into her own South Bend house. Since then, Thornton and her husband, Chris, 63, have reorganized their jobs—as an exercise instructor and …

Hoosier Family Caregivers Provide $9.4 Billion in Help to Relatives

Posted on 12/18/2012 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Home & Family As families across the Hoosier state gather for the holidays, AARP Indiana is encouraging folks to assess their current caregiving plans.  Last year, 1.34 million Hoosiers provided unpaid care for a loved one, placing the economic value of their help at $9.4 billion.  Nationwide, one in four adults provides such unpaid care.* “We consistently see in our surveys that an overwhelming majority of people want to age at home as long as possible,” says AARP Indiana State Director June Lyle.  …

Tips for Home Energy Help

Posted on 11/16/2012 by | AARP Indiana | Comments

Home & Family By Jean Setzfand, Vice President, Financial Security, AARP Education and Outreach Struggling to pay your cooling or heating bills? Help is available. AARP can help you find assistance to stay cool this summer and warm next winter. Home Cooling and Heating Help You may be able to get help paying your utility costs through the Federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). How much help you may receive depends on your income and household size, how much it costs …