Report May Boost Support for Caregivers

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

Health & Wellbeing A legislative commission is expected to issue a report this fall on how to provide support for Kentuckians caring for aging relatives at home. The commission has identified existing programs, policies and resources and has interviewed caregivers about their unmet needs. AARP Kentucky pushed for the resolution that created the commission. About 735,000 Kentuckians are caring for aging parents, spouses or other loved ones. Many (nearly 46 percent) are worried and stressed. A recent state scorecard on long-term services and …

These streets weren’t made for walking…

Posted on 08/26/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Second only to driving, walking is one of the most popular means of getting from point A to point B in the US.  It’s easy, cheap and has the added benefit of boosting your mood and increasing your health and longevity.  All you need is a pair of sneakers and you’re ready to go! Or are you? Just how walkable is your neighborhood? I’d be willing to wager not very.  While Kentucky communities tend to be car and truck friendly, …

Want to voice your concerns and experiences with rural hospitals?

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Auditor Adam Edelen will host a series of public hearings across Kentucky this summer to discuss the financial health of rural hospitals. The 10 hearings kick off a study by the Auditor’s office that seeks to understand the challenges facing small, community hospitals that provide health care to 45 percent of Kentuckians and are key economic drivers in those communities. “Rural hospitals are teetering on the edge of survival in many Kentucky communities,” Auditor Edelen said. “This is an effort …

New Scorecard Gives Kentucky Low Marks For Serving Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Much more must be done to improve long-term services and supports A national report card released today on Kentucky’s  performance on  long-term care services and support for seniors, people with physical disabilities and family caregivers places the state at the bottom of the pack, with a rank of 51. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A …

Hearing More in May

Posted on 05/22/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Health & Wellbeing May is National Better Speech and Hearing Month   The National Hearing Test is a quick and convenient telephone-based screening for hearing loss that you can take from the privacy of your home.  If you are concerned about your hearing, this is a simple way to determine whether you need a more thorough evaluation. The National Hearing Test is free for the month of May in support of National Speech & Hearing month.  This means you can get all the benefit of this terrific …

LOUISVILLE RANKED 17th MOST DANGEROUS IN NATION FOR NUMBER OF PREVENTABLE PEDESTRIAN DEATHS

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Louisville is among the most dangerous communities in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 17th most dangerous out of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. Over the decade from 2003 – 2012, 200 Louisvillians were killed while walking. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014, ranks America’s major metropolitan areas according to a Pedestrian Danger Index that assesses how safe pedestrians are while walking. The report …