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 …

Help Us Stamp Out Hunger

Posted on 05/8/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Health & Wellbeing To tackle the serious issue of hunger faced by millions of older adults, AARP and AARP Foundation today announced that on Saturday, May 10, they are joining the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) and the U.S. Postal Service’s 22nd annual food drive to help “Stamp Out Hunger.” On the second Saturday in May each year, in America’s largest single day food drive, known officially as Stamp Out Hunger, letter carriers across the country pick up bags of non-perishable food …

Nurses’ Expanded Role Boosts Primary Care

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

Health & Wellbeing Under a new state law, advanced-practice registered nurses will be able to prescribe medications (except for controlled substances) after working under contract with a physician for four years. As a result, Kentuckians will have greater access to primary care services, including diagnosis, prescriptions and referrals. The change also could ease the burden on family caregivers, who often schedule and provide transportation to appointments. The law, which will take effect in July, is expected to relieve provider shortages in a state …