Share Your Story of Caregiving

Share Your Story of Caregiving

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP is asking Kentuckians caring for frail family members to share their stories. AARP advocates will use the stories to explain caregivers’ needs to legislators and reporters. More than one million unpaid caregivers in Kentucky provided more than 700 million hours of care to relatives and friends in 2009, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. “If family caregivers were no longer available, the economic cost to Kentucky’s health and long-term care systems would rise astronomically,” said Jim Kimbrough, AARP …

State Health Insurance Marketplace Is Working Well

State Health Insurance Marketplace Is Working Well

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Kentucky’s health insurance marketplace—called kynect—has enrolled more people per capita than any other state exchange, according to Stateline, the daily news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Tested for months before its launch, the kynect website registered 29,000 people in October, the first month of open enrollment. More than 123,000 state residents signed up for coverage by Jan. 2. AARP encourages the more than 105,000 Kentuckians ages 50 to 64 who still lack health insurance to sign up before open …

iKnow Expo 2014 and New Fourth Sunday Series - Lexington

iKnow Expo 2014 and New Fourth Sunday Series – Lexington

Posted on 01/26/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   iKnow Sunday Series Kicks-off in Lexington Sunday, January 26 2014 2:00 – 4:00 pm Learn how the Affordable Care Act works for you and your family. The Latest Update on the Affordable Care Act Do you really know what it’s all about? Join Tihisha Rawlins, Associate State Director of Grassroots Initiatives for AARP Kentucky, as she cuts through all the clutter and misinformation with the facts you really need to know. New Topics Planned for Fourth Sunday of every …

Caregiving: Are there boundaries?

Caregiving: Are there boundaries?

Posted on 01/12/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A special guest, Peter Rosenberger, offers his thoughts on caregivers and their needs.  Peter says he earned his, “PhD in caregiving from the school of hard knocks.” Of the many challenges affecting today’s 65 million volunteer caregivers, one issue seems to loom over them all: boundaries.  In a short-term event such as trauma, surgery, or recoverable illness, the immediate needs of the afflicted usually eclipse the needs of others—and boundaries often go out the window.  With a chronic or permanent malady or …

The Nurse Will See You Now

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In a state facing a shortage of primary care physicians, AARP Kentucky is urging lawmakers to increase the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). Kentucky has nearly 3,000 APRNs, who have advanced clinical training and experience. Current regulations restrict them from writing prescriptions or ordering home health and hospice services without a doctor’s involvement. “That adds unnecessary expense and delay to patient care, particularly in rural communities underserved by doctors,” said Jim Kimbrough, AARP state president. AARP …

Weighing In on Long-term Care Proposals

Weighing In on Long-term Care Proposals

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

Health & Wellbeing When the legislature convenes Jan. 7, AARP Kentucky will weigh in on two proposals that could affect residents of long-term care facilities and their families. AARP supports increased funding for the state’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, which sends volunteers to nursing homes, personal care homes and family care homes. The volunteer ombudsmen report residents’ concerns on their behalf. Without the additional funding, the program would not be able to serve some areas of the state. AARP opposes a measure that …