Prepare to Care Eases Burden on Families

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP Kentucky is giving Prepare to Care presentations across the state to help ease the burden on family caregivers. The sessions prepare caregivers to talk with family members to assess their needs, locate resources and organize important documents. In Kentucky, more than 730,000 people help their parents, spouses or other loved ones remain at home—rather than move into institutional settings—by helping them with bathing, meals, transportation, finances and medical tasks such as managing medications or dressing wounds. Community organizations and …

Report May Boost Support for Caregivers

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

Home & Family 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 …

Lexington Lead the Way as Age-Friendly Community

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Lexington is the first city in Kentucky to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. As part of a global effort by the World Health Organization, the network helps participating cities become great places to live by adopting such features as safe, walkable streets; age-friendly housing and transportation options; and access to services and opportunities to participate in community activities. “Well-designed communities sustain economic growth and make for happier, healthier residents of all ages,” said Scott Wegenast, AARP associate state …

Award Winning Evarts 5th Grader Honors “Grandma” in Grandparent of the Year Essay Contest

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Home & Family Harlan County 5th grader’s family and state’s retired teachers celebrate the Black Mountain Elementary School statewide essay contest winner – Angel Wynn Tuesday, Angel Wynn received top honors in the 2014 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Ms. Wynn and her grandmother, Luada Wynn, received their awards at the Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremonies in Louisville. The Black Mountain Elementary School student’s grandmother, Luada Wynn was the …

Share Your Story of Caregiving

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

Home & Family 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 …

Senate Committee Moves Family Caregiving Study Forward

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | AARP Kentucky | Comments

Home & Family AARP is fighting to help seniors live independently and for the family caregivers who make it possible for them to stay in their homes. In any given year an estimated 735,000 Kentuckians are caregivers for a loved one. These family caregivers are the backbone of the state’s long term care system providing unpaid assistance to Kentucky’s elderly and vulnerable citizens. They provide an estimated 704 million hours of care at an estimated value of $7.1 billion. Following discussion and testimony by …