From your backyard to your dinner plate

From your backyard to your dinner plate

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | AARP Louisiana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Azalea blooms remind me of my grandmother who loved tilling in the soil and watching the fruits of her labor….literally.  Her fig trees were enormous!  One of my fondest memories is waking up on a warm Saturday morning at her house and grabbing a big bowl to pick fresh figs for breakfast.  There’s nothing like fresh picked fruits and vegetables. Have you considered exploring the possibility of growing your own food in your backyard? Join AARP Louisiana at a gardening …

You’re Covered– With a Little Help from the Affordable Care Act

You’re Covered– With a Little Help from the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz, Vice President of Health at AARP in the Education and Outreach group John Hodgman, a sharp-witted comedian who occasionally appears on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” took a decidedly unfunny turn on Twitter on Oct. 1, the day the Health Insurance Marketplace went online. “Young people: sign up for healthcare. Take it from me –YOU ARE NOT IMMORTAL,” Hodgman urged his Twitter followers. Regardless of your age or current health, now that the Health Insurance Marketplace …

Don’t Miss the Medicare Open Enrollment Window of Opportunity

Don’t Miss the Medicare Open Enrollment Window of Opportunity

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz After 45 years as a pediatric nurse, my neighbor Sue enjoys her retirement. She has traveled with her husband, taken up yoga, and bonded deeply with her five grandkids. Since her retirement 3 years ago, she has been on Medicare. Earlier this year, Sue had a health scare. While she recovered well, Sue now takes new medications that her current Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) doesn’t cover. Lucky for Sue and for others with Medicare, she …

Tips on Getting Insurance in the Exchange

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Louisiana is encouraging state residents who need health insurance to check out the online marketplace, which opened Oct. 1. Created by the Affordable Care Act, the marketplace gives consumers a way to compare plans and apply for tax credits to help cover insurance costs. The plans offered could help the 16 percent of Louisianans ages 50 to 64 who are are uninsured—as well as those who are paying too much for private insurance or who previously were denied coverage …

Jean Setzfand, Vice President, Financial Security, AARP Education & Outreach

Losing the (Fraud) Lottery

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Jean C. Setzfand, vice president of the Financial Security team in the Education and Outreach group at AARP Joyce H., a 59-year-old unemployed woman raising four grandkids on her own, could barely believe her luck. A London barrister had emailed her, claiming to be relieved to have finally located her, because he was administering the will of someone he claimed was distantly related to her. After exchanging a few emails with him – emails he used to stoke her …

Tips for Managing Your Prescription Drug Costs

Tips for Managing Your Prescription Drug Costs

Posted on 07/15/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz, vice president of the Financial Security team in the Education and Outreach group at AARP  We all want to find ways to save money. And with today’s rising cost of critical and often life-saving drugs, every penny counts. But don’t fret — there is good news thanks to the cost-saving tips below, and a little help from the Affordable Care Act. Everyone should: Consider generic drugs:  Ask your doctor if your brand-name medication is available in generic …