Medicare Open Enrollment 10/15 – 12/7

Posted on 10/15/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Medicare Open Enrollment runs from 10/15 – 12/7.  This is a once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your plan! http://bit.ly/1w3Prv6    Medicare open enrollment, which begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, is the one time each year when you can make changes to get the health and drug coverage that fit you best. Your needs and Medicare plan benefits can change over time, so use the open enrollment period to compare your options and if necessary, switch to …

Listen to MPBN’s Three-Part Radio Series on Caregiving

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Caregivers in Maine and the Challenges They Face: The third story in MPBN’s Maine Things Considered caregiving series spotlights 81-year-old Anne Palmer, who is caring for her 44-year-old disabled son, Todd, and worries about his future.         The second story in the series aired on 9/19 focuses on Janice Miller who cared for her husband, George, during his battle with ALS.   The first story in this caregiving series aired 9/12 on MPBN.  The first broadcast features a mother …

Support Needed for Caregivers

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

Health & Wellbeing As AARP Maine prepares for the 2015 legislative session, two studies validate the need for services to relieve the burden on about 191,000 family caregivers in the state. A recent scorecard on long-term services and supports ranked Maine 38th among the states in emotional wellbeing of family caregivers. And in a recent AARP survey, 89 percent of Maine voters said it is important for elected officials to support measures that could help family caregivers. AARP provides resources for caregivers at …

Guest Feature: Your Emergency Preparedness Checklist

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing National Preparedness Month takes place in September, but Maine is always prepared   The following was submitted to AARP Maine by Richard Higgins, Individual Assistance Officer/State VAL Maine Emergency Management Agency   National Preparedness Month is an annual national campaign that takes place in September and as we head into the colder months,  it’s a good time to remind people to prepare themselves, their communities, and their workplaces for any kind of emergency event or disaster. We’re glad to have a whole month that …

Dementia Caregivers Especially Stressed and Depressed, Report Finds

Posted on 08/22/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   By Amy Goyer   Family caregivers who are caring for loved ones with cognitive and behavioral health conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease and depression, face particularly demanding challenges, according to a  new report from AARP and The United Hospital Fund. As a result of all the demands on them, a majority of these caregivers say they feel stressed much of the time as they try to juggle their caregiving responsibilities with other work or family obligations. As primary caregiver for my dad, who …

Walking Can Reap Great Rewards

Posted on 08/7/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing If a daily fitness walk could be put in a pill, it would be one of the most popular prescriptions in the world. It has so many health benefits. Walking can reduce the risk of many diseases — from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma. These may sound like claims on a bottle of snake oil, but they’re backed by major research. Walking requires no prescription, the risk of side effects is very low, and the benefits …