AARP Recognizes the Almost 200,000 Caregivers in Maine

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 24, 2014   Contact: Lori Parham AARP Maine State Director 400-1026 or lparham@aarp.org   NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH AARP Recognizes Remarkable Silent Army of Mainers; Launches “I Heart Caregivers”   ***Audio and video available***   PORTLAND –November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, almost 200,000 in Maine, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as …

Medicare Open Enrollment 10/15 – 12/7

Posted on 11/24/2014 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 …

I Heart Caregivers – Please Share Your Story

Posted on 11/21/2014 by | AARP Maine | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Every day, a silent and remarkable army of Americans performs a great labor of love: Caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, and friends so they can remain in their own homes.  They are on duty 24/7, and often they cannot take a break. Yet they wouldn’t have it any other way. These caregivers are truly unsung heroes. Many caregivers face enormous challenges.  For some it is hard to keep a job.  For others, it is a daily struggle just to get …

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 …