AARP Massachusetts Praises State Senators for Support of Uniform Adult Guardianship Act (UAGPPJA)

Posted on 07/11/2014 by | Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Excellent news! Massachusetts is one step closer to joining 38 other states in passing the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act (UAGPPJA), and adopting a model set of rules to make it easier for family caregivers to provide care across state lines. “Thanks to the leadership of Senator Gale Candaras, Senate President Therese Murray and the unanimous support of the Massachusetts Senate, Massachusetts has made significant progress on the passage of the UAGPPJA to provide uniformity and reduce …

Find Your ‘What’s Next?’ Through a Life Reimagined Check-Up

Posted on 06/30/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing At AARP, “real possibilities” means that anything is possible and that age doesn’t define people. In fact, we believe that age and experience can expand—not limit—possibilities. Perhaps you’re still working but looking to incorporate volunteer work into your life. Perhaps you’re retired but itching to do more and give back. Maybe you’ve always wanted to venture out on your own—in a business or personal sense—but haven’t had the courage or belief in yourself. Or perhaps you’re out of work and …

New State Scorecard Shows Progress in Serving Older, Disabled Medicaid Recipients in Home and Community-Based Care Settings

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing But more must be done to improve long-term services and supports, especially for Family Caregivers Massachusetts ranks 18th nationwide when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, but AARP warns more must be done, at a greatly accelerated pace, to bolster support for family caregivers, balance funding, and improve transitions from nursing homes to community-based care.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term …

Stay Safe in Your Home: Attend an AARP Home Fit Workshop and Learn to Make Your Home Age-Friendly

Posted on 06/9/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing As you age and your body changes, is your home doing the same? An odd question, perhaps, but one worth asking if you want to remain safe—and in your home—for as long as possible. A 2010 AARP survey showed that nearly 90 percent of people age 45+ want to stay in their homes as they age. And why not? Home represents comfort and familiarity, things we all crave. But those steep back steps that you used to scoot up may …

Attend Our Free Information Session on Caregiving, Legal Guardianship

Posted on 06/5/2014 by | AARP Massachusetts | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Are you the caregiver of a loved one who lives in another state? If so, you may know that if the person you care for becomes unable to manage personal decisions, a court may appoint a guardian to make decisions about property, medical care, living arrangements, and financial issues. Perhaps you’re already the legal guardian of someone in another state? In either case, you’ll want to learn more about uniform guardianship laws — and why it’s so important for Massachusetts to pass such legislation. Massachusetts …

Medical Deduction Means More Food

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Michelle Cerulli When Pamela B. Hall learned she was diabetic two years ago, she was shocked. Worn knees and other disabilities mean she must use a wheelchair now, but Hall, 69, of Northborough, once led an active life, training horses and teaching others to do the same. Professionally, she worked as a switchboard operator and a receptionist before retiring 10 years ago. “Now that I’m diabetic, I can’t eat what I used to,” said Hall. “You really have to …