Support Family Caregivers with the CARE Act

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Minnesota | Press The vast majority of older Americans want to live independently at home. In order to do so, they often rely exclusively on unpaid family caregivers for help. In Minnesota, more than 670,000 family caregivers are helping their loved ones live independently – keeping them in their homes and out of costly institutions, such as nursing homes. These unsung heroes provide unpaid care valued at about $8.2 billion annually. As a state Minnesota can and should do more to support our …

Care Act: Require Hospitals to Train Caregivers

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

Advocacy | Minnesota By Mary Van Beusekom Dianne Pettet’s husband, Dale, was being released from the hospital after a stay in the intensive care and rehabilitation units. Suffering from emphysema and heart disease, he needed to continue to receive supplemental oxygen at home. “They handed [the tubing and oxygen tank] to me at the nurses counter, and I’m just about in tears,” recalled Pettet, 64, of Lake­ville. “I had no idea what to do with it. I thought, ‘If I put this on …

Cooking Matters: A Fresh Approach to Fighting Senior Hunger

Posted on 11/10/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Minnesota A new and exciting opportunity is available for AARP Minnesota Volunteers. For those who are interested in food, nutrition, cooking or hunger issues, the Cooking Matters at the Store program is way to use that passion to help fellow Minnesotans. Volunteers will assist with or lead grocery store tours for older adults on how to buy healthy food and stretch their food budget. AARP Foundation has partnered with Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters at the Store program in several states …

Make a Difference in MN Be a Congressional District Co-Lead

Posted on 11/10/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy | Minnesota Congressional District Leaders will take on a variety of interesting projects in partnership with a fellow co-leader(s) to extend AARP’s network throughout all areas of the state.  We anticipate that Co-Leaders will devote an average of 20 hours a month to this work, although some months will be busier or slower than others.  It is possible for a volunteer to be a Co-Lead while also doing another volunteer position with AARP such as being a Fraud Fighter, Life Reimagined Guide …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Minnesota

Posted on 11/6/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Minnesota An excerpt from Christeen’s story: As a 94 year of age widow ,of five years, I have been a “receiver” from my daughter who as a single mom, did a wonderful job of raising three sons alone. My husband needed home care for several months, then had Home Hospice care for three weeks before he passed away. My daughter is a Home Health Nurse-Case Manager and supplied the help needed to keep him home. She now gives me the needed …

What’s Next? Life Reimagined Comes to Edina

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Minnesota Edina, a city of about 48,000 just southwest of Minneapolis, is hosting a series of AARP Life Reimagined checkups to help residents choose next steps in their careers, relationships, wellness and finances. In a 90-minute session, participants engage in personal reflection, insightful activities and meaningful conversations to gauge where they are in life and what their next move could be. Then they are matched with resources to help achieve their goals. “We’re excited to see this pilot project in Edina …