Support Family Caregivers with the CARE Act

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

Advocacy 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 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 …

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

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

Advocacy 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 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 …

Alexandria Senior Leader Named Minnesota AARP Volunteer of the Year

Posted on 10/27/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Advocacy Kathryn LeRoy LeBrasseur of Alexandria was presented with the 2014 AARP Minnesota Andrus Award for Community Service at an awards reception held at the Senior Community Center today. The award honors Minnesotans over the age of 50 who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. As part of the award, AARP made a $1,000 donation to the Alexandria Senior Community Center. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important …

Los votantes mayores ejercen su gran influencia

Posted on 10/9/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Por Pamela Schmid Ya que los votantes de 50 años o más juegan un papel fundamental en las elecciones por las gobernaciones y cargos legislativos del mes que viene, AARP Minesota se asegurará de que los candidatos expongan sus posiciones sobre temas clave a sus socios. “El voto del adulto mayor va a ser decisivo en los resultados de las elecciones en todo el estado de Minesota”, dijo Larry Jacobs, director del Center for the Study of Politics and Governance …