Support Family Caregivers with the CARE Act

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Cooking Matters: A Fresh Approach to Fighting Senior Hunger

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Minnesota

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Solving Hunger: Finding Those Who Need Help

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Mary Van Beusekom During her year working for AARP Minnesota, Lynne McMullen learned that hunger can appear in unexpected ways: “Senior hunger is often an invisible problem. Hunger can look like obesity because you don’t have the money to eat healthy food.” McMullen joined the AARP Foundation Drive to End Hunger (endseniorhunger.aarp.org) as part of the national Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps. Her task as an outreach coordinator was to identify ways to reach Minnesotans who may go hungry but …

Financial Security the Hallmark of a Successful 2014 Session

Posted on 05/29/2014 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP’s priority this session was fighting for legislation that addresses the financial security of the 50+ population. Our top two priorities were: Enhancing retirement security through the Minnesota Secure Choice plan. Helping caregivers balance workplace and eldercare responsibilities.   Enhancing Retirement Security Minnesota Secure Choice Feasibility Study Enacted This year AARP helped passed legislation to study the feasibility of developing a new Minnesota Secure Choice in Retirement Plan that will enable more workers to save for retirement at work by …