Inpatient or Observation?

Posted on 01/13/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing You’re in a meeting with a coworker when her phone rings: Her elderly father has had a bad fall and is on the way to the emergency room. At the hospital, she discovers that her father will need to stay in the hospital. Four days later, her father is moved to a skilled rehabilitation care facility for several weeks of physical therapy. After therapy is complete and her father returns home, your coworker receives a bill for thousands of dollars …

AARP URGES LEGISLATORS TO SUPPORT CAREGIVERS & FINANCIAL SECURITY IN 2015

Posted on 01/6/2015 by | AARP Minnesota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing ST. PAUL – With the 2015 legislative session underway, AARP’s focus will once again be to support Minnesota’s unpaid family caregivers as well as the more than one million people in our state who are struggling to save for retirement. In order to strengthen the financial security of all Minnesotans, including unpaid family caregivers, AARP is focusing on three key areas this legislative session. Better Training for Family Caregivers –More than 670,000 Minnesotans are caring for an aging parent or …

Caregiving, Savings Plan Top Agenda

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In the 2015 legis​lative session, AARP Minnesota aims not only to support family caregivers, but also to improve access to retirement savings plans and ensure reliable utilities. As in other states, AARP is pressing for the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act to prepare caregivers to perform medical tasks needed when a patient comes home from a hospital stay. AARP also is urging lawmakers to pass Secure Choice, a voluntary retirement savings plan managed by the state for workers who …

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 …