Livability For All: The 2014 AARP Livable Communities Survey of St. Louis County

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | Community Engagement | Comments

Home & Family ©iStock.com/gabrieleckert AARP conducted a survey of St. Louis County residents age 45+ asking what they thought is important to make St. Louis County a great place to live for decades to come. The full report is available for downloading, but here are some key highlights.    Housing: Housing is the most important livable community issue for St. Louis County residents. Most survey respondents are home owners and say they would prefer to age in place so it is not surprising …

Communities Can Serve Residents of All Ages

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Home & Family By Dennis J. Wilson When better sidewalk maintenance was listed as a top priority in a survey of Blue Springs residents last year, Scott Allen saw it as a red flag. Allen is the community development director for Blue Springs (population 53,000), a suburb east of Kansas City. Sidewalk construction and repair was made a priority. It was not difficult to document. “You can see where you are missing them; you can see where they need improvements,” Allen said. The …

Make Small Changes Toward Better Health

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Home & Family Feel free to indulge a little during the holiday season. AARP St. Louis has joined with the City of St. Louis Department of Health to support your 2015 resolutions toward a better life with a 10-week “Small Changes for Health” program. The system promotes gradual increases in better decision-making rather than a rapid approach. The Web-based Small Changes plan provides tips and activities that promote a healthier lifestyle at your pace. Each week, the program adds a new regimen that …

Help for Paying Utility Bills in Winter

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Home & Family AARP encourages Missourians on fixed incomes to apply for Utilicare, which helps thousands of households pay for utility bills during cold winter weather. Energy demand was 27 percent higher than average nationwide last winter, according to the National Climatic Data Center. “This program offers peace of mind for people who otherwise might have to choose between staying warm or buying medicines and groceries,” said Craig Eichelman, AARP state director. Missourians may qualify for Utilicare if their annual income does not …

Celebrate Caregivers!

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Home & Family At any time during the year, more than 1,270,000 Missourians perform a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can remain in their homes. These family caregivers are sometimes on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week – and often they can’t even take a break. But they wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s why we honor these unsung heroes for their labor of love during November: National Family …

Seeking Legislative Help for Family Caregivers

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Home & Family When the General Assembly convenes in January, AARP Missouri will ask legislators to establish a committee to study how best to support family caregivers’ needs. The committee would evaluate existing services that help people continue to live at home as they age, and brainstorm new ways to assist caregivers. In 2009 some 865,000 caregivers provided about $8.9 billion worth of unpaid services in Missouri, an AARP study showed. “We need to work harder to support the thousands of Missourians who …