Aging & Disability Resource Center a one-stop shop of information and assistance

Posted on 11/23/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Below is AARP testimony presented on Nov. 13 to state senators who serve on the Aging Nebraskans Task Force regarding the need for an Aging and Disability Resource Center to serve older Nebraskans and their families. This issue will be a top legislative priority for AARP Nebraska in 2015. For more information, contact Mark Intermill at mintermill@aarp.org or 1-866-389-5651 toll free. “Good morning. My name is Glen Fewkes and I am a Legislative Representative in the Government Affairs Department of …

Taking care of your caregiver guilt

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Teresa Ann Thompson [Don’t forget November is Caregiver Month. The nation and our state recognize caregivers at this time. Two out of five adults are now considered family caregivers.] Most family caregivers I know have experienced guilt to some degree, either before, during, or after their time of service for their loved one. As a matter of fact, I would not hesitate to say we are experts at guilt, due to the nature of caregiving. There are myriads of …

Future geriatrician has calling to serve older adults

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Carmen Ochoa Thank You, AARP. When I first started college last fall, I knew that I enjoyed older people, and could see myself working with them as a professional. Now, less than a year later, I am confident in my path, and believe I have a calling to serve them. How can a little less than a year make such a big difference? The answer is easy. The answer is AARP. I came into this internship, a wide eyed …

Five Habits of Smart Drivers

Posted on 08/5/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Julie E. Lee The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recently released some encouraging news: today’s drivers age 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations. If they do crash, they are also less likely to be killed or seriously injured. The Institute claims this is a result of safer cars and healthier individuals. Maintaining a healthy mental and physical state is critical to all aspects of our lives. The same is true for …

‘Helpful Tips for Living with Alzheimer’s’ Program Set for July 26

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Mid-City Chapter 5253 invites the public to attend an educational program on living with Alzheimer’s disease. The event will be held in Omaha on Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Malcolm X Foundation, 3448 Evans St. Refreshments will be served. Featured speakers from the Alzheimer’s Midlands Chapter are Vivyonne Ewing, President, and Clayton Freeman, Program and Public Policy Director. According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, “many Americans dismiss the warning signs of Alzheimer’s, believing …

Nebraska falls short on services for older Nebraskans, caregivers

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Health & Wellbeing While Nebraska ranks 20th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve across-the-board. This is the conclusion of a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation.   For Nebraska, the report flagged the cost of home care; adequacy of the in-home services workforce; balance in state …