Caregiver communication: The difference between a successful transition home and a return trip to the hospital

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

Health & Wellbeing If you’ve ever been a caregiver, you know that good communication from health professionals is critical when it comes to your ability to manage medications and perform other care tasks – especially when your family member is coming home from the hospital. That’s why AARP Nevada is pressing for legislation in 2015 that aims to cut down on re-admissions and help caregivers be better prepared to take care of loved ones at home. Called the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) …

Bill Aims to Ease the Transition from Hospital to Home

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Nevada is pressing for legislation in 2015 that could reduce hospital readmissions by improving communication between hospital staff and family caregivers. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would require hospitals to ask each patient to identify a caregiver. The hospital would teach the caregiver how to do follow-up procedures needed at home—such as managing medications or dressing wounds—and inform the caregiver when the patient is moved or discharged. In 2009 some 364,000 Nevadans provided unpaid care for family …

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 …

Stay young, volunteer!

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Guest blog by Harvey Lee, AARP Nevada volunteer   So you’re getting ready to retire or have just retired and now you aren’t sure what you are going to do with your retirement time. Volunteer. Here are several reasons it’s a great idea: Staying active is a healthy choice. Sitting down and doing nothing is an unhealthy choice. And it’s pretty boring. My wife and I recently returned from a seven-week volunteer experience at a lighthouse in northern California. (Battery …

Las Vegas ranked 13th most dangerous in the nation for preventable pedestrian deaths

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Las Vegas is among the most dangerous communities in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 13th most dangerous out of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. Over the decade from 2003 – 2012, 540 Nevadans were killed while walking, including 413 in the metro Las Vegas area. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014 ranks America’s major metropolitan areas according to a Pedestrian Danger Index that …

Need help getting covered? In-person assistance is available!

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Still need to get covered? March 31 is the deadline to enroll in health insurance plans offered through Nevada HealthLink, the state’s marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Federally-approved navigators and assistors can help you compare plans and sign up for the one that’s right for you.  If you live in the metro Las Vegas area, you can get free in-person assistance at libraries and Nevada JobConnect sites before the March 31 deadline: East Valley Family Services offers appointments between 10:00 …