10 Tips for Caregivers During the Holidays

Posted on 11/11/2014 by | AARP New Hampshire | Comments

Home & Family During the busy holiday season, family caregivers – over 268,000 right here in New Hampshire – already feel overwhelmed with daily responsibilities, leaving them vulnerable when the stress of the holidays arrive.  Turning to unhealthy behaviors – drinking more eggnog, eating more sweets, getting fewer hours of shut-eye, and forgoing exercise – is not the answer.  AARP’s Amy Goyer, a caregiving expert and caregiver herself, offers this list of helpful tips to help family caregivers come through the holiday season …

Get Tech-Savvy at Free Workshop

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

Home & Family Wish you knew more about the functions and shortcuts on your smartphone or tablet, and how to tailor it to your needs? A workshop Nov. 18 will help members manage their iPads and iPhones, and the benefits likely will go beyond learning new skills. Research suggests that learning something challenging—from knitting to using a tablet—helps with memory function and information processing. Staying sharp mentally is a top priority for members, according to AARP surveys. Workshop presenter Stacy Dris­coll, founder of …

Managing Your Utility Bills

Posted on 10/13/2014 by | AARP New Hampshire | Comments

Home & Family The following is reprinted with permission of the Office of Consumer Advocate in their newsletter dated October 13, 2014. You may have heard that the price of electricity for this upcoming winter season has increased due to market prices.  Therefore, utilities that buy energy supply in the market have experienced price spikes.  To help manage the increases the Office of Consumer Advocate encourages you to take steps to reduce your electricity usage. Many people have already implemented energy conservation measures, …

Join us for a FREE SCREENING of St. Vincent

Posted on 10/13/2014 by | AARP New Hampshire | Comments

Home & Family It’s a love thy neighbor treat: a pre-release screening of St. Vincent, starring Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Jaeden Lieberher and Naomi Watts. The movie starts at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 26 at the Cinemagic & Imax in Hooksett.  Tickets are limited so reserve your seats today. In St. Vincent, Maggie (Melissa McCarthy), a single mother moves into a new home in Brooklyn with her 12-year-old son, Oliver (Jaeden Lieberher.) Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but …

It’s Medicare Open Enrollment Time!

Posted on 10/10/2014 by | AARP New Hampshire | Comments

Home & Family It’s Medicare Open Enrollment, that one time every year where you can make changes to your Medicare plan. From October 15 to December 7, you can review your health and prescription drug plans for 2015.  “Don’t miss this seven-week window to make changes to your insurance coverage,” said AARP New Hampshire State President Dick Chevrefils. “If your health and prescription drug needs have changed, or your current plan has made changes, now is the time to make adjustments.”  During Medicare …

State Ranks Low in Supporting Caregivers

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family According to a recently released scorecard on states’ efforts to provide long-term services and supports, New Hampshire has a long way to go to make it easy for Granite Staters to age in place. The state ranks 46th in the percentage of Medicaid long-term care dollars spent on services that help keep people in their homes and communities as they age. Roughly 80 percent of those dollars go to nursing home care. In addition, the scorecard ranks New Hampshire last …