Three years is LONG ENOUGH, BPU! It’s time for JCP&L to STOP OVERCHARGING its customers!

Posted on 12/17/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey TRENTON – It’s been three years since the New Jersey Division of Rate Counsel first asked the Board of Public Utilities to open a rate case to investigate the earnings of Jersey Central Power & Light. Now, three years later, the BPU has not yet acted on this case, and every day JCP&L customers continue to be hurt. This morning at the State House, thousands of AARP members and JCP&L customers said enough is enough in the form of over …

AARP applauds Assembly Committee’s release of A1855, “The New Jersey Caregivers Assistance Act”

Posted on 12/11/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

New Jersey While invaluable in a myriad of ways in terms of dollars and sense, the value to our society from the hours of support being provided by family caregivers would equal $13 billion  a year. However, caring for an older family member can create a financial strain for many families who often spend thousands in out-of-pocket-dollars while being caregivers.  Thus, with the expected increase in our aging population, it is time to recognize the value of family caregivers and provide a …

New Jersey’s CARE Act Will Help Women

Posted on 12/5/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | New Jersey When older adults need support from loved ones to get through their recovery period at home after checking out of a hospital, who assumes the burden of “caregiving”? The answer is usually women, who are already juggling with the demands of being competent at work, be responsible as wives, mothers and daughters. On behalf of these women, spending on average, 20 hours per week in this unpaid role of family caregiving, I would like to send my heartiest appreciation to …

Caregiving Issues Draw Concern

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | New Jersey By Aliya S. King When Wil Hylton’s mother became too infirm to live alone, he and his wife, Ghana, began searching for a new home—one with a ground-floor bedroom. The Hyltons bought a house in Montclair in 2009, but they hadn’t considered another expense—the need for a home health aide to assist his mother while Hylton and his wife were at work. “My mother’s insurance would only cover a caregiver for three hours a day,” said Hylton, now 49. “That …

Governor Christie Signs the CARE Act: AARP Celebrates Victory for NJ Caregivers

Posted on 11/13/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy | New Jersey AARP Commends Governor Christie, Speaker Prieto, Senator Vitale & NJ legislative leadership for supporting family caregivers NJ is second state in the nation to enact law AARP today celebrates the enactment of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act, otherwise known as the CARE Act.  We commend New Jersey’s legislative leaders and Governor Christie for signing this bill, one which will benefit caregivers and their loved ones immeasurably. “New Jersey’s elected officials have stepped up and worked together on behalf of …

Poor Nursing Home Care Grades

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

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | New Jersey At least 70 percent of people age 65 and older will need support at some point in their lives to maintain independence, making the cost and quality of such services critical. New Jersey has some work to do on that front, according to a recent state scorecard on long-term services and supports. The Garden State ranked 44th on the cost of nursing home care and 49th on the percentage of nursing home residents with bed sores. The state did well, …