Valentine’s Day Last Minute Gift Ideas

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and the pressure is on to impress your significant other. Are you ready? For those who have left their gifts for the last minute or want to add a little something special, have no fear! We have some cute last-minute gift ideas you can make with love by hand with readily available materials.   52 Things I Love About You   © Visual Heart Display your love on a deck of cards. This …

Resource Cheat Sheet

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Health & Wellbeing © iStockPhoto\donskarpo Many times, resources are more readily available than you think. You just have to know where to look. Below are some key resources that AARP has been working to provide for you. AARP Smart Driver What is it? – A defensive driving course focusing on the rules of the road, driving situation techniques, and how to handle aggressive drivers. Those who enroll may be eligible for a discount of 5% on car insurance. Who can use it? – …

How NJSHARES is working to ease utility assistance woes in New Jersey

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   ©iStockPhoto\piranka Whether you are a PSE&G, JCP&L, or Atlantic City Electric customer, rest assured in knowing that AARP has worked, or in some cases, is still working, to ensure that utility customers across the state don’t pay a dime more than necessary when it comes to their utility bills. However, despite our efforts, we know that utility bills are still high in this state, and that the winter cold, which we are still in the midst of, can make …

Fight to Keep Phone Landlines Available

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In New Jersey, where Verizon has not rebuilt some of the telephone lines destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, AARP is fighting to keep landlines available. “Phone companies are nudging customers toward wireless service, but for some people, a landline is a lifeline,” said Dave Mollen, AARP state president. Copper-wire connections are needed to monitor most medical equipment and home security systems, and wireless technology is less reliable during emergencies. About 94 percent of registered New Jersey voters age 50-plus …

Caregiving Issues Draw Concern

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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Poor Nursing Home Care Grades

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

Health & Wellbeing 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, …