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, …

Pushing for Better Sick Leave Policies

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Jersey City and Newark are the first two cities in the state to pass laws requiring businesses with 10 or more employees to let workers earn up to five paid sick days a year to care for themselves or ailing family members. AARP New Jersey, which pushed for the municipal ordinances, hopes to take the policy statewide. “Sick leave is critical not only for working parents with young children, but for workers caring for grandchildren or aging parents,” said Marilyn …

Paid Sick Leave in NJ

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Health & Wellbeing © iStockPhoto\shironosovPaid sick time for private-sector employees in the two largest cities in New Jersey will soon be a reality. Indeed, new ordinances in Jersey City and Newark will assure these workers of having paid sick time at their disposal if they or a loved one in their care should fall ill. Under these new city ordinances, full time private-sector employees would be entitled to mandated paid sick time after having worked for a specified time period. The number of …

AARP and the National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive, Saturday, May 10th.

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   © NALC More than 9 million Americans 50 and older struggle with hunger every day.  But now, you can do something to help less fortunate Garden State residents.  AARP and the National Association of Letter Carriers is holding it’s 22nd annual Food Drive on Saturday, May 10th.  Please donate non-perishable items from your cabinet, or extra groceries and put them out by your mailbox on Friday night May 9th, or early Saturday morning, May 10th.  Your post office letter …

Caregiving

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   Caregiving is a tough job. In fact, for many caregivers it’s a tough “second” job, as over 70% of New Jersey caregivers are also working. As a result, caregivers often face a long list of challenges that make their day-to-day job that much harder. These challenges range from having to be extremely creative when managing time in order to meet a number of competing demands, to juggling finances in order meet the financial commitment that comes along with caregiving, …