New Jersey’s CARE Act Will Help Women

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

Cold Calls: Limits on New Energy Marketers

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Christina Hernandez Sherwood At meetings last year of the AARP Greater Woods­town Chapter, John F. Hall kept fielding the same questions and hearing the same concerns: Members were annoyed by repeated phone calls from third-party energy suppliers​ encouraging them to switch providers to get lower rates on their electricity. “People were getting confused,” said Hall, the chapter president. “We don’t want people to live in fear of answering the phone.” State Assemblyman Dan Benson (D-Hamilton) also got complaints: “We …

Caregiving

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

Home & Family   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, …

Consumer Advocates Say Landline Service Is a ‘Lifeline’

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Superstorm Sandy had a devastating impact on the Garden State, and now some residents are facing another possible blow. Verizon Communications has decided not to rebuild the copper wire network in storm-stricken communities, instead replacing it with Voice Link—a service that connects home handsets to a wireless network. Voice Link does not support broadband Internet access or medical alert systems, and during disasters, 911 calls may be blocked by network congestion. AARP New Jersey has asked the state Board of …

Property Tax Battles Looming

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Jen A. Miller Mary Keashen, 95, of Cherry Hill, lives on a fixed income in a two-story Cape Cod that she and her husband bought in 1957. When the Homestead Benefit Program was cut by the state legislature for the 2011 fiscal year, her budget was hit. Benefits under the program for the average taxpayer were cut by more than half. So instead of a $1,000 reduction on her $6,400 property tax bill, Keashen got a $510 break. “I …