Resource Cheat Sheet

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

Home & Family © 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? – …

Fight to Keep Phone Landlines Available

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

Home & Family 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 …

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, …