AARP NM, Links Inc., to Present “Prepare to Care” for Families

Posted on 04/8/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Often people become family caregivers by circumstance. It starts slowly – you find yourself helping your loved one by running errands, sorting through bills, and picking up prescriptions. But how do you know when it’s time to become a full-time caregiver and who all should be involved in that discussion? Preparing to Care will be the focus of a special presentation by AARP New Mexico with the Links Inc., French Funerals and the Southwest Women’s Law Center. This free event …

Memorial Creates NM Task Force on Family Caregiving

Memorial Creates NM Task Force on Family Caregiving

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

Health & Wellbeing In the last few minutes of the 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session, lawmakers endorsed the idea of developing a family caregiver state plan.  House Joint Memorial 4, sponsored by Rep. Tomás Salazar and shepherded through the Senate by Sen. Michael Padilla, was passed by the Senate 13 minutes before adjournment. “We hear over and over again that people, who are taking care of a loved one, don’t consider themselves caregivers. It’s just something they do,” said Gene Varela, AARP New …

New Year, New Goals, Life Reimagined

New Year, New Goals, Life Reimagined

Posted on 12/22/2013 by | AARP MT Region | Comments

Health & Wellbeing I know that for so many of us this time of the year is synonymous with business-as-not-usual. For a variety of reasons, whether it be the holidays, or the family time, or the craziness of shopping and gift giving, this “most wonderful time of year” is different from any other. For many people it is a time to take in the big picture of life, see where we’ve come, and figure out where we’re going. Or better yet, where we …

You’re Covered– With a Little Help from the Affordable Care Act

You’re Covered– With a Little Help from the Affordable Care Act

Posted on 12/2/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz, Vice President of Health at AARP in the Education and Outreach group John Hodgman, a sharp-witted comedian who occasionally appears on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” took a decidedly unfunny turn on Twitter on Oct. 1, the day the Health Insurance Marketplace went online. “Young people: sign up for healthcare. Take it from me –YOU ARE NOT IMMORTAL,” Hodgman urged his Twitter followers. Regardless of your age or current health, now that the Health Insurance Marketplace …

The Eye Of The Tiger

The Eye Of The Tiger

Posted on 10/27/2013 by | AARP MT Region | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In my very first blog post a few months ago I cited my favorite Kierkegaard-ism about life only being understood looking backwards, but having to be lived forwards. I’ve been giving this some thought during the last week as I really try to imagine something different. No, no time machines under construction here, and I really don’t want to turn the paradigm around by living life backwards. But gosh darn it, I AM talking about the ubiquitous quandary of how we understand life …

Don’t Miss the Medicare Open Enrollment Window of Opportunity

Don’t Miss the Medicare Open Enrollment Window of Opportunity

Posted on 10/4/2013 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz After 45 years as a pediatric nurse, my neighbor Sue enjoys her retirement. She has traveled with her husband, taken up yoga, and bonded deeply with her five grandkids. Since her retirement 3 years ago, she has been on Medicare. Earlier this year, Sue had a health scare. While she recovered well, Sue now takes new medications that her current Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) doesn’t cover. Lucky for Sue and for others with Medicare, she …