House Bill 139, the CARE Act, Gives Family Caregivers Formal Role in Patient Care

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

Health & Wellbeing When Betty’s husband suffered from complications during surgery, caring for him also became much more complicated.  “He had to go under the knife twice again and now he has a hole the size of his fist that has to be changed and repacked twice a day,” Betty said. “I was taught to change his dressing and repack his openings. It is a good thing that I have a strong stomach because changing the bandages and repacking his wounds is bad.”  …

New Mexico State Sen. Padilla, Rep. Salazar Named to AARP’s “Capitol Caregivers”

Posted on 01/13/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Health & Wellbeing To recognize their work to support family caregivers in New Mexico, AARP named New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla and State Rep. Tomas Salazar as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers”,a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and three governors from 19 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older New Mexicans to live independently at home—where they want to be.  “AARP thanks both Sen. Padilla and Rep. Salazar for championing House Joint …

Legislative Proposal Could Improve Follow-up Care

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

Health & Wellbeing AARP New Mexico is asking lawmakers to pass legislation this year that could improve communication between hospitals and family caregivers. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would allow each patient to identify a family caregiver, who would be informed when the patient is moved or discharged. In addition, hospital staff would show the caregiver how to perform follow-up care, such as managing medications or dressing wounds, before the patient goes home. “The CARE Act would ensure that family caregivers …

NM Cabinet Secretary to Conduct State Listening Sessions

Posted on 10/10/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Do you have questions about issues facing New Mexico’s senior population? Get those questions answered and take an opportunity to voice your concerns or share your suggestions with New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department Cabinet Secretary Gino Rinaldi.  Secretary Rinaldi will be visiting the towns of Alamogordo, Las Cruces, and Deming for two-hour listening sessions to share information as well as answer questions and gather information from New Mexico residents.  Save the dates at the following locations:  Alamogordo — …

Adelante’s Benefits Connection Center Connects Seniors to Public Assistance Programs

Posted on 08/8/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The National Council on Aging (NCOA) recently selected Adelante Development Center to operate a Benefits Connection Center to help low-income seniors find out which governmental benefits they are eligible to receive and to assist them with the enrollment process. The agency is now providing an easy, coordinated program that helps people gain access to multiple government assistance programs through one source free of charge, making sure that New Mexico’s seniors and people with disabilities have assistance throughout the screening and …

End Hunger in New Mexico Summit Seeks to Identify Ways to End State’s Dismal Hunger Rankings

Posted on 07/9/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Isleta Resort and Casino will be the site of a two-day Summit that will take a comprehensive look at hunger issues across New Mexico with the goal of identifying ways to end hunger in our state.  The End Hunger in New Mexico Summit, set for Thursday and Friday, July 17th and 18th, at the resort will be conducted conference style with a variety of workshops, keynotes and exhibits all focusing on hunger and related issues such as nutrition, public assistance, …