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

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 — …

Fall Festival Brings Families Together for Music and Fun

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP New Mexico invites members and nonmembers alike to its fourth annual Fall Festival. The event is Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hispanic Cultural Center’s Plaza Mayor in Albuquerque. “We are so excited to be doing this again,” said Shanna Lapsley, AARP associate state director for multicultural outreach. “What draws people back to this event year after year is that it really celebrates family.” The festival features live music, children’s games, face painting and …

Annual Fall Festival Mixes Family Fun with Important Resources

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Home & Family It’s a day of family fun, good music and community resources. Join AARP New Mexico for its Fourth Annual Fall Festival Saturday, Oct. 18th, in Albuquerque.  “One of the things that continue to make this event so much fun and such a success is that it attracts families across several generations,” said Shanna Lapsley, AARP New Mexico Associate State Director for Multi-Cultural Outreach. “There really is something for everyone.” The main stay of the event is a resource fair that …