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

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

AARP Foundation Tax Aide To Provide Free Assistance Beginning in Feb. 2014

Posted on 01/17/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Home & Family AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45thyear, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service.   “Tax Aide provides a valuable service to people who might have trouble filing a basic return …

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Four Things You Didn’t Learn in Driver’s Ed

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

Home & Family By Julie E. Lee, Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety in the Education & Outreach group Life on the road looks quite a bit different today than it did when most of us older drivers got our driver’s licenses. Formal driver’s education – or “driver’s ed” courses – first became available in the U.S. in the 1930s, and just as the rules of the road, automobiles and roadway infrastructure are constantly changing, so too are the safety …

Music, Games, Information at Oct. 19  Festival

Music, Games, Information at Oct. 19 Festival

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP New Mexico will hold its third annual Fall Festival Oct. 19 in Albuquerque. The free event features music, refreshments, games and information about community resources. Last year nearly 700 people attended the festival. This year’s event will feature well-known local acts, from mariachi bands to contemporary musicians. “The Fall Festival brings the community together for some simple fun and family time, while showcasing what AARP and other neighborhood organizations have to offer,” said Shanna Lapsley, AARP associate state director …

AARP Expert Amy Goyer's Personal Story on Caregiving Resonates with Conference Audience

AARP Expert Amy Goyer’s Personal Story on Caregiving Resonates with Conference Audience

Posted on 08/30/2013 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Home & Family Amy Goyer, AARP’s Caregiving and Family Expert, could have used statistics and charts to bring home the point that caregiving is expensive and difficult. Instead she simply told a story – her story — of her parents failing health and their journey together as Goyer rearranged her life to gradually, and at points not so gradually, take over their care. By the time she was finished giving her keynote address at the 35th Annual New Mexico Conference on Aging, Aug. …