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

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

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | New Mexico 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 …

Social Security Reduces Poverty Among Residents Age 65+

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work | New Mexico Social Security keeps nearly a third of New Mexico residents age 65 and older out of poverty, according to a recent report from the AARP Public Policy Institute. About one in 10 lives in poverty even with Social Security income. Nearly 132,000 New Mexicans 65-plus rely on Social Security for at least 50 percent of their family income, and more than 71,000 depend on Social Security for at least 90 percent of family income. “Social Security helps communities too, because …

AARP New Mexico Information Center Volunteers Honored for Work with AARP Driver Safety

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

About AARP | New Mexico | Volunteering Representatives of the AARP New Mexico State Office and AARP Driver Safety will be honoring AARP New Mexico’s Albuquerque Information Center volunteers in April. In 2013, the Center had the most participants in Driver Safety courses held at the Center compared to all other AARP Information Centers and AARP State Offices that hosted classes. A plaque honoring this achievement will be presented at the April luncheon. “AARP Driver Safety would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the AARP …

Memorial Creates NM Task Force on Family Caregiving

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

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | New Mexico 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

About AARP | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work | New Mexico 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 …

AARP NM Names Long-Time Senior Advocate Top 2013 Volunteer

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

About AARP | Events | New Mexico | Volunteering Mary Beavis, of Albuquerque, has been named AARP New Mexico’s 2013 Andrus Award winner. The award is named for AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus and is given to a volunteer who most exemplifies her example and motto of  “to serve, not to be served.”  “Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus would be pleased that this year’s recipient of the Andrus Award was, like herself, a teacher,” said Jackie Cooper, AARP New Mexico State President. “Mary knew her way around a high …