New Scorecard Ranks New Mexico 14th in the Nation For Serving Older Adults, Disabled

Posted on 06/24/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | New Mexico   A new scorecard on long-term services shows that while New Mexico ranks first in the amount it spends on Home and Community Based Services, it ranks 37 in support for family caregivers and 38 in the area of Quality of Life and Quality of Care. Overall the Scorecard gave the state a ranking of 14, but the individual indicators show what areas still need work.  “Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, …

Nominations Sought for 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Home & Family | Local Resources | New Mexico | Volunteering AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2014 New Mexico Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ volunteers who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.  “The Andrus Award for Community Service is a unique opportunity to showcase some of the exceptional volunteers we have in New Mexico who give of their time and talents to make life better for others,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director. “It is …

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 …