Summit Aims to End Hunger in New Mexico

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | New Mexico AARP New Mexico and AARP Foundation are joining other organizations in an effort to end hunger in the state. The North Central New Mexico Economic Development District is hosting a hunger summit July 17-18 at the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque. The goal is to raise awareness and brainstorm solutions. Participants will learn about programs that mitigate hunger and improve nutrition. New Mexico ranks among the top 10 states for residents age 60-plus at risk of hunger. More than …

Medicare Information Session set for July 30th in Albuquerque

Posted on 06/27/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | New Mexico AARP New Mexico is conducting a free “Red or Green” Listening Session on Medicare basics Wednesday, July 30th, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., at the South Valley Multipurpose Center, 2008 Larrazolo Road SW, Albuquerque. “Red or Green” Listening sessions are informal community conversations that are held on a regular basis in the Albuquerque area covering a variety to topics including Medicare, Social Security and Caregiving If you have questions regarding Medicare, how it works and the different areas such …

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 …