Legislative Goal: More Help for Caregivers

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Ann Levin Two years ago, Dorothy Pro­caccini’s father picked up a bacterial infection while hospitalized in Rochester. Krzysztof Kotkowicz, 82, was discharged with orders to finish a course of antibiotics and schedule follow-up visits with a home health care agency. Over the next year, he was back in the hospital five or six times with a recurrence of the infection, C. difficile, known as C. diff, whose symptoms include nausea, fever and diarrhea. When his problems began, Kotkowicz, who …

Teach so They Can Care

Posted on 11/16/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP New York is pressing for legislation that could reduce hospital readmissions by showing family caregivers how to administer follow-up care.  The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would require hospital staff to ask each patient to designate a caregiver, notify the caregiver if the patient is discharged or moved to another facility, and teach the caregiver how to do procedures the patient will need at home, such as dressing wounds or managing medications.  To help with advocacy, AARP New …

AARP Recognizes Silent Army of New Yorkers, Launches “I Heart Caregivers”

Posted on 11/6/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org NOVEMBER IS NATIONAL FAMILY CAREGIVERS MONTH NEW YORK, N.Y. –November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 42 million Americans, 4.1 million in New York State, who help care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones so they can remain at home – as opposed to costly institutions. In New York State alone, family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at a staggering $32 billion annually. Mary D’Ercole Pritchard of …

You Can Help Needy Families This Thanksgiving

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing For a quarter of a million Long Islanders who struggle to put food on the table, Thanksgiving can be a difficult time of year. To help these families celebrate the holiday, AARP Long Island is partnering with Long Island Cares Inc.-The Harry Chapin Food Bank to carry out the annual WALK Radio Thanks for Giving Food Drive Nov. 10 through Nov. 20. The drive begins with AARP volunteers collecting food donations at various King Kullen supermarkets throughout Long Island. As …

AARP Report: New York on Track for Billion-Dollar Baby Boomer Flight Problem

Posted on 09/8/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Contacts: David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org; Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org AARP, City & State Join with Comptroller DiNapoli, State & National Leaders to Look at 50+ Economy & Impact – Problems & Solutions to Boomer Flight Albany, New York – Baby Boomers in New York State’s workforce are set to deliver a whopping $179 billion a year to the state’s economy in their retirement – if they stick around, that is. A new AARP report out today says that 60% of working Boomers …

Rep. Slaughter Moves to Ensure Women’s Health Weighted in Clinical Testing of Rx

Posted on 07/25/2014 by | AARP New York | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Contact: Erik Kriss ekriss@aarp.org; David Irwin dirwin@aarp.org AARPNY Commends Congresswoman for Co-Sponsoring Bill to Increase Testing of Drugs’ Impacts on Women ROCHESTER, New York – When it comes to clinical trials for new drugs, all things are not created equal – and Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport (NY-25) wants to change that. As drugs can have different effects on women and men, today, AARP New York praised the Congresswoman for taking a stand for equality in medical research by becoming one of …