AARP Legislative Goals: Retirement Security, Caregiving, Consumer Protection

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP New York | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org  Voting Group that Decided Many Races Focuses on Helping Millions of Workers Save for Retirement, Preparing Caregivers, Fighting Unfair Utility Hikes ALBANY, New York – The voting group responsible for electing New York’s lawmakers – the 50+ – has a few key issues on their mind as the 2015 legislative session starts today. AARP New York will focus on retirement security, caregiving, and utility consumer protection. New York’s 50+ voters voted at nearly …

One-on-One Support for Caregivers

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Being a caregiver is one of the most loving gifts a person can give. It can also be a difficult and stressful job. According to a recent AARP survey, nearly 600,000 Long Islanders—more than half of the 1.1 million 50-and-over population—are providing or have provided unpaid care to an adult relative or friend in the last five years. Over half of those with caregiving experience say it places a substantial strain on their work and family life, the survey found. …

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 …