Easing Transitions from Hospital to Home

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

Health & Wellbeing AARP North Dakota is urging lawmakers to pass legislation in 2015 that could reduce hospital readmissions and ease patients’ transition from hospital to home. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would allow each patient to designate a family caregiver and ensure the caregiver is notified if the patient is moved or discharged. The bill also would require the hospital to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up medical tasks needed at home, such as managing medications or dressing wounds. …

Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollment Now Open; Find Local Help in North Dakota Here

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Open enrollment season for the Health Insurance Marketplace began Nov. 15 and runs until Feb. 15, 2015. You can take advantage of open enrollment whether you’re insured and looking for better coverage or if you don’t have insurance and need to enroll for the first time. Remember, the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) made obtaining health insurance coverage possible for millions of Americans. Regardless of your health history, you can’t be turned down for coverage. Please note: The Marketplace is not …

Are You Among North Dakota’s 75,000 Family Caregivers? Tell Us Your Caregiving Story

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing There’s a silent army of family caregivers in this country that includes more than 100,000 North Dakotans each year. These family caregivers work tirelessly, taking on a great labor of love to ensure that their loved ones – from spouses, siblings, parents, grandparents, and friends – can live independently, with dignity, at home. They’re always on call – often with no breaks or paid vacations. And their voices need to be heard. One of those voices might even be yours. …

December 2014 AARP North Dakota Newsletter – Your Latest News

Posted on 11/24/2014 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Check out the December 2014 AARP North Dakota News. Stories include: A preview of some of the issues we’ll be working on during the 2015 session of the North Dakota Legislature. Our search for a new state volunteer president. Where to get help during the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period. How to protect yourself from holiday scams. A request for your caregiving story. and the latest schedule of driver safety classes around the state. If you’d like to receive …

Get Help with Medicare Open Enrollment

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP encourages everyone with Medicare to take advantage of this year’s Medicare Open Enrollment period Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to review their health and prescription drug plans for 2015. AARP wants people to know the Medicare plan changes that can be made, the four things to consider, and how to make changes. “Whether you have original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage plan, don’t miss this seven-week window to make changes to your insurance coverage,” said Nicole Duritz, AARP Vice …

330 Pounds of Food Donated by Members at ‘AARP Night at the Museum’

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP North Dakota | Comments

Health & Wellbeing People who attended AARP Night at the Museum July 31 at the North Dakota Heritage Center collectively donated 330 pounds of food and paper products, which was given to Ministry on the Margins in Bismarck. “Your food drive was such a blessing to us,” said Michael Schneider, who volunteers with the food bank. “In July we served 142 household and distributed nearly 4,000 pounds of food. We could not do this without caring and generous partners like AARP!” AARP members …