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— By Dick Weinman, AARP Volunteer and Assisted Living Guru (Editor’s Note: This is a bi-monthly column and what you learn about assisted living might surprise you!) 2005 sucked. At its beginning, in January, I committed my wife, Ginny, to Lydia’s House, an Alzheimer’s facility. I had been her caregiver in our home for seven years.  As is often the case with home caregivers, the experience made me an emotional wreck. I had never been a pill taker; now I was …

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— The newly released Maine Guide to Building Age-Friendly Communities aims to make it easier for cities and towns across the state to meet the needs of an aging population. Designed for elected officials, municipal planners and citizen activists, the guide explores ways to improve transportation, make streets more walkable, provide housing that is livable at any age and encourage older Mainers to remain active in their communities. “There is no single one-size-fits-all solution to making an age-friendly community,” said Patricia …

Veterans Promotion

— AARP is hosting a Celebration of Freedom on Veterans Day weekend to honor North Carolinians who served in the armed forces. The free event will be Saturday, Nov. 12, from noon to 8 p.m., at the Battleship North Carolina Park in Wilmington. North Carolina ranks eighth in the nation in the number of veterans, with 775,000 resident vets. Everyone is invited to dance to the sounds of the Legacy of Motown Revue and the Imitations band. A free screening of …

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— Tempe is moving forward in its bid to become Arizona’s first “dementia friendly” city by raising awareness about cognitive decline and meeting the needs of its aging population. Tempe is one of several communities nationwide using a road map devised by the nonprofit organization Dementia Friendly America. The goal is to cultivate a culture that fosters quality of life for people with dementia by engaging the business, faith and health care communities in the effort. Community leaders are developing an …

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— Discrimination can lead to financial insecurity and isolation for many LGBT older adults. In Alaska, an AARP-backed coalition recently joined SAGE (Services and Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Elders), a national advocacy group with affiliates in 21 states. SAGE aims to ensure inclusion, security and quality of life for older LGBT adults and pursues policies to address their needs. “LGBT seniors are five times less apt to use senior services for fear of discrimination or not being accepted,” …

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— With nearly a third of its residents 55 and older, St. Petersburg is working to better address the needs of its aging population. The city recently joined the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, part of a World Health Organization initiative. It promotes livability in eight areas: outdoor spaces and buildings, transportation, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication and information, and community support and health services. St. Petersburg officials hope to integrate it with ongoing …

Caregiving Resource Center

— Long-term care is a pressing issue in the Sunshine State. Nearly 2.7 million family caregivers provide 2.5 billion hours of unpaid services annually to help their aging loved ones continue to live at home rather than placing them in nursing homes. Home- and community-based services can relieve the burden on family caregivers by helping with such things as bathing, meals and transportation to medical appointments. But the waiting list for such services is long, and in fiscal year 2014-2015, more …

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— Por George Edmonson St. Petersburg está trabajando para abordar mejor las necesidades de la población de 55 años o más, la cual representa casi un tercio de los residentes. La ciudad se unió recientemente a la Red de AARP de Comunidades Amigables con las Personas Mayores (en inglés), la cual es parte de una iniciativa de la Organización Mundial de la Salud. La ciudad promueve la habitabilidad en ocho áreas: espacios abiertos y edificios, transportación, vivienda, participación social, respeto e …

Stuart Rae, 60, hugs Evelyn Turner, 90, in Broward County after delivering food from Meals on Wheels. Photo by Joshua Prezant.

— By Susannah Nesmith When Betty Black’s father had a stroke in 2012, she felt fortunate that she could take care of him at home, in Jacksonville. She had retired early and could take him to doctor’s appointments. He was also undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. But as the months wore on, Black, now 63, found her own health declining. “When you’re treating stroke and cancer and forgetfulness, he was up all day and all night, so I was up all …

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— The healing process doesn’t end when a patient leaves the hospital. For those treated at the Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center on St. Croix, the transition back home just got a little easier. Under the hospital’s recently launched “Med-to-Bed” program, patients can have their prescription medications delivered to their rooms before they are discharged. This free service helps patients get necessary medications without having to travel to a pharmacy on their way home—a benefit especially useful to …