Life Reimagined Helps You Examine Goals, Options

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Hollie Deese When Zif Berry, a retired Texas school administrator, lost her husband 3½ years ago, she knew she needed a change. Suddenly, her days were quiet and her beloved home near Austin was just too much to handle alone. “With all the maintenance and upkeep, it was not the right place for me anymore,” she said. With the assistance and approval of her family, she moved in with her daughter and grandchildren in Brentwood 15 months ago. “That …

LIFE REIMAGINED: Fostering can Expand Possibilities

Posted on 07/16/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   Age and experience can expand your possibilities …and possibilities aren’t limited to humans Life transitions often force us to reevaluate our lives and figure out our “what’s next.” An empty nest, divorce, the death of a spouse, the end of caregiving, phased or full-on retirement – any of these things can leave a void, and a yearning. For something. More. Different. New. In exploring our possibilities, the desire to give back often surfaces. There are many ways to help …

CONSUMER CORNER: Where DID your medicine come from? ~ By Alan Marx

Posted on 07/10/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   Do you know where your medicine came from? …and do you want pasta with that? As we age most of us learn far more about medicine than we ever wanted to know. We also discover how expensive pharmaceuticals are. Unless you are very lucky, the cost of the medicines you need to stay healthy and alive is a significant part of your budget. Scammers know this, and they are active in this area trying to relieve you of your …

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER: The Guilt of Unilateral Decisions by Peter Rosenberger

Posted on 05/11/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Sitting across the table from a man caring for his wife who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, I couldn’t help but see the weariness in his eyes on his face. When a mutual friend asked me to meet with him, the comment was simply, “He’s worn out, and I think you could be of help to him.” “Worn Out” seemed to be an understatement. Stirring his coffee, this retired physician reflected, “I miss playing golf with my friends.” Listening for a …

‘Yellow DOT’ Could Save Lives in a Crash

Posted on 05/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In the “golden hour” after a serious auto accident, a yellow dot could save your life. AARP Tennessee is encouraging motorists to participate in the state’s Yellow DOT program, which provides identification and critical health information to first responders at the scene of a crash. Drivers simply attach a free, state-issued sticker to their car’s back window and place a yellow envelope in the glove compartment. Papers inside include information on allergies, medications, preexisting conditions, a photo and contact numbers—all …

Recycle Your Old Medical Equipment

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing When their son Coleman was left paralyzed in an auto accident three years ago, Judy and Denver Collins vowed they would do whatever it took to care for him. But taking him to doctors’ appointments, helping him get around and keeping him healthy has proved costly. They found that insurance doesn’t always pay for medical equipment their son desperately needs. That’s why the Palmyra couple are grateful they’ve been able to get donated wheelchairs and a specialized mattress for their …