Recycle Your Old Medical Equipment

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 …

CONSUMER CORNER: Spies and Robocallers Are Trying to Reach You by Alan Marx

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Spies and Robocallers Are Trying to Reach You             Let’s start with a disclaimer.  This month’s blog is not about the National Security Agency tapping your cell phone or about the movie “Robocop.”  Instead, it is about two types of devilishly annoying and illegal business practices by private companies and individuals who are trying to get into your personal space. Spies             Aaron’s Rent-To-Own is a national retailer based in Georgia.  It operates through more than 1,300 corporate and nearly …

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER: Love is Noble, Control Is Not (or Take Your Hands off the Wheelchair) by Peter W. Rosenberger

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER: Love is Noble, Control Is Not (or Take Your Hands off the Wheelchair) by Peter W. Rosenberger

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   One of the more challenging aspects of helping a caregiver is “prying the hands off the wheelchair.” So wrapped up in the needs of their loved one, I’ve seen (and been one of) countless numbers of caregivers who valiantly but vainly try and contain that which cannot be contained. The thinking is often: “If I don’t stay glued to the situation, it will spin out of control.” “If someone else tries to help, they will make mistakes that I …

In Sickness and In Health: Romance and Disability by Peter Rosenberger

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Health & Wellbeing    Raising a family and keeping love alive in a marriage with a spouse who is constantly sick or in severe pain is an extreme challenge; one with many casualties. The divorce rate in couples with a disability in the family hovers around 90%—and relationships with a disability or chronic medical condition face significant pressures on the love holding the marriage together. In my many years of caregiving I’ve observed and am learning four particular concepts that help allow love …

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER: 7 Easy Things to Help Keep Vulnerable Loved Ones Safe in their Homes

Posted on 12/26/2013 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Health & Wellbeing When visiting elderly or disabled family members for the holidays, you and/or your siblings may notice that parents are a little less spry—or a disabled loved one may need some extra help.  Here are seven easy things you can do to help shore up safety whether you are visiting their home or having them come to yours. When visiting elderly or disabled family members for the holidays, you and/or your siblings may notice that parents are a little less spry—or …

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER: "NO" is a complete sentence. ~ Peter Rosenberger

CARE FOR THE CAREGIVER: “NO” is a complete sentence. ~ Peter Rosenberger

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   Of the many challenges affecting today’s 65 million volunteer caregivers, one issue seems to loom over them all: boundaries.  In a short-term event such as trauma, surgery, or recoverable illness, the immediate needs of the afflicted usually eclipse the needs of others—and boundaries often go out the window.  With a chronic or permanent malady or disability, however, balance regarding the ongoing needs is required.  Even with ample funds and support help, the caregiver/patient relationship must incorporate healthy boundaries that …