Highly Trained Nurses Can Play Greater Role

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

Health & Wellbeing Highly trained nurses know a lot more than how to take a patient’s pulse and temperature. Advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) can evaluate patients, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and prescribe medications. So why not give them authority to practice to the full extent of their training? AARP Tennessee is working with nursing leaders and educators to push for legislation in 2015 that would allow the more than 10,000 APRNs in the state to provide more primary care services without …

Radio Show Gives Caregivers a Voice

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Radio host and AARP volunteer Peter Rosenberger has this to say about caregivers: “If you live long enough, you’ll need one. If you love someone, you’ll be one.” Caring for a frail loved one takes a lot of energy and compassion, and through a radio show sponsored by AARP Tennessee, Rosenberger, 51, offers a voice and a listening ear to family caregivers. He has been his wife’s caregiver for 30 years, helping her through 78 operations, the amputation of both …

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 …