Recycle Your Old Medical Equipment

Recycle Your Old Medical Equipment

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

Home & Family 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 …

DOWNSIZING & DECLUTTERING: Meet the Clutter Queen ~ Amelia Hatcher

DOWNSIZING & DECLUTTERING: Meet the Clutter Queen ~ Amelia Hatcher

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Home & Family My Granddad used to joke around and tell me…’when something happens to your grandmother and me, you need to just toss a match on this house!’  I always laughed and never thought much about it until after my granddad passed away. I started helping my grandmother with cleaning, paying her bills, buying groceries etc. No matter how hard I worked in her home day in and day out, it always stayed the same. I moved one pile here and there …

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

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

Home & Family 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 …

Volunteers Band Together to Revitalize Neighborhoods

Volunteers Band Together to Revitalize Neighborhoods

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP Tennessee is recruiting volunteers to help make a Nashville neighborhood more livable. In cooperation with Rebuilding Together Nashville, AARP members will gather May 29-31 to work on home improvements for 15 houses owned by low-income families. In addition, the volunteers will install a playground and revitalize the area with landscaping and community gardens. AARP also seeks volunteers for similar projects in Kingsport, Crossville, Murfreesboro, Clarksville and Memphis. Good with your hands or at organizing people? Contact Tara Shaver at …

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

Home & Family   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

Home & Family    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 …