Donna’s Story – Caregiving, FTD, & Memory Loss

Posted on 01/6/2015 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Home & Family My name is Donna and I am a caregiver.  Although I have no formal training, life has given me years of experience.  Each of my parents died in my arms.  I’m currently caregiving for the love of my life, John. Each caregiver’s journey is different. FTD was just a florist to me until 2011. That’s when, holding hands in the neurologist’s office, John and I waited for the results of his brain scans. When we heard “it’s not Alzheimer’s,” tears …

Health Care Issues May Dominate Legislature

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Hollie Deese About two years ago, John Mansfield’s mother, Janie, went from mowing the lawn of her four-acre property with just a gasoline push mower to requiring daily check-ins from a neighbor to make sure she was eating fresh meals and not getting confused and hoarding them. “She started mentally to go downhill—dementia and probably the early signs of Alzheimer’s,” Mans­field said. “She just wasn’t eating or taking care of herself…. At that point, she was in really bad …

Savvy Shopping: Meet Eve

Posted on 11/9/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Home & Family October 28, 2014 My grandmother would have been PROUD of me; “A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned”, she taught.  In my childish perception of her wisdom, I would envision tucking any chance money earned into a mason jar hidden in my room – a jar of money stored away in lieu of the newest toy or fancy I longed for at the time.  That old saying seemed like such a punishment, rather than the means to an end.  I …

CONSUMER CORNER: Travel Scams- Alan Marx

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Home & Family TRAVEL TIPS, AND I GET SCAMMED You have to pay when you travel, but scams travel for free. What works for a con artist in one part of the world can easily jump borders and reappear any place else in a matter of minutes. Today’s blog will focus on travel scams. My reason for choosing this topic is that I fell for one of these cons recently. I am writing with the hope that if you know what could be …

Radio Show Gives Caregivers a Voice

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

Home & Family 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 …

DOWNSIZING AND DECLUTTERING: Arrive Happy ~ by Amelia the Clutter Queen

Posted on 09/16/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Home & Family Arrive Happy! Amelia the Clutter Queen offers tips for downsizing and moving into your new space with a smile on your face!   Tip 1: Do a walk through Grab a piece of paper and walk through your home. Make a list of furniture you will take, the furniture you will sell, and the furniture you can donate. After you complete the list, take action:  Post an ad on Craigslist or your neighborhood Facebook page for items you would like to sell; recruit family/friends …