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

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

Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Tennessee 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 …

DOWNSIZING AND DECLUTTERING: Beginner Tips from Amelia the Clutter Queen

Posted on 05/7/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Home & Family | Tennessee   Got too much stuff?  You’re not alone! Summer is around the corner – so open those windows, lift that garage door, and toss that clutter! Don’t know where to start? Well, here are a few tips to help you kick the clutter to the curb! Pick one project: A closet A junk drawer Your desk The pantry   Do not tackle this after a long stressful day.  Start fresh, with a clear mind. This way, you don’t get frustrated …

CONSUMER CORNER: Infomercials – What “They” Do Want You to Know by Alan Marx

Posted on 05/2/2014 by | AARP Tennessee | Comments

Home & Family | Tennessee Kevin Mark Trudeau is 51 years old.  Stories on the internet claim that he was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his high school class in 1981.  He has had many roles in the years since, including best-selling author, radio personality, infomercial host, and salesman.  His books include: Natural Cures “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, More Natural Cures Revealed: Previously Censored Brand Name Products That Cure Disease; The Weight-Loss Cure “They” Don’t Want You to Know About, and …

‘Yellow DOT’ Could Save Lives in a Crash

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

Health & Wellbeing | Tennessee 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 | Home & Family | Tennessee 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

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

Home & Family | Tennessee 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 …