Provo and Salt Lake City Rank in Top Five of “Best Cities for Successful Aging”

Posted on 11/19/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Utah is known for its fabulous skiing, beautiful national parks (five of them, the most in the country) and clean living, but it’s also recognized as one of the best states for successful aging according to an index released by the Milken Institute on November 18.  Provo was ranked third and Salt Lake City was ranked fifth of 352 U.S. cities in their index, which realizes that most Americans want to age at home and in place as opposed to …

Family Caregivers Provide $522 billion in Uncompensated Care Per Year

Posted on 11/6/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Family caregivers in the U.S. spend an estimated 30 billion hours per year caring for older family and friends. That’s about $522 billion in care, according to a new Rand Corp. study, as measured by valuing the time caregivers have sacrificed in order to be able to provide care. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion annually. An AARP study found nearly half of …

Volunteers Needed for Tax Aide and Driver’s Safety

Posted on 08/28/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP UTAH SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR FREE TAX ASSISTANCE AND DRIVER SAFETY Please join AARP Utah as a volunteer for these fabulous programs! Tax Aide provides free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation.  This is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service.  AARP Foundation Tax-Aide thrives due …

Hands on the Wheel, Eyes and Mind on the Road

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing State lawmakers have cracked down on careless driving by tightening restrictions on using a handheld phone behind the wheel. Under a law that took effect May 13, using one’s hands while driving to dial a number, search the Internet, select a song or take a photo is illegal. Texting while driving already was illegal in Utah. “This ban will help make our streets safer for drivers, passengers and pedestrians,” said Alan Ormsby, AARP state director. Nationwide, distracted driving has been …

Utah Voters Support Governor’s “Healthy Utah” Plan to Expand Medicaid

Posted on 06/20/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Medicaid expansion is still a hot potato issue in Utah, with the Utah Legislature failing to agree what if any expansion should occur in the state for the program.   Medicaid is a federal program run by the states that provides health care coverage to the lowest income Americans. In order to qualify in Utah, you not only have to be low income, but you must also fall into a category of eligibility such as being a pregnant women, a …

New Scorecard Says Utah Needs Significant Improvement for Caregivers of Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing (Midvale, UT)  Utah ranks 39th overall among the 50 states and the District of Columbia when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, indicating more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve long-term supports and services in the state.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state report, Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers Scorecard from AARP with support of …