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 …

Utah Pedestrian Safety Can be Improved

Posted on 05/21/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Salt Lake City is a relatively safe place to walk, ranking 33rd out of 51 major metro areas in a report issued by the National Complete Streets Coalition and Smart Growth America.  But more can be done to improve pedestrian safety in the city and in Utah. How was this ranking calculated?  In a nutshell, the most dangerous places are those where the likelihood of someone walking is killed in an accident.  Even though people are walking more to get …

A Pledge to Live Longer and Smarter

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

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz Like snowflakes, no two women are alike. But we do tend to hold one thing in common: we take care of others before we take care of ourselves. As a gift to yourself this Mother’s Day, how about focusing on your own wellbeing? A great place to start is to join AARP’s Decide. Create. Share℠ initiative. It’s designed to help women of any age take steps today to prepare for a healthy, safe and secure tomorrow. Through …

Staying Sharp Workshop Comes to Vernal May 31

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

Health & Wellbeing Aging doesn’t have to entail serious mental decline. The AARP Staying Sharp program offers insights on how the brain works and how to maximize mental function later in life. AARP Utah will host a Staying Sharp session at the Uintah County Library in Vernal on May 31. An expert from the University of Utah will discuss how people of all ages can maintain cognitive health, and will address the particular concerns of those caring for family members or friends with …