AARP Utah Recognizes Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Senator Brian Shiozawa as Utah Capitol Caregivers

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Home & Family (Midvale, UT) To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Utah, AARP named Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck and Senator Brian Shiozawa as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and 3 governors from 19 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Utahns to live independently at home—where they want to be. Representative Chavez-Houck and Senator Shiozawa will be formally recognized for this honor today at the …

Tips for Winter Weather Driving

Posted on 12/22/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Home & Family By: Julie E. Lee No matter how many years of driving experience you may have, adverse weather never fails to present a wide variety of driving challenges. Snow, ice, fog and early nightfall are just a few of the dangerous conditions you could encounter during the winter months Knowing how to drive safely in harsh weather conditions can protect you, your passengers and your vehicle. Follow these 5 tips for driving in winter weather to help you stay safe on …

AARP Introduces “Real Possibilities University” in 2014

Posted on 12/12/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Home & Family  AARP’s “Staying Sharp” presentations on brain fitness and financial fraud have always been popular around the state, but for 2014 we decided to add break-out sessions on topics that our state research showed were of particular interest to Utahns 50+.  The topics added for these additional presentations included how to stay active for life; an overview of wills and living trusts; eating healthy; how to maximize Social Security benefits, and how to make your home fit your needs. Our first Real Possibilities …

Tell Us Your Caregiving Story at iheartcaregivers.org

Posted on 12/10/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Home & Family AARP Utah Community Outreach Director Jill Duke of South Jordan cared for her mother-in-law for six years while she still had three children at home and a fulltime job. She made a 120 mile roundtrip visit twice a week to help with medications, provide companionship, and perform everyday errands until her mother-in-law needed round-the-clock care in an assisted living facility. But Jill’s caregiving duties did not stop—she still visited her mother-in-law every day to attend to her physical and emotional …

Help Plan Utah’s Future with Envision Utah

Posted on 11/12/2014 by | AARP Utah | Comments

Home & Family Utah is growing.  By the year 2050, the population will nearly double in size.  This is a continuing trend in the state; Utah has a history of growth and a successful track record of planning for the future.  And that’s where you come in! AARP Utah is proud to partner with Envision Utah to help plan for our future.  Their efforts engage people to create and sustain communities that are beautiful, prosperous, healthly, and neighborly for current and future residents.  …

Family Caregivers Provide $522 billion in Uncompensated Care Per Year

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

Home & Family 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 …