Season’s Cheatings! Get Wise to Holiday Shopping Scams

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

Health & Wellbeing Black Friday has kicked off the official holiday shopping season, so here’s a rundown of the most common scams aimed at shoppers — and how you can avoid them: The name game Scammer-run websites use the names of popular items and retailers to steal credit card and password information or deliver malware. You’re led to them when you do online keyword searches, including terms like “discount toys.”  Top Seasonal Scams to Avoid Search away to compare prices, but before you click on …

10 Tips for Caregivers During the Holidays

Posted on 12/4/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing During the busy holiday season, family caregivers – over 268,000 right here in New Hampshire – already feel overwhelmed with daily responsibilities, leaving them vulnerable when the stress of the holidays arrive.  Turning to unhealthy behaviors – drinking more eggnog, eating more sweets, getting fewer hours of shut-eye, and forgoing exercise – is not the answer.  AARP’s Amy Goyer, a caregiving expert and caregiver herself, offers this list of helpful tips to help family caregivers come through the holiday season …

Drowsy Driving: the Forgotten Impairment

Posted on 11/17/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Most drivers know drowsy driving is risky, yet too many still do it. Of course we cannot always get enough sleep as easily as we can avoid alcohol and drugs, but we must try, because drowsiness can be every bit as dangerous. It causes 100,000+ crashes nationally every year, killing over 1,500 of us and injuring at least 40,000 more. And those are conservative estimates, because drowsiness is so difficult to quantify and track. According to AAA Foundation for Traffic …

Are you a caregiver? Tell your story.

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

Health & Wellbeing   Across Vermont unsung heroes care for parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, friends, and other loved ones – helping them stay at home, with dignity, as they age. This silent army helps with bathing and dressing, transportation, meal preparation, and even complicated medical tasks like wound care and medication management. They are family caregivers. AARP recently launched a new initiative called I Heart Caregivers to recognize and honor family caregivers who givetheir hearts each and every day; to share their stories; and, to …

Memory Loss and Alzheimer’s Presentation

Posted on 10/17/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Get the Facts: If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a dementia it is time to learn the facts. This program discusses the difference between normal aging and dementia, explores how the brain works, defines dementia and goes through the different stages of the disease, explains the importance of clinical trials and gives an overview to the programs and services offered by the Alzheimer’s Association. Join us Tuesday, November 4 from 6:00-7:30 pm at the …

Have you saved enough to cover health care costs?

Posted on 10/8/2014 by | AARP Vermont | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Today, AARP released a new survey that says more than half of working Americans over age 50 (55%) don’t think they’ll have enough money for health care as they reach the age they expect to retire. While Medicare only covers about half of health costs, four in ten (38%) say they haven’t saved anything at all for such expenses even though multiple studies show that these costs often reach more than $200,000 for a retired couple. AARP also found that …