HB 1413 AND SB 851 WOULD HELP FAMILY MEMBERS CARING FOR LOVED ONES AT HOME

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy AARP TO FOCUS ON CAREGIVER LEGISLATION DURING LOBBY DAY ON JANUARY 27  RICHMOND_ AARP members and family caregivers will head to the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday, January 27 to urge their legislators to pass a bill to help people who care for family members at home. More than 100 people are expected to visit their legislators on Tuesday morning.  Use this link to send a message to your representative in the Virginia House of Delegates. Virginia’s 1.7 million family …

SUPPORTING FAMILY CAREGIVERS AND WORKERS TOP AARP VIRGINIA PRIORITIES

Posted on 01/12/2015 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy RICHMOND _  AARP volunteers head to the Virginia General Assembly this week to ask legislators to help caregivers who take care of family members and to start a program to help workers save for retirement. With more than 1 million members in Virginia, AARP is the largest organization working on behalf of people age 50+ in the Commonwealth. When lawmakers head to the capitol on Wednesday, AARP Virginia advocates will ask them to pass House Bill 1413, which will help …

Caregivers matter. You can make a difference.

Posted on 01/8/2015 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy More than 1.7 million family caregivers in Virginia help their parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, and other loved ones live independently at home – where they want to be.  While they wouldn’t have it any other way, family caregiving can be a big job and a little help could make a world of difference.   Many family caregivers perform a variety of nursing/medical tasks including medication management, injections, wound care, and more – tasks once provided only by medical professionals (or doctors …

Here’s the Patient: You’re on Your Own

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy By Tamara Lytle Michael Gray felt helpless and alone while taking care of his cancer-ravaged mother for 3½ years. Now he’s left with the memory of the morning she sat on the side of her bed, gasping for air. “I didn’t know what to do,” he said. The oxygen machine deliveryman had showed him how to turn it on, but not what to do in this sort of emergency. When the ambulance arrived, it was too late, and she died …

Aquí tienes al paciente; arréglatelas como puedas

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Por Tamara Lytle Michael Gray se sintió solo y desamparado mientras estuvo a cargo del cuidado de su madre enferma de cáncer durante tres años y medio. Conserva el recuerdo de aquella mañana en la que ella se encontraba sentada en su cama, jadeando. “No sabía qué hacer”, dijo. El proveedor de la máquina de oxígeno le había enseñado cómo encenderla, pero no lo que debía hacer en este tipo de emergencia. Cuando llegó la ambulancia, era demasiado tarde, y …

Most Voters Want State-Run Retirement Plan

Posted on 12/19/2014 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Advocacy AARP Survey Shows Many Virginians Haven’t Saved for Retirement  RICHMOND – A new AARP survey has found that most registered voters age 45 and older living in Virginia support a state retirement savings plan.  “Workplace pension plans are scarce, only about half of employees have access to retirement savings programs like 401(k)s and individuals haven’t saved enough to retire comfortably,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “It’s time for the state to take action to halt this looming crisis.” …