We Need to Talk – Giving Up the Car Keys – seminar leaders available to speak

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

Home & Family Northern Virginia traffic can be a nightmare! Keeping safe on the roads is a concern to all of us, especially those of us with aging parents. How do you know when it’s time for your loved one to limit or stop driving? It’s a tough subject for most families, but it’s a serious matter. Now there’s help. AARP is happy to offer We Need to Talk, a free workshop to help you determine how to assess your loved ones’ driving …

SUPPORTING FAMILY CAREGIVERS AND WORKERS TOP AARP VIRGINIA PRIORITIES

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

Home & Family 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 …

Free Workshop: Modifying Your Home to Fit Your Changing Life Style

Posted on 01/10/2015 by | AARP Virginia | Comments

Home & Family Modifying Your Home to Fit Your Changing Life Style Small changes in your home can make a big difference. They can enable you to thrive as your living situation changes and make life easier for visitors to your home—from grandchildren to adult children and friends. Attend this free workshop to find out how simple changes to your home can create an environment where everyone is welcome, and everyone can flourish.   Wednesday, March 11, 2015 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon …

Caregivers matter. You can make a difference.

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …