A Survey on Family Caregiving: Your Voice Matters!

A Survey on Family Caregiving: Your Voice Matters!

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The State of Washington is looking to help current and future family caregivers!  As Rosalynn Carter once said, “There are only four kinds of people in the world:  1. those who have been caregivers, 2. those who currently are caregivers, 3. those who will be caregivers, and 4. those who will need caregivers.”  We are working hard to improve information and supports for family caregivers across the state. The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) wants to …

Making a Difference for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

Making a Difference for Residents of Long-Term Care Facilities

Posted on 04/21/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Sarah Villain, Communications Manager, Multi-Service Center The elderly have always held a special place in Joanne Chan’s heart.  She’s put this compassion to good use by volunteering for the Washington State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program (LTCOP) operated through Multi-Service Center. For the last three years, Joanne has visited two local long-term care facilities on a weekly basis. She talks with residents about any challenges they may be facing and distributes brochures on resident rights and LTCOP. She also follows …

Insight: A Low Vision Expo, May 17

Insight: A Low Vision Expo, May 17

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Many people with vision loss experience “phantom images” that are often pleasant images such as butterflies, flowers, or even friendly faces.  These visual hallucinations, while lovely, can be unsettling for the person experiencing them. The source of these phantom images is known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome that mysteriously appears with vision loss. Former Harvard Professor, Dr. Mary Lou Jackson is an ophthalmologist and leading researcher on Charles Bonnet Syndrome.  She will present the morning keynote presentation, “Phantom Vision: Charles Bonnet …

WA Residents Saved $50 Million+ on Rx Drugs in 2013 Under the ACA

WA Residents Saved $50 Million+ on Rx Drugs in 2013 Under the ACA

Posted on 03/24/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The numbers are in, and they are impressive – Washington residents on Medicare saved more than $50-million on their prescription drugs in 2013, thanks to the closing of the “donut hole” for prescriptions under the Affordable Care Act – or an average discount per beneficiary of $825. Nationally, 7.9 million people who are on Medicare have saved over $9.927 billion on prescription drugs under the Affordable Care Act and its provision closing the “donut hole,” the gap in Medicare Part …

Register Here for "Decide, Create, Share" events in Western Washington

Register Here for “Decide, Create, Share” events in Western Washington

Posted on 03/11/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Women to Women:  Living Longer, Living Smarter You’ve worked hard for a place to call home, a family, a job, and maybe a few extras.  But life’s calling.  Finding the time to focus on your future is particularly important for women, who generally have more years to cover in retirement with fewer resources. “Do you remember the old saying, ‘A woman’s work is never done?’” asks AARP Outreach Director Cheryl Weber. “That’s why AARP has launched the program called Decide.Create.Share.” …

Women Helping Women Plan Their Futures

Women Helping Women Plan Their Futures

Posted on 12/16/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Two-thirds of Washington women age 50 and older worry about declining physical health and 84 percent worry about staying mentally sharp, according to an AARP survey of female members in the state. In addition, roughly two-thirds are concerned about staying in their own homes and having long-term care or home health care services available as they age. To address these and related issues, AARP Washington is sponsoring a series of Seattle-area free workshops for women in their 40s, 50s and …