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 …

Spreading the Word About the Health Law

Spreading the Word About the Health Law

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Dana E. Neuts In her 35 years as a registered nurse, Lynne Treat, 66, of Chehalis, saw thousands of patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes deplete their savings to pay for medical care. This was particularly true of dialysis patients, including end-stage renal patients, a medically fragile population that requires costly care. “I encountered many uninsured individuals desperately in need of health care,” Treat said. “Some received care in a community indigent clinic, but most relied on the …

Governor Inslee Hosts Aging Summit

Governor Inslee Hosts Aging Summit

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Governor Jay Inslee hosted his first Aging Summit at the Talaris Conference Center on October 1st. The Summit brought together thought leaders, elected officials, and advocates for seniors to brainstorm new ideas for aging in our state. The event was hosted by “Governing” magazine publisher Erin Waters and featured a keynote speech by Stanford University professor Dr. Laura Carstensen. After the welcome from Governor Inslee and the speakers, the audience broke up into breakout groups to discuss various aspects of …