Heart-ing Family Caregivers Across Washington

Posted on 11/5/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Home & Family By AARP State President Mike Tucker “One might think that the toughest part of caregiving would revolve around shopping, cooking, cleaning and other household duties, interspersed with organizing medications, but it’s not,” says Stuart.  “The greatest challenge is keeping a positive attitude, along with faith and hope, not only for the patient, but also for myself as caregiver,” he says. Stuart is one of more than 1.25 million Washingtonians who perform a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, …

Dreaming About Your Future?

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Leslee Jaquette Drawing on a background in sales and human resource management, Dori Gillam, 62, of Seattle, has for 15 years run a consulting business, Creative Leadership Resources, for boomers on how to make career changes. Two years ago, she began conducting workshops called Positive Endings, advising clients on end-of-life planning. Her path to an encore career was similar to the course of introspection laid out in the AARP Life Re­imagined program. Inspired by the book of the same …

4-Day Clinic Offers Free Medical Care

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family People can receive free medical, dental and vision care at the Seattle/King County Clinic with Remote Area Medical, Oct. 23-26 at KeyArena at Seattle Center, 401 1st Street North. AARP Seattle is one of the sponsors. Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, providers will offer physicals, mammograms, flu vaccines and health screenings; dental cleanings, fillings, extractions and X-rays; eye exams and prescription eyeglasses; and more. Patients do not need to provide identification or proof of citizenship, and interpreters will be …

Support Needed for Family Caregivers

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family By Dana E. Neuts In November 2008, Kathy Petersen made the difficult decision to care for her 80-year-old mother at home, moving the older woman into her small one-bedroom condo in Bellingham. Petersen, now 67, quit her job as a private long-term caregiver to care for her mother, who had Alzhei­mer’s disease. They subsisted on Peter­sen’s Social Security and her mother’s retirement income. “We were living right on the edge of what we could afford,” Petersen recalled. While attending a …

Upcoming free events / Women to Women: Living Longer, Living Smarter

Posted on 08/6/2014 by | AARP Washington | Comments

Home & Family Do you remember the old saying, “A woman’s work is never done?” We would have to agree with it. You’ve worked hard for a place to call home, a family, a job, and maybe a few extras. But life’s still 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. Join “Bankers Life and Casualty Company” and discover how you can better prepare for …

Conference Looks at ‘Aging Your Way’

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family AARP in Seattle is a key sponsor of the upcoming 2014 Community Connections Conference, “Moving from I to We,” set for Thursday, June 26. The daylong event is part of an initiative by the nonprofit agency Senior Services, called Aging Your Way, to help older people shift from a focus on individual needs to ways of working together. During the conference, facilitator Jim Diers, a community development expert, will discuss how to view family and community as a support system …