Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour is coming to Wisconsin

Posted on 07/14/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Tour provides health tests, assessments, education and consulting services for FREE! The Walgreens Way to Well Health Tour with AARP rolls in to Southeast Wisconsin this summer as part of a nationwide tour to provide free prevention and early detection health services to underserved communities. The three free health tests, valued at over $100, measure 10 key indicators that include total cholesterol, glucose, blood pressure, body mass index, body composition, skeletal muscle, resting metabolism, visceral fat, real body age and …

WI Gets High Marks For Long-Term Care

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing A just-released study ranks Wisconsin 8th among all states when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of residents. While that’s impressive, we all know that much more must be done to improve services in the Badger state and across the country.  The  Scorecard ranks each state overall and within 26 performance indicators along 5 key dimensions: affordability and access; choice of setting and provider; quality of life and quality of care; support for family caregivers; and, effective transitions. …

Caregivings must ride, not change the waves

Posted on 06/13/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing At some point in their lives nearly everyone will be thrust into the position of needing to provide some level of caregiving services for a loved one. How do you prepare to become one of our nation’s 42 million caregivers? Well, it helps to think of caregiving much like you would approach surfing, says Amy Goyer, who is AARP’s national aging and families expert. Surfers are not frustrated when they hop up on their boards only to get whacked over …

Medical Procedures: Prepare to Ask Good Questions

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

Health & Wellbeing By David Lewellen Pat Finder-Stone woke up with a sharp pain in her abdomen one morning last year. A full day of tests in the emergency room yielded no definitive answers, and she was referred to an oncologist. It might simply be an ovarian cyst, but it could be cancer, the oncologist told her, suggesting a biopsy to find out. Finder-Stone, 85, said no. “I’ve lived a full life and a good life,” she said. And, as a nurse, she …

Milwaukee 41st Most Dangerous for Pedestrians

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing We recently learned the Milwaukee metro area is the 41st most dangerous of the 51 largest metro areas in the nation, according to a new report by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014, ranks metropolitan areas in terms of pedestrian safety. According to the report, 183 Milwaukee metro area residents were killed while walking between 2003-2012. Four of the top five most dangerous metro areas for pedestrians are in …

AARP Applauds Plan to Expand Family Care

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

Health & Wellbeing AARP Wisconsin today applauds Governor Scott Walker’s announcement that Family Care will be expanded into seven northeastern Wisconsin counties that have previously indicated they are ready to take on the long-term care program as soon as possible. “By any measure, this is a win-win for taxpayers and citizens of northeast Wisconsin,” said Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advocacy director for AARP WI. “Family Care is all about giving seniors independence and choices about the services and supports available to meet …