Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing We will never forget the terrible tragedy of 9/11, nor will we forget the tremendous out-pouring of caring, compassion, service and hope that followed. This year to celebrate that spirit of giving, AARP Wisconsin is partnering with United Way of Greater Milwaukee to host a volunteer event to help area seniors become disaster prepared. On September 11, 2014, you are invited to join other Milwaukee-area residents and pack a free emergency preparedness kit for your family. Here are details to …

Make Your Own Emergency Disaster Kit

Posted on 09/3/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Disasters disrupt thousands of lives every year and have lasting effects both to people and property. When disaster strikes, relief organizations will try to help but may not be able to reach you immediately, so we need to be ready ourselves.  September is National Disaster Preparedness Month and it’s our opportunity to get disaster prepared.    This month we hope you will set time aside to create an emergency communications plan to establish how you find and communicate with loved ones …

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 …