A Cold Day Doesn’t Have To Mean No Play

Posted on 01/6/2015 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing It might not be the “snow days” we remember as kids, but the frigid temps outside are definitely deserving of a “cold day”. Here are some fun ideas to help you keep busy while staying inside where it’s nice and warm. Bake a batch of cookies. Better yet, only bake a few and stash the extra dough in the freezer for a warm treat later. Read a book. Cozy up with a blanket or take a bubble bath and pull out the …

Dementia Awareness ‘Takes a Village’

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By David Lewellen When Julie Anderl was diagnosed with dementia in her early 50s, her mother, Janet Rubenzer-Pike, faced a crisis that few parents expect. “Who thinks their child is going to have dementia?” she asked. “It was such a shock.” But, Rubenzer-Pike said, “It takes a village”—and their town of Chippewa Falls has become a leader in raising awareness of dementia among businesses. Anderl, 55, had been a well-known attorney in the town of almost 14,000, especially at 4:30 …

Madison Named Best City in U.S. for Aging

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing   The Milken Institute, a Los Angeles-based think tank, just released its first-of-its-kind index of the “Best Cities for Successful Aging,” and 11 Wisconsin metro areas are on the list, including Madison, which was ranked number one. The index measures and ranks the performance of 352 U.S. metropolitan areas in promoting and enabling successful aging. Madison topped the list for large metro areas, while Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis was ranked number 29. Nine Wisconsin metro areas named to the “small metro” list …

I Heart Caregivers in Wisconsin

Posted on 11/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Across Wisconsin, more than 766,000 unsung heroes care for parents, spouses, aunts, uncles, friends, and other loved ones – helping them stay at home, with dignity, as they age. This silent army helps with bathing and dressing, transportation, meal preparation, and even complicated medical tasks like wound care and medication management. They are family caregivers. AARP recently launched a new initiative called I Heart Caregivers to recognize and honor family caregivers who give their hearts each and every day; to share their …

Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins

Posted on 11/14/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period is an important opportunity for Wisconsinites who have coverage through the Marketplace to review your plan and compare options to make sure your plan still works for you. This is also an important opportunity for people who do not have health insurance to get coverage. If you are uninsured, the Marketplace is where you can go to shop for coverage and find a plan that fits your needs. And you may be able …

Make the Most of Medicare Open Enrollment

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Medicare open enrollment, which begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7, is the one time each year when you can make changes to get the health and drug coverage that fit you best. Your needs and Medicare plan benefits can change over time, so use the open enrollment period to compare your options and if necessary, switch to another Medicare plan that fits you better. You can compare the plans available in your area, and enroll in a new …