A Cold Day Doesn’t Have To Mean No Play

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

We Care for Wisconsin’s Caregivers

Posted on 12/18/2014 by | AARP Wisconsin | Comments

Home & Family We like to refer to the nearly 600,000 family caregivers across Wisconsin as the “silent army of unsung heroes.” Why? Because our AARP studies repeatedly show that people would much rather continue living in their own homes and communities than be moved into a nursing home or other costly institution. Family caregivers are the ones who make that possible. These selfless caregivers help their aging parents, spouses, siblings or other relatives with everything from bathing, shopping and cooking to managing their …

Madison Named Best City in U.S. for Aging

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

Home & Family   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

Home & Family 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 …

WI Gets High Marks For Long-Term Care

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

Home & Family 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. …