4 Ways Businesses Can Support Employee Caregivers

Posted on 07/28/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work The following guest blog was written by Deborah Casey, M.A. — A family caregiver for her mother for 14 years, Deborah is the founder and chief event organizer for CAREGIVERDOWNTIME.COM, a respite project that provides events and other resources for family caregivers. She resides in East Hampton, CT. —   (Scene: The workplace. Monday morning) “How was your weekend?” “Oh, the family all came to my house for a bar-b-que with Dad, but he hardly knew us. My son was …

Important Information for Husky A Medicaid and Medicare Beneficiaries

Posted on 07/24/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources Are you or someone you know a grandparent raising grandchildren or younger than 65 collecting Medicare due to a disability who may have a minor child at home?  The Husky A Medicaid income limit in Connecticut for parents and caretaker relatives of minor children has been decreased from 196% of the federal poverty level to 155% of the federal poverty level effective August 1, 2015.  Approximately 18,547 parents/caregivers who are working will be allowed to maintain their Medicaid coverage as …

CT Family Caregivers Provide $5.9 Billion in Unpaid Care

Posted on 07/21/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family | Press Family caregivers in Connecticut provided 427 million hours of care—worth an estimated $5.93 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled the annual sales ($469 billion) of the four largest U.S. tech companies combined (Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM, and Microsoft) …

New AARP Survey Finds CT Residents at Risk for Fraud, ID Theft

Posted on 07/15/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Finances 50+ | Money & Work | Press Connecticut residents may be putting themselves at risk for investment fraud and identity theft, according to a new survey released by AARP Connecticut as part of its Fraud Watch Network initiative. The new survey of Connecticut adults age 18 and older reveals that many are not checking the backgrounds of financial professionals before hiring them, and many internet users are not aware how they allow certain websites, applications, or hackers access to their personal or financial information. According to the …

AARP Connecticut 2015 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Finances 50+ | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work Thanks largely to the efforts of AARP members and volunteers, the 2015 legislative session included passage of a number of bills that will benefit older residents in Connecticut and their families, including new support for family caregivers, a ban on deceptive variable rate electric contracts, a new uniform power of attorney law and more. CARE ACT One of the most significant victories was the bi-partisan passage of the CARE Act (Public Act 15-32), a top legislative priority for AARP in …

Free Shred Day in Fairfield on July 18

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Connecticut | Comments

Community | Events | Fraud | Press Protect yourself against ID Theft and Fraud by safely shredding your outdated and unwanted personal documents! The Fairfield Police Department and the AARP Fraud Watch Network in Connecticut are sponsoring a Free Shred Day on July 18, 2015 from 10AM-1PM at Veterans Park, 909 Reef Road, Fairfield, CT.  The public is invited to bring up to 2 bags/boxes per car to be safely and securely shredded* at no cost.  You’ll also have access to free information and resources from the …