Register for Emory’s Winter AARP Driver Safety Course

Posted on 11/23/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

In partnership with Emory University (Emory Continuing Education), the AARP Driver Safety class helps participants identify individual problem areas, which helps to improve their own driving behavior. Completing this course and submitting your certificate to your insurance company may result in a reduction of up to 10% in your insurance premiums! Register between now and Jan 6: Photo Credit: Emory Photo/Video  

1.3 Million Georgia Caregivers Need Your Help: Please Sign our Petition

Posted on 11/18/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

AARP Georgia is working to support the state’s family caregivers – an unpaid silent army over 1 million strong who help make it possible for older Georgians to live independently at home, where they want to be. We need your help to do more for these family caregivers. Download a copy of the petition, here. In Georgia alone, over 1.3 million people are caregivers to other adults, providing care valued at a staggering $14 billion annually. Many people incorrectly assume …

AARP Recognizes Family Caregivers Across United States Presents Portrait of Care to Sherleen Rew from Sharpsburg

Posted on 11/13/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans –more than 1.3 from Georgia – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $14 billion in Georgia alone. Sherleen Rew from Sharpsburg is one of these unsung heroes. She says, “I …

AARP Georgia Recognizes Sarah Ridgeway as 2015 Andrus Awards Winner

Posted on 11/5/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

Atlanta’s Sarah Ridgeway has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the 2015 AARP Georgia Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Georgia selected Sarah Ridgeway for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. “AARP is excited to shine a light on 50+ Georgians who are using what they’ve learned …

AARP Thank a Vet Campaign Supports Veterans and Their Families

Posted on 11/5/2015 by | AARP GA | Comments

AARP is saying thank you to the countless veterans and military men and women who have done so much to serve and protect through a special promotion in honor of Veterans Day. Until November 16, AARP will offer a discounted membership rate up to 20% off for veterans, their families, and anyone interested in joining or renewing. A portion of the member dues will be used to help support various Veteran’s organizations in local communities across the country that provide …

Caregiving: Challenges and Joys

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

By Ann Hardie The three-story red brick house in Marietta is a study in the demands and rewards of caregiving. Vickie Beaham and her partner, Liz Strickland, care for Beaham’s 100-year-old grandmother, who is mentally sharp but has congestive heart failure. For nine years, the couple has also cared for Strickland’s 84-year-old mother, who has mild dementia, and her 87-year-old father, who has advanced Alzheimer’s. Having them at home costs about $10,000 a month. Strickland and Beaham, both 56, have …