— Learn how to create a family plan and find the support you need You may care for someone full time, 24/7. Or you may help someone with driving or grocery shopping a couple times a week. Either way, you’re a caregiver. And AARP’s caregiving expert, Amy Goyer, is here to guide you on your journey during the Online CAREversations Workshop. It’s a live, interactive event, so it’s the perfect way for busy people like you to access expert advice, interact …

— Louisiana ranks 40 when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Louisiana include affordability and access and support for family caregivers. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Picking Up …

— Take a virtual tour and learn how to make every room safer. April 12, 2017 6 p.m. CT Are you a family caregiver? If so, don’t miss Home Safe Home, a virtual room-by-room makeover tour on how to make every room in your home safer for loved ones. And stay tuned as caregiving author Sherri Snelling and livable communities expert Karen Kafantaris answer your questions from the studio. What will you learn? Dozens of smart solutions to make any home …

— AARP Louisiana recently recognized Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards as a 2016 Capitol Caregiver. Capitol Caregivers are a bipartisan group of elected officials from across the country who fought for family caregivers in 2016- identifying needs facing caregivers, overcoming barriers to prevent caregivers from getting support, and establishing policies that will help family caregivers have the tools they need to care for their loved ones. Governor Edwards was recognized for his leadership and support of Act 351, also known as …

— Seven out of 10 Americans turning 65 can expect to need long-term care during their lifetime, and 9 out of 10 Louisianans want to live at home as they age. Yet 70 percent of Medicaid funding for long-term care in the state goes to nursing homes. AARP wants to rebalance the long-term care system by shifting more money to services that help people stay in their own homes as they age, which is a more cost-effective use of tax dollars. …

— AARP Louisiana has announced that State Representative Helena Moreno is the recipient of the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award for championing issues that improve the quality of life for older Louisianans. AARP volunteers selected Representative Moreno of New Orleans because she fought for family caregivers on several fronts.  Representative Moreno led the fight on behalf of 600,000 family caregivers by co-authoring the Louisiana Family Caregiver Act and championing the bill on the House side, and led negotiations to craft …

— On Tuesday, Nov. 29  AARP Louisiana presented State Senator Yvonne Colomb with the 2016 Legislator of the Year Award for championing issues that improve the quality of life for older Louisianans. AARP volunteers selected Senator Colomb of Baton Rouge because she fought for family caregivers on several fronts.  Senator Colomb led the fight on behalf of 600,000 family caregivers by authoring the Louisiana Family Caregiver Act, which improves the involvement of family caregivers during their loved one’s hospital stay. She also …

— Nearly 660,000 Louisiana residents are caring for an older parent or other loved one, helping them to live independently at home. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and now there’s support in place that will make life a little bit easier for them. A new law, the Louisiana Family Caregiver Act, goes into effect August 1st and supports family caregivers when thier loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home.  The new law requires hospitals to: Provide your …

— Are you a family caregiver looking for resources that could help you on your journey? Don’t miss AARP’s Online Family Caregiving Fair, Thursday Nov. 17, at 10 a.m. CLICK HERE to register. This free, online-event, will connect you to other family caregivers across the country along with resources and information from more than 20 AARP programs, non-profits and government agencies. Plus, don’t miss a special webinar featuring actress and family caregiving advocate Holly Robinson Peete, best known from 21 Jump …

— Chair yoga, train rides, music, dancing, and more! Join us in New Orleans on Monday, Sept. 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., for our Third Annual Caregivers Retreat. The festivities will take place at the Audubon Zoo & Tea Garden, 6500 Magazine St., and everyone is invited to attend. Speakers will include: Dr. Dr. Corey Hebert, M.D. Chief Executive Officer of Community Health TV, and Chief Medical Editor for WDSU; Pastor Tyrone Jefferson, Abundant Life Tabernacle Church; and Susan …