Helping People with Dementia and Their Caregivers

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources As the oldest boomers draw close to turning 70, Nebraska lawmakers have called for a plan to help state agencies prepare for more cases of dementia and to identify gaps in services. Already, about 33,000 Nebraskans age 65 and older suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and that number is expected to grow by about 20 percent over the next decade. The Aging Nebraskans Task Force aims to identify existing resources that could help dementia patients and their caregivers, and to develop …

Catch one of the world’s leading experts on outsmarting con artists…in Omaha

Posted on 08/18/2015 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Community | Events | Fraud | Press Guess who’s coming to Omaha on Sept. 10? Between the ages of 16 and 21, he successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks.  In case you didn’t read the best-selling book…spoiler alert…he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. For over 40 years, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists. He is one of …

Nebraska Town Halls on Alzheimer’s Disease Coming Soon

Posted on 08/6/2015 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving The Aging Nebraskans Task Force invites the public to attend upcoming town hall meetings on Alzheimer’s Disease in Kearney on Aug. 27, Omaha on Sept. 15 and Alliance on Sept. 29. Participants at the events will discuss the development and implementation of a Nebraska Alzheimer’s Disease Plan. Family caregivers and people living with Alzheimer’s are encouraged to attend and add their voice to the discussion. The plan will assess the current impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in our …

Nebraska Alzheimer’s Disease Plan prepares for 20 percent increase in next decade

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

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family About 33,000 older Nebraskans currently have Alzheimer’s disease. That number is expected to jump by more than 20 percent in the next ten years as the population ages and the oldest boomers turn 80. “Now is the time to prepare for the growing number of Nebraskans with Alzheimer’s disease expected to occur over the next decade,” said Mark Intermill, advocacy director for AARP in Nebraska. “Unpaid family caregivers will be providing the majority of the care for their affected loved …

Register Today for Free Retirement Planning Sessions in August

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

Community | Events | Finances 50+ | Money & Work AARP and Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP)* will present free sessions in August to help people prepare financially for retirement. The events in Columbus, McCook and Hastings will review what soon-to-be-retirees need to know about Social Security and Medicare. “People will learn more about getting the most out of their hard-earned benefits so that they can make informed decisions based on their circumstances,” said Robin Szwanek, community outreach director for AARP in Nebraska. Bobbie Kierstead, Nebraska SHIIP senior …

Nebraska Family Caregivers Provide $2.5 Billion in Unpaid Care

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Nebraska | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family Family caregivers in Nebraska provided 182 million hours of care—worth an estimated $2.5 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) …