caregiving

— Nevadans are now hearing a new question when being admitted for a hospital stay: “Do you have a family caregiver?” That’s because a new law known as the CARE Act was passed by the Nevada Legislature during its 2015 session. The law was designed to help caregivers stay informed when a family member or friend is in the hospital, and be better prepared to take care of their loved one at home following the hospital stay. The result should be …

— The City of Henderson is the first Nevada city to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities, demonstrating a strong commitment to create an environment that is accessible and encourages active and healthy living for all ages.  Mayor Andy Hafen and the City Council proclaimed February 2 “Age-Friendly Community Day” in Henderson to kick-off an extensive process to identify and address priorities to make its neighborhoods livable and sustainable. Henderson residents are invited to get involved in the early stages …

— Family caregivers in Nevada provided 324 million hours of care—worth an estimated $4.3 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) …

— By Bob Stephen Laura recently started providing extra help to her 72-year-old mother who has Parkinson’s disease. Fortunately, the disease has been slow to progress, but lately her mom has needed more help to be able to continue living independently. Like most people age 65 and over, Laura’s mom has Medicare. Laura didn’t know much more about Medicare than its name, but realized she needed to learn more to ensure her mom could get the most out of her coverage. …

— By Nicole Duritz Forty two million Americans provide support to older parents, spouses and other loved ones. If you’re caring for a loved one, you may not think of yourself this way, but you are likely a family caregiver. Maybe you took on the role suddenly, or perhaps the responsibility evolved over time. While each family situation is unique, you can learn a lot from those who have been on this path before you. Here’s some advice from AARP and …

— By Nicole Duritz After 45 years as a pediatric nurse, my neighbor Sue enjoys her retirement. She has traveled with her husband, taken up yoga, and bonded deeply with her five grandkids. Since her retirement 3 years ago, she has been on Medicare. Earlier this year, Sue had a health scare. While she recovered well, Sue now takes new medications that her current Medicare prescription drug plan (Part D) doesn’t cover. Lucky for Sue and for others with Medicare, she …

— By Nicole Duritz, vice president of the health issues team in the Education and Outreach group at AARP. Imagine being 56-years old. Diabetic and uninsured. And getting sicker every day because you can’t get the treatment you need to control your chronic illness. Unimaginable? Perhaps to you, but not to millions of Americans and their families who face this reality every day. But soon—regardless of one’s financial ability, employment status or a pre-existing illness—everyone will have access to health care …

Jean Setzfand, Vice President, Financial Security, AARP Education & Outreach

— By Jean C. Setzfand, vice president of the Financial Security team in the Education and Outreach group at AARP Joyce H., a 59-year-old unemployed woman raising four grandkids on her own, could barely believe her luck. A London barrister had emailed her, claiming to be relieved to have finally located her, because he was administering the will of someone he claimed was distantly related to her. After exchanging a few emails with him – emails he used to stoke her …

— By Nicole Duritz, vice president of the Financial Security team in the Education and Outreach group at AARP  We all want to find ways to save money. And with today’s rising cost of critical and often life-saving drugs, every penny counts. But don’t fret — there is good news thanks to the cost-saving tips below, and a little help from the Affordable Care Act. Everyone should: Consider generic drugs:  Ask your doctor if your brand-name medication is available in generic …

Julie E. Lee, Vice President & National Director, AARP Driver Safety, Education and Outreach

— By Julie E. Lee, Vice President & National Director, AARP Driver Safety, Education and Outreach The transition from winter to spring can bring many joyous things, like a burst of new foliage, a lighter wardrobe and a little more daylight to enjoy. But warmer weather isn’t all daffodils and sunshine—especially for allergy sufferers. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, 1 in 5 Americans suffers from an allergy that impacts their daily life. But in addition to affecting …