Learn How to be a Better Family Caregiver

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

Advocacy | Caregiving About 1.1 million New Jerseyans are providing unpaid care to loved ones. These caregivers have rights under a new state law, and AARP New Jersey is distributing a handy pocket card with the details. Under the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, every hospital patient can designate a family caregiver. The hospital must inform the caregiver when the patient is moved or released, and must show the caregiver how to perform follow-up medical tasks when the patient goes home. The …

New Jersey Family Caregivers Provide $13.6 billion in Unpaid Care According to AARP Study

Posted on 08/19/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Caregiving New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers  WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in New Jersey provided more than 1 billion hours of care—worth an estimated $13.6 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), …

AARP New Jersey Upcoming Calendar of Events

Posted on 08/3/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Events August 17th, 2015: Life Reimagined Checkup Location: West Caldwell Public Library 30 Clinton Road, West Caldwell, NJ Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm Description: Sometimes life takes you in a different direction than where you thought you’d go. But it’s never too late to make a change—and we can guide you. Now is the time for you to dust off a few dreams. At a free ​Life Reimagined Checkup ​you can: ​ Reflect on your goals and aspirations Harness your underlying personal …

Retirement brokers should be looking out for clients, not themselves

Posted on 08/3/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Advocacy In the hospital waiting room, we have peace of mind in the knowledge that doctors must recommend what they think is best for us.  If a doctor thinks surgery will leave you worse off than just using crutches, they cannot recommend surgery.  If they do, you can sue them for malpractice.  The law holds every doctor accountable for the advice they give. However, as things stand right now, we do not have the same kind of security when we save …

Request your Care Act Wallet Card Today

Posted on 07/31/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Uncategorized   We LOVE Caregivers! Do you have your CARE Act card yet? Send your mailing address to us at aarpnj@aarp.org with the subject line “CARE ACT CARD REQUEST” and we will drop yours in the mail TODAY! The CARE Act means a whole new set of rights are due to you as family caregiver for a loved one in the hospital. This wallet card will help make sure you know what those rights are. REQUEST YOUR CARD TODAY!  

AARP Supports a Secure Choice for New Jersey

Posted on 07/31/2015 by | AARP New Jersey | Comments

Community | Finances 50+ The future for too many New Jersey workers is in danger.  Just look at these statistics: 5% of   New Jersey’s private sector workers have no retirement savings plan at work. The average working family has $3,000 in retirement savings. 40% of households headed by a 45 to 54 year old have no savings at all. Social Security pays New Jersey residents around $1,377 a month – hardly enough to live on. Workers are 15 times more likely to save …