Sandwich Generation

— Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs around! But what if you were a Family Caregiver for a loved one at the same time? It’s called the “Sandwich Generation” and people are feeling the pressure of being squeezed between all the other layers of life as a family caregiver and a parent. Register for AARP’s interactive webinar, “Family Caregivers Feeling Squeezed: Life in the Sandwich Generation.” Featuring Charima Young, ASD Outreach Georgia and Britnee Fergins, a mother of …

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— Today’s job search is dramatically different than it was when you started your career. Join AARP’s Nora Duncan for a free webinar titled “Adaptability! Using New Realities to Get a Job” Thursday evening July 21st 7PM ET/ 6PM CT. Nora will share lessons she learned while searching for a job with 15 years of experience and her personal story of what it took to get back to work during her seven and a half month job search.  Like Nora, whether …

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— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood When Elaine Eldred’s husband, Arthur, experienced multiple health crises leading to a diagnosis of Lewy body dementia, she spent four years as his primary home caregiver. Eldred, a retired nurse with 50 years of experience, would drive her husband to doctor visits, bathe him, and handle the shopping and meal preparation. “I understand how caregivers get burned out,” said Eldred, of Lumberton, whose husband died in 2014. “I experienced that myself.” Eldred sought respite from certified …

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— On behalf of our 1.3 million members in New Jersey, AARP supports proposals to increase the personal income tax pension and retirement income exclusion fivefold over three years. An income tax cut for retirees will help those who have lived and raised their families in New Jersey stay in New Jersey in their retirement years by allowing our middle class retirees to keep more of their hard-earned and hard-saved money to spend on goods and services throughout our state, supporting …

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— Stop spending time trying and start spending more time doing when it comes to everyday technology! Now a days advancements in technology, much of which you may already own, are allowing Family Caregivers to be the best that they can. Join Tricia Sandiego and Mike Lee as they team up to maximize your potential  in AARP’s latest webinar, “Lighten the Family Caregiver Load Using Everyday Technology.” Register now to watch live at 2PM ET/ 1PM CT on Wednesday, June 29. …

— The Out of Network Transparency Act, which will be up for a vote in the New Jersey Legislature soon, would help protect us from surprise medical bills. It would crack down on unfair medical billing practices that hurt consumers by charging high, unregulated prices for services outside of health insurance networks. However, the opposition from highly paid specialists and for-profit hospital owners is threatening to stop the bill in its tracks. Thousands of New Jerseyans get hit with shocking, unfair …

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— Many of us have been, are, or will be a family caregiver, or are likely to need the help of one someday.  Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in this country,  the first line of assistance for people with chronic or other health conditions, disabilities, or functional limitations. Family caregivers make it possible for loved ones to live independently in their homes and communities. If not for them, the economic cost to the US health care and …

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— If you’re a 50+ job seeker, what’s the first thing you should do? Don’t miss our interactive webinar “Target, Conquer & Focus: Getting Back to Work” Tuesday, June 14th at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT!  Holly Brack — National Program Coordinator at AARP Foundation with over 20 years of experience teaching job search skills — will help you learn how to target your job search, conquer the job application, focus on yourself and stay strong. She’ll be joined by Back to …

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— Thank you Governor Christie and members of the legislature for signing Bill #S157 to create the New Jersey Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. The impact of abusive practices is financially and emotionally devastating to our loved ones who are victimized. There is also a tremendous burden on the judicial and social services systems to rectify the injustices from such crimes although vast numbers of such crimes go unprosecuted. AARP concurs that the resources and experiences of a …

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— For many workers, getting the flu or having a sick kid presents a terrible dilemma: Come to work ill, or stay home and lose a day’s pay. New Jersey is leading the way in helping private sector workers get some relief. In a move backed by AARP, Plainfield became the 12th city in the state to pass a law requiring private employers with 10 or more workers to allow them to earn paid sick leave to tend to their own …