NM Family Caregivers to be Honored at I Heart Caregivers Day at State Capitol

Posted on 02/20/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Uncategorized Every year more than 419,000 family caregivers in New Mexico help their loved ones to live independently — keeping them out of costly institutions, such as nursing homes. In New Mexico, family caregivers provide unpaid care valued at about $3.1 billion annually. Join AARP New Mexico in honoring our family caregivers and all that they do this Wednesday, Feb. 25th, during I Heart Caregivers Day at the New Mexico State Legislature, 9 a.m. at the State Capitol Rotunda. Register now to …

Saturday Night Mixer Gives Caregivers a Chance to Relax and Unwind

Posted on 02/13/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Uncategorized The stories are all too familiar ­­– shuttling loved ones off to appointments when they refuse to get dressed, relationship problems that don’t magically go away because you are now caring for that person; and finding the strength to do what needs to be done. All common themes shared by New Mexico caregivers while having the chance to relax and unwind during a special AARP New Mexico Caregivers Mixer held Saturday, Feb. 7, at St. Clair’s Winery in Albuquerque. After …

House Bill 139, the CARE Act, Gives Family Caregivers Formal Role in Patient Care

Posted on 01/23/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Local Resources When Betty’s husband suffered from complications during surgery, caring for him also became much more complicated.  “He had to go under the knife twice again and now he has a hole the size of his fist that has to be changed and repacked twice a day,” Betty said. “I was taught to change his dressing and repack his openings. It is a good thing that I have a strong stomach because changing the bandages and repacking his wounds is bad.”  …

New Mexico State Sen. Padilla, Rep. Salazar Named to AARP’s “Capitol Caregivers”

Posted on 01/13/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Events | Local Resources To recognize their work to support family caregivers in New Mexico, AARP named New Mexico State Sen. Michael Padilla and State Rep. Tomas Salazar as 2014 “Capitol Caregivers”,a bipartisan group of 46 state legislators and three governors from 19 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older New Mexicans to live independently at home—where they want to be.  “AARP thanks both Sen. Padilla and Rep. Salazar for championing House Joint …

Legislative Proposal Could Improve Follow-up Care

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy AARP New Mexico is asking lawmakers to pass legislation this year that could improve communication between hospitals and family caregivers. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would allow each patient to identify a family caregiver, who would be informed when the patient is moved or discharged. In addition, hospital staff would show the caregiver how to perform follow-up care, such as managing medications or dressing wounds, before the patient goes home. “The CARE Act would ensure that family caregivers …

Corrales Woman Named State’s Top Volunteer

Posted on 11/21/2014 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

About AARP | Events | Uncategorized | Volunteering Dorothy “Dottie” Hu of Corrales is a force to be reckoned with. She doesn’t just give of her time to others, she ensures that children are taken care of in the most desperate of times and encourages others who might be feeling forgotten or left out, to accompany her on her journey.  Because of her passion, drive and commitment, Hu was named the AARP New Mexico 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service recipient. Each yearAARP New Mexico seeks out nominations …