Special Card Spells Out What Family Caregivers Need to do When Loved One is Hospitalized

Posted on 08/14/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community If you are a family caregiver in New Mexico there is a new law that can help you be included in your loved one’s care when that person is admitted into the hospital. It’s called the New Mexico Lay Caregiver Aftercare Training Act, also known as the CARE Act. “AARP recognizes the critical roles that family caregivers play in taking care of their loved ones,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director. “We also know that when a person …

Special Event Celebrates Medicare’s 50th Anniversary

Posted on 07/24/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy | Events | Finances 50+ | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Medicare and Medicaid will celebrate their 50th Anniversary Thursday, July 30th, and the New Mexico Health Care for All Coalition, along with AARP New Mexico and other community partners, is inviting everyone to a special celebration. This free event will take place July 30th at the Explora Museum, 1701 Mountain Road NW, in Albuquerque, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants can also visit the museum prior to the event. “On this special occasion, it’s important to acknowledge the significant …

HealthInsight New Mexico Seeks Patient Success Stories About Medicare and Medicaid

Posted on 07/22/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Livable Communities | Local Resources As the 50-year anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid approaches, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is seekng stories about how these programs have changed the lives of Americans across the nation. Personal stories show how our health care programs change the lives of real families and impact communities across the country. They play an important role in bringing public policy to life. We want to illustrate the faces of Medicare and Medicaid consumers in our communities. In the …

CarFit Event Ensures You and Your Car Fit Perfectly for Safer Driving

Posted on 07/6/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Community | Driver Safety | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources You might be a safe driver but did you know that the way your car “fits” you can also increase your safety? CarFit is a free, interactive and educational program that teaches participants how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them to increase safety and mobility when driving. Learn more at a CarFit event set for Saturday, July 25th, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Del Norte Baptist Church, 5800 Montgomery Blvd. NE, in Albuquerque. Space is limited …

Outsmarting Scammers at Their Own Game

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Events | Fraud AARP New Mexico is sponsoring fraud prevention seminars from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on July 14 at the Best Western Sally Port Inn & Suites in Roswell, July 16 at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas (N.M.) and Aug. 27 at the Best Western Stevens Inn in Carlsbad. Presenters will offer common-sense tips on how to avoid scams. To register, call 877-926-8300 toll-free. To sign up for watchdog alerts about scams in New Mexico, go to fraudwatchnetwork.org.

Easing the Transition from Hospital to Home

Posted on 06/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Home & Family A new state law aims to prepare family caregivers to provide follow-up care when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Lay Caregiver Aftercare Training law, also known as the CARE Act, allows every hospital patient to name a family caregiver and ensures the caregiver will be notified if the patient is discharged or moved to another facility. The law also requires hospitals to provide caregivers with instruction about medical tasks needed at home, such as managing …