Driver Education Bill Moves Steadily Through Legislative Process

Posted on 03/12/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Home & Family | Local Resources While some legislation appears to be languishing in the final days of New Mexico 2015 Legislative Session, House Bill 91, which would allow drivers to take a safety course at a younger age, is moving through the process at a steady pace.  HB 91 permits companies, such as AARP, to offer driver refresher courses to people beginning at age 50 instead of age 55 as currently listed in the law. To date, the bill has been passed by the House …

Imposter Scams Top New Mexico Complaints for 2014

Posted on 03/10/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Community | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work AARP Fraud Watch Network Offers Tips on Preventing Top 10 Scams On the heels of a new report showing the top scam in New Mexico are Imposter Scams, the AARP Fraud Watch Network offers tips so people can learn how to protect themselves from all 10 of the top scams reported by New Mexicans in 2014. According to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, 10,556 New Mexicans reported being scammed last year. The imposter scam topped the list of …

AARP I Heart Caregiver Day Recognizes Work of Family Caregivers

Posted on 03/10/2015 by | AARP New Mexico | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Local Resources | Money & Work Event Highlights House Bill 139 — the CARE Act AARP New Mexico took over the State Capitol Feb. 25 with a sea of red shirts to celebrate family caregivers and the work that they do as well as bring attention to House Bill 139, the Lay Caregiver Aftercare Training, also known as the CARE Act. House Bill 139, The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act asks hospitals to designate a family caregiver in the medical record when a patient is …

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.”  …