Little Guidance Given to Caregivers

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing By Ann Levin When Joan Long was discharged from the hospital to a rehab facility and then sent home in January 2013, she had a new colostomy, a major abdominal wound, a complicated schedule of medications, and cognitive impairment stemming from prior treatment for a brain tumor. At no point in the discharge process did the medical staff sit down with her caregivers, Sarah Marques and Katie Patterson, and map out how to help Long manage by herself in her …

Poca orientación para los cuidadores

Posted on 03/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Español | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Por Ann Levin Cuando Joan Long fue dada de alta del hospital e ingresada en un centro de rehabilitación para luego ser reenviada a su hogar en enero del 2013, llevaba consigo una nueva colostomía, una importante herida abdominal, un complicado calendario de medicamentos y un deterioro cognitivo a raíz de un tratamiento anterior por un tumor cerebral. No hubo ningún momento durante todo el proceso para darla de alta en que algún miembro del personal médico se sentara con …

Caregivers Often Unprepared When Family Members Leave Hospital; Senate Moves to Help

Posted on 02/3/2015 by | AARP New York | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Health Committee Sends CARE Act to Full Senate for Consideration; Bill Ensures Caregivers Offered Instruction in Post-Discharge Tasks ALBANY, New York – Family caregivers are too often left unprepared to provide proper care before taking their loved ones home from the hospital. Today, the State Senate advanced legislation to ensure that caregivers are offered instruction in any post-discharge tasks their older parents, spouses or other loved ones will need at home, fostering better …

Consumer Groups Praise PSC Affordability Effort As “Major, Unprecedented Step”

Posted on 01/8/2015 by | AARP New York | Comments

Advocacy | Home & Family Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org Joint Statement by AARP, NYPIRG, Consumers Union, Public Utility Law Project: ALBANY, New York – “By opening a proceeding to review and standardize energy affordability programs, the Public Service Commission (PSC) is taking a major and unprecedented step that could help millions of utility consumers across New York State. “New Yorkers pay among the highest average residential electric rates in the continental United States. Consumers’ struggles are evident; every day, New York utility …

AARP Legislative Goals: Retirement Security, Caregiving, Consumer Protection

Posted on 01/7/2015 by | AARP New York | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family Contacts: Erik Kriss, ekriss@aarp.org, David Irwin, dirwin@aarp.org  Voting Group that Decided Many Races Focuses on Helping Millions of Workers Save for Retirement, Preparing Caregivers, Fighting Unfair Utility Hikes ALBANY, New York – The voting group responsible for electing New York’s lawmakers – the 50+ – has a few key issues on their mind as the 2015 legislative session starts today. AARP New York will focus on retirement security, caregiving, and utility consumer protection. New York’s 50+ voters voted at nearly …

Work & Save Plan Would Help Build Nesteggs

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

Advocacy In a state where more than 3.6 million private-sector workers lack access to an employer-sponsored retirement plan, AARP is asking lawmakers to ensure that employees have an option. Under the Work and Save proposal, workers could voluntarily contribute to an individual retirement account (IRA) through automatic payroll deductions, similar to the state’s 529 college savings program. Workers would select the type of investments and contribution level, and the account would follow them from job to job. The individual accounts would …