— With temperatures already into the 80s by mid-morning, we know we’re in for another hot one. Heat at this level is more than sweaty clothes and sticky streets, though – it can be hazardous to your health. More Americans die each year from heat waves than from tornadoes, earthquakes and thunderstorms combined. Older adults are especially vulnerable to health complications from heat because their bodies have a tougher time adjusting to changes in temperature. But heat doesn’t have to be …

— Top Advocate for 50+ to Urge State-Facilitated Retirement Savings Plan, Support for Family Caregivers   ALBANY, New York – AARP today announced a Middle Class agenda for 2016 at the New York State Capitol aimed at facilitating retirement savings in a changing workplace and supporting family caregivers to help the 50+ achieve financial stability and ease the burden on taxpayers in an aging society. The top lobbying association for the state’s most powerful voting bloc outlined these priorities: Creation of …

— Frank Seabrook of Wading River, Long Island knows what it means to serve up something new.  A retired NYC cop who returned to school for architectural engineering, Seabrook now supplements career number two with interest number three — his passion for cooking, and for joking! On Seabrook’s lively “Chef Franco” Facebook Page the key ingredients are foodie humor and festive displays of Frank’s culinary prowess.  For this chef, cooking is not actually a business, but it has grown to far …

— November is National Family Caregivers Month NEW YORK, New York – November marks National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – nearly 2.6 million in New York state – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at about $31.3 billion annually in …

— New Law Ensures Hospitals Offer Instruction in Care Before Patients Discharged ALBANY, N.Y. – Governor Andrew Cuomo has lent a critical helping hand to millions of family caregivers and the loved ones for whom they care by signing into law the CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, top priority legislation for AARP that will help New Yorkers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The new law, which will ensure hospital patients’ designated family …

— Join AARP at Circle of Sisters* as we unite, empower and celebrate people of color at the Jacob Javits Center on October 17th & 18th.  AARP is proud to be the presenting sponsor of the 2015 Circle of Sisters. This year, we are focusing on honoring and supporting the unsung heroes in our community who are family caregivers. Our booth will feature handsome “huggers” giving hugs to caregivers caring for family members, free hand massages, line dancing and the chance to meet …

— More than 80 Suffolk County residents attended a free Medicare workshop at the Riverhead Free Library earlier this month. Riverhead AARP volunteers, in partnership with HIICAP, RSVP Suffolk, and EPIC, hosted this workshop for participants who were interested in learning how to navigate and make informed decisions about Medicare coverage. “As many adults age, they may not be aware of the resources available to assist them in making decisions on their health care options,” said Jo Packard, Riverhead AARP Volunteer …

— Today, AARP is releasing key tips and advice to help residents stay safe and cool. Staying cool during a blistering summer can mean the difference between life and death, as more Americans die from heat waves than all other natural disasters combined. Older adults stand a greater risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion because their bodies do not easily adjust to changes in temperature, making it critically important for people to check on older family, friends, or neighbors, especially …

— By Ann Levin Several days a week, a New York City Access-A-Ride van picks up Margueritte Wilkins at her Bronx apartment and takes her to a senior center in midtown Manhattan. There, Wilkins enjoys a hot lunch and participates in a variety of activities, including exercise and art classes, karaoke and memory games. For Wilkins, 67, the program has been rewarding, helping to restore her sense of self-worth after catastrophic illnesses in 2009 and 2013. “I like to go there,” …

— AARP’s Top Priority Bill Ensures Instruction in Post-Discharge Tasks; Governor Cuomo Proposed Similar ‘Caregiver Support Initiative’ ALBANY, New York – Critical help for millions of family caregivers across New York took a giant step toward reality today when the State Senate unanimously passed the CARE Act, legislation to support family caregivers as they safely help New Yorkers age at home. The CARE Act, AARP’s top state legislative priority for 2015, is expected to begin moving soon in the Assembly. With …