I Heart Caregivers – Portraits of Care

Posted on 11/30/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

November 2015  AARP honors local family caregiver, Luz Rivera from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands “They have been awesome parents throughout my life, and it’s an honor and privilege to be there for them—the best daughter I can be.” Luz age 47, retired early from UPS and moved back to the U.S. Virgin Islands to care for her parents, Terecita and Angel. They both had strokes, which affected their mobility and memory and require around-the-clock care. After hurting her back when …

Facts on Easy Ways to Pay Your Innovative Bill

Posted on 11/25/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Did You Know Facts   Check out how easy it is to pay your bill!

Family Caregivers are NOT Alone in the VI

Posted on 11/13/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Many of us know that caregiving is a challenging task that can be physically tedious, emotionally draining, and unbelievably exasperating. Those in the know would agree it can be one of the most difficult things one can do during their lifetime. But how many of us can relate to the degree of frustration and exhaustion that would cause a caregiver to even toy with the idea of abandoning a loved one, despite the legal and moral consequences? Caregiving for loved …

Online Portal Helps Veterans Find Resources

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Veterans Day is Nov. 11, and in a salute to the estimated 4,500 Virgin Islanders who served in the military, the AARP V.I. office is promoting a resource that aims to make life easier for veterans and their families nationwide. The AARP veterans portal offers information on how to apply for home and land loans, free tuition at public educational institutions, civil service employment, free license plates and reimbursement for nonservice- related medical travel. A crisis line is also available …

AARP Chapter 4777 Supports Combat Wounded Veterans

Posted on 10/2/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Since 2004 AARP Chapter 4777 members from the islands of St. John have been partnering with the American Legion Post 131, and various VI business and civic organizations to demonstrate their appreciation to disabled military veterans in a big way. Disabled veterans and their families are treated to an all expense paid week-long stay at on the island of St. John and all the water sports activities they handle. Many of the vets suffer from traumatic stress disorders, traumatic brain …

For Your Health: A Push for Preventive Care

Posted on 10/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol can lead to serious, painful and costly complications. But with preventive care, Virgin Islanders can detect problems early and make lifestyle changes to avoid bigger problems later on. Beverly Joseph, who chairs the V.I. Government Employees Service Commission, is making preventive care her mission. She encourages all government employees and retirees to take advantage of early screenings and check-ups. In a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of Virgin Islanders …