Take Action to Prevent the Flu

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

The flu can keep you in bed for days, and for the elderly, very young children and people with low immunity, it can be a killer. That’s why AARP is working with the Virgin Islands Department of Health and other agencies to hold daylong immunization fairs. The events offer free flu shots and shingles vaccinations for senior citizens, grandparents raising grandchildren, and others at risk. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that between 80 percent and 90 percent …

Annual Collaborations for Flu Prevention

Posted on 12/30/2015 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

In a tourist area like the Virgin Islands, where millions of people visit annually, Virgin Islanders are always at high risk for acquiring the latest version of influenza going around. And, influenza is known to be a rapid killer of those who are elderly, very young or immunosuppressed. That’s why AARP Virgin Islands made special plans this year to collaborate with the Virgin Islands Department of Health to hold a special day-long immunization fair for senior citizens, grandparents supervising very …

Wounded Warriors Take to the Water

Posted on 12/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Many veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan came home with stress disorders, brain injuries or loss of limbs. AARP members are helping such veterans heal through a program that gives them a weeklong, all-expenses-paid break on the island of St. John. Team River Runner, a national nonprofit organization, promotes health and healing of wounded warriors through adaptive kayaking and snorkeling. Members of AARP St. John Chapter 4777 help raise funds to host about 20 to 25 veterans per …

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

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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 …