Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey in the USVI

If you visited the AARP Virgin Islands booth at the Agricultural Fair in February, you were given information about the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and the survey that is being done in the territory.  The BRFSS is a project within the VI Department of Health’s Chronic Disease Prevention Program which is tasked with compiling health studies on various topics. The studies are completed using data received from Virgin Islands residents. The studies are very important to the territory …

AARP Shred Fest VI 2016

“The consumer has more power than they think,” stated Devin Carrington, the Commissioner of the Virgin Islands Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs (DLCA) at a recent Town Hall meeting on St. Thomas, “Too often we depend on the government to do everything, but we, as consumers need to work in solidarity and not allow businesses to provide us with products or services that are not up to standard.” The same holds true for taking action to protect ourselves from …

Caregiving

by Nancy A. LeaMond | Imagine for a moment how busy and chaotic everyday life can be: juggling careers, kids, finances, and more. Now imagine also caring for a parent, spouse or child with a disability, maybe even around the clock. Every day about 40 million Americans—myself included—care for our loved ones, so they can live independently at home and in their communities, where they want to be. We drive to appointments, prepare meals, manage medications, and so much more. …

VI Passes the CARE Act

En Español In a surprise move, Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp vetoed the Caregiving Bill (Bill Number 31-0237) late in March citing numerous concerns as justification for his veto. The AARP VI office received notification of the veto on Saturday, March 26 in the middle of the Easter Holiday weekend. In response to the veto, Denyce Singleton, the AARP VI State Director, forwarded a letter to the Senate President the following Monday. The letter addressed each of the Governor’s …

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Staying in shape is important at any age, but exercise can be difficult for people with physical limitations. AARP Virgin Islands has an answer: Zumba Gold, a fun, effective fitness class tailored to active older adults. Like regular Zumba, the dance-based classes provide an aerobic workout, but Zumba Gold is low-impact and can even be done in a chair. Exercise can lower the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes. The diabetes rate among African Caribbean people in the U.S. …

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Tracy Sanders, RN, MN, CNS Continuum Care, Inc. The death of a loved one can be devastating. Some of the feelings that can arise from losing someone, and where you can go for help and support. Bereavement affects people in different ways. There’s no right or wrong way to feel. You might feel a lot of emotions at once, or feel you’re having a good day, then you wake up and feel worse again. Powerful feelings can come unexpectedly. It’s like …

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Tracy Sanders, RN, MN, CNS President Hiring a Private Caregiver. Most family caregivers reach a point when they realize they need help at home. Signs include recognizing that your loved one requires constant supervision and/or assistance with everyday activities, such as bathing and dressing. Caregivers also find that certain housekeeping routines and regular errands are accomplished with great difficulty or are left undone. Assess Your Needs. It is best to start by assessing both your needs as a caregiver and …

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What started out in the Virgin Islands as a handful of AARP members interested in getting some sexy exercise has grown to over a couple dozen men and women who anxiously anticipate their Zumba Gold classes. Zumba is a dance type exercise that provides great physical movement and at the same time is fun to do. So much so have the founders of this exercise program understood the need to cater to so many, that they have created a lower …

Just When You Thought Your Smartphone was Safe

When I was younger I thought of the telephone as a piece of equipment solely used to talk with others. Gone are those days! Today, the phone’s purpose has been vastly expanded to include photography, instant messaging, email, web browsing, online shopping, banking, bill paying, social media and so much more.  But with this new found convenience and mobility comes considerable risk; especially for seniors. In her online article, What Seniors Need to Know About Online Identity Theft, Jan Legnitto, …

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En Español After almost a year of interaction with first-time Senator Kurt Vialet, the Virgin Islands Caregiver Advice, Record and Enabling Act also known as the CARE Act unanimously passed the Committee of the Whole and went to the Governor for signature into law. During the hearing 14 of the 15 Senators present for the bill’s final discussions spoke strongly in favor of the new law which aims to incorporate caregivers into their loved one’s care plan upon admission to …