Troy DeChabert Schuster Pic

— AARP East Regional Vice President Kelly A. Clark announces that Troy A. De Chabert-Schuster – a distinguished member of the community, business entrepreneur, and educator in the Virgin Islands for more than 17 years – has been appointed State Director for AARP in the Virgin Islands, effective August 15, 2016. As State Director, De Chabert-Schuster will be responsible for leading and directing the advocacy and community outreach work of AARP and its members in the Virgin Islands.  “With an exceptional …

Hispanic Heritage Month in Machuchal

— En Español While a large portion of the Virgin Islands population considers its self to be Hispanic, when it comes to celebrating the contributions of Hispanics in the VI, all Virgin Islanders join in the festivities. Herminio ‘Emilio’ Torres, the President of the non-profit organization “Estate Profit Action Committee” or EPAC, gets excited as he relates the schedule of events that his small, but mighty committee works on each year to bring attention to the important role that Hispanics have played …

©Istockphoto/Squaredpixels

— Local officials want to improve Virgin Islanders’ health, but to work effectively, they need to know what the population’s health habits are. The V.I. Department of Health’s Division of Chronic Disease and Prevention is conducting a telephone survey to ask residents about their personal health habits. The results will guide public health efforts to help those living with chronic diseases to stay as healthy as possible. The local survey is part of the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System developed by …

NOT ALL GERS RETIREES RETIREMENT BENEFITS ARE IN IMMEDIATE JEOPARDY

— In the Thursday May 26, 2016, Board of Trustees meeting of the Government Employees’ Retirement System (GERS), the vice-chairman of the board Judge Edgar Ross after a lengthy discussion on the provisions in Title 3, Chapter 27 Sections 718 and 718(a), and Chapter 28A, Sections 767 and 767a of the Virgin Islands Code, made a motion consistent with the law in Sections 718 and 767 (regular retirees) and 718a and 767a (early retirement program).  The motion, effective immediately, directed the …

HOME CARE SPOT

— Virgin Islanders who care for an aging loved one at home just got a huge boost of support from the legislature. A new law, which took effect March 30, improves communication and coordination between hospitals and family caregivers. The Caregiver Advice, Record and Enabling (CARE) Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver and requires the hospital to notify the caregiver before the patient is transferred or discharged. It also requires the hospital to show the caregiver how …

Visitability in the VI

— Español Want to save some tax money and ensure you can stay in your home as you age?  You can save as much as 20% on your property taxes for up to 10 years if you plan ahead. On October 22, 2013 rules and regulations governing a program called The Visitable Housing Design Act & Incentive Program were promulgated by the VI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). These regulations spell out the steps that homeowners need to take …

Photo courtesy: stthomassource.com

— TRICARE, the health care program that covers almost 9.4 million active and retired military personnel worldwide, reinstated the Juan F. Luis Hospital as an approved facility in January, ensuring that once again veterans can get care on St. Croix. The hospital lost TRICARE approval in 2014, when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put it on a systems improvement plan to correct deficiencies. AARP and the Patient Family Council encouraged the hospital’s board of directors to focus on …

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. …