— By Joanne Cleaver Genie Deutsch makes more than lemonade from lemons. She includes lemons in many dishes for her husband, Stan, as she manages the nutritional needs dictated by his end-stage renal disease. With many ingredients banned, lemon is one flavor he loves that he can have. Deutsch, 85, of Fox Point, is the primary caregiver for her 90-year-old husband. “I’m probably doing more than I think I am,” she said. Constant coordination with medical professionals shapes her daily routine, …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …

— Join us for two live Medicare webcasts and get answers to your questions Do you have questions about Medicare coverage and plan options? Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or entering open enrollment, the two-part Medicare Q&A series from Learn@50+ can get you answers about your 2017 plan options. In part one, AARP’s Medicare expert Susan Lutz will review the different parts of Medicare and answer your questions about enrollment periods for new Medicare recipients and open enrollment rules for …

— AARP Wisconsin conveyed a message to legislators at budget hearings this spring: The state could save money and help more older people live at home by investing moderate amounts in services for the aging and support for family caregivers. The idea is to reduce reliance on more expensive programs, such as Medicaid-funded nursing home care. AARP Wisconsin calls the potential savings the Silver Dividend. Far from being a liability, the state’s older population can benefit society—if lawmakers use the tax …

— When the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee holds hearings this spring to discuss the biennial budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker (R), AARP volunteers will be there to support key issues. One legislative priority for AARP Wisconsin is to expand the state’s Family Care program, which provides long-term care services for people in their own homes. The state office also is pressing for more supports for family caregivers, including those whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. …

— By David Lewellen Carol Greene knows what AARP’s legislative agenda means to her and her family. The Edgerton resident closely monitors her 103-year-old mother, Theresa Martell, driving 30 miles each way once a week to check on bills and medication—for which Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program is a lifeline. “My mother really, really likes SeniorCare,” said Greene, 71. The program, unique to Wisconsin, offers low-income older residents a better deal on prescription drugs than Medicare Part D. Greene has attended many state …

— By Joanne Cleaver Thirteen years ago, Sherrie Palm suddenly found herself in charge of complicated home care for her mother, then 69, after abdominal surgery. “It’s a shock factor,” said Palm, 62, who lives in Mukwonago. “She’s finally getting out of intensive care, and they give you a one-page printout telling you, ‘Do this, don’t do that, and here’s the medication list,’ ” she said of the disorienting hospital discharge process. “We felt lost.” Palm and her father, then 74, scrambled …

— By Joanne Cleaver Every morning, when Mary Eslick arrives at her job as a payroll manager for Primex Inc., in Lake Geneva, she dreads getting “the call.” The call will come from her mother. It will involve a crisis with her father, 85, whose Alzheimer’s disease is progressing rapidly. All he wants to do is putter in his beloved garage machine shop. He sometimes forgets to eat or address his personal care and doesn’t want to cooperate when it comes …

— Are you age 50 or older and still have a great passion for athletics and competition? Why not test your skills against your peers in one or more of many events offered by the Wisconsin Senior Olympics. Registration is now open for the next round of Games, which will be held Aug. 13-Sept. 11, 2016. When you register, AARP members and their guests can use the coupon code GetFit to receive $5 off the registration fee. Search the Wisconsin Senior …

— Wisconsin’s Legislature is taking on Alzheimer’s and dementia. The State Assembly is scheduled to look at a package of measures that will benefit people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families. After six public hearings throughout Wisconsin, the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia created the Wisconsin Cares package, made up of ten bills that will allow the state to better support those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their caregivers. One of the bills allocates an additional $1 million to …