— 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, …

— AARP Wisconsin is hosting free Home Fit workshops in the Milwaukee area this fall which are designed to help you ensure your home is safe and accessible. AARP Home Fit Workshops educate participants about the types of home modifications that can help you age-in-place and go about your daily activities while staying comfortable, independent and injury-free. Join us to learn strategies to make your home more accessible and the suggested products available to make these changes and more! Choose one of …

— 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 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 …

— AARP is offering a free Caregiving Resource Guide for Wisconsinites helping a parent, spouse or other adult continue to live as independently as possible. The guide can help caregivers find assisted living facilities, hospice services or adult day-care centers. It can help people calculate long-term care costs for themselves or a family member. It links caregivers to programs that can help pay for food, utilities, prescription drugs or health care. And it can help caregivers network with peers who live …

— By David Lewellen Years ago, Mel Stark approached a green light on Highway 31 in Kenosha County at about 55 mph. He had the right of way, but he remembered his father’s long-ago caution: What if? He looked right and saw nothing—then looked left and saw a Cadillac bearing down at possibly 80 mph. “I said, ‘Holy gosh!’ or words to that effect,” Stark recalled. He had time to brake, the Cadillac did not T-bone him, and he and his …

— By Nicole Duritz Forty two million Americans provide support to older parents, spouses and other loved ones. If you’re caring for a loved one, you may not think of yourself this way, but you are likely a family caregiver. Maybe you took on the role suddenly, or perhaps the responsibility evolved over time. While each family situation is unique, you can learn a lot from those who have been on this path before you. Here’s some advice from AARP and …

— AARP advocates will testify at state budget hearings this spring to show support for family caregivers, encourage coverage of the uninsured and promote retirement savings. The legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance has scheduled a series of public hearings, giving residents across the state an opportunity to voice their opinions on spending proposals for 2015-17. The committee will then make recommendations to the legislature, which will vote on the budget and send it to the governor for approval this summer. AARP …

— AARP is busy every day in communities across Wisconsin, working to improve the quality of life for people 50 and older and their families. Such efforts include helping drivers stay safe behind the wheel, offering taxpayers free help with preparing and filing their tax forms, and advocacy on a range of issues from easing the burden on family caregivers to keeping utilities affordable. AARP staff coordinate these efforts, along with an army of volunteers. “We could not be an effective …