— Por Ann Levin Midalma González visita el Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center en Manhattan varias veces por semana para tomar clases de ejercicios y almorzar. Pero en los últimos 18 meses, después de sufrir un derrame cerebral menor, ha tenido dificultades. Con artritis, problemas de memoria e inicios de degeneración macular, ella necesita ayuda con el lavado de la ropa, la limpieza, las compras y el transporte. González, de 86 años, no puede darse el lujo de pagar la mayor …

— By Ann Levin Midalma Gonzalez goes to the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center in Manhattan several times a week for exercise classes and lunch. But over the past 18 months, ever since she had a small stroke, she’s had difficulties. With arthritis, memory problems and the beginnings of macular degeneration, she needs help with laundry, housekeeping, shopping and transportation. Gonzalez, 86, can’t afford to pay for most of these services, but her monthly income—like that of many older people in …

— By Ann Levin Several days a week, a New York City Access-A-Ride van picks up Margueritte Wilkins at her Bronx apartment and takes her to a senior center in midtown Manhattan. There, Wilkins enjoys a hot lunch and participates in a variety of activities, including exercise and art classes, karaoke and memory games. For Wilkins, 67, the program has been rewarding, helping to restore her sense of self-worth after catastrophic illnesses in 2009 and 2013. “I like to go there,” …

— NYers for Patient & Family Empowerment Cites Advocacy for Family Caregivers NEW YORK, N.Y. – AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel will be honored tonight by a patients’ rights group for her successful advocacy on behalf of family caregivers. New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment noted Finkel “is spearheading an important effort to improve hospital engagement of family caregivers in the discharge planning process, for a better transition from hospital to home.” Finkel and her team at AARP …

— Bill to Ensure Instruction in Care Headed to Governor for Approval ALBANY, N.Y. – New York State lawmakers lent a critical helping hand today to millions of family caregivers and those for whom they care by giving final legislative passage to the CARE Act, top priority legislation for AARP that will help New Yorkers age safely at home. The bill, which ensures hospital patients’ designated family caregivers are offered instruction in providing needed care at home, won Assembly approval 119-0, …

— AARP’s Top Priority Bill Ensures Instruction in Post-Discharge Tasks ALBANY, N.Y. – Critical help for millions of family caregivers across New York took another key step toward reality today when the Assembly Health Committee unanimously approved the CARE Act. Last week the State Senate unanimously passed the measure, which is AARP’s top 2015 state legislative priority and supports family caregivers as they safely help New Yorkers age at home. With Governor Andrew Cuomo having proposed a similar Caregiver Support Initiative …

— AARP’s Top Priority Bill Ensures Instruction in Post-Discharge Tasks; Governor Cuomo Proposed Similar ‘Caregiver Support Initiative’ ALBANY, New York – Critical help for millions of family caregivers across New York took a giant step toward reality today when the State Senate unanimously passed the CARE Act, legislation to support family caregivers as they safely help New Yorkers age at home. The CARE Act, AARP’s top state legislative priority for 2015, is expected to begin moving soon in the Assembly. With …

— Governor’s Budget Proposal Would Allow More New Yorkers to Age at Home, Support Family Caregivers; Could Save Costs ALBANY, NEW YORK – Advocates for seniors, people with disabilities and health care professionals today called on the New York State Senate to support improved patient care and help for family caregivers by supporting a plan by Governor Andrew Cuomo to allow home health aides to perform more health care tasks with additional training. The proposal, part of the 2015-16 executive budget, …

— Cahill, Assembly Back Consumer Advocate, Intervenor Funding (This statement was issued in conjunction with a New York State Public Service Commission public hearing at Kingston City Hall March 12, 2015 on a proposed rate increase by Central Hudson Gas & Electric) ALBANY, New York – Statement by Beth Glassanos, Associate AARP New York State Director for the Hudson Valley: “Here we go again. Central Hudson wants a rate hike and consumers have no meaningful input. “What’s worse, consumers already pay …

— Skelos, Hannon, Serino Lead Charge to Help Older NYers Age at Home; AARP Calls on Assembly, Governor to Support Efforts ALBANY, New York – Family caregivers can often be left unprepared to follow discharge plans and provide proper care when their loved ones are sent home from the hospital, but that would change under the State Senate’s new budget proposal. The Senate’s 2015-16 state budget resolution calls for passage of the CARE Act (pg 26), which ensures caregivers are offered …