— Join AARP Oklahoma at the Tulsa World’s 2017 Senior Living Expo on August 26, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event will include free health screenings, informative seminars to help you plan and live well, as well as shopping and entertainment. Join AARP Oklahoma Fraud Fighters for a special 30-minute seminar at 10:15 a.m on how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protect yourself and your family. We’ll also offer helpful information …

— Description: AARP Colorado is excited to announce a new caregiving educational resource, Care-FULL Conversations. Jane W. Barton, the Caregiving Ambassador for the state of Colorado, is hosting a series of podcasts designed to explore the journey of caregiving from the inside out—what it FEELS like to be a caregiver or care receiver. If you have questions about family dynamics, grief and loss, caregiver stress, advance care planning, hospice and palliative care, or end of life issues, please join us routinely …

—     I wish these written letters could morph into the sounds they signify,  then you’d get the genuine sound of . . . what to call it? It’s not really abuse – but it’s not really respect, either, and it shoots to hell the declaration of “dignity,” which many – all, really – LTC facilities claim as their “holy grail.” After all, we are “elders,” with all the sacrosanct connotations the word embraces. Me? I’m eighty-four. A decrepit vessel …

— Greetings one and all… It is another glorious morning in Denver. I have been enjoying some quiet time on our back porch—soaking up the early morning sunshine, listening to the birds, and delighting in the myriad of flowers blooming in our gardens. My morning meditation also afforded the opportunity to reflect on the events of the past month—it has been quite the ride! As noted in my previous posting, my medical adventure began in late May with the diagnosis of …

— Tangles is a dynamic play that tells the story of a family during one pivotal night as they come to terms with their roles as sons, daughters, and siblings living with an aging family member who has dementia. Through music, media, and a dynamic design, the production shows how memories and the past are interconnected in ways that both fragment and bring together families in the toughest moments. In Tangles, the loving bond between an older woman and her granddaughter …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources.  The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver.   The Last One Standing Description:  Who will care for me when I am the last one standing? What if I outlive my family of origin, my life partner, my children, and my closest friends? How will I plan for that possibility? What resources are available? And, is this a motivation to invest myself in relationships throughout …

—   Family Caregivers Speak to Legislators On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, AARP Massachusetts state president Mike Festa and two AARP volunteers, Vanessa Hogan, and Madhav Kacker, offered personal family caregiving stories to the legislators who sit on the Joint Committee on Revenue, during a public hearing on An Act to Establish the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, Senate Bill 1530 and House Bill 1643. This legislation would help family caregivers in the state by providing a tax credit for certain expenses incurred by the caregivers. Vanessa Hogan of Boston, …

— Central Iowa caregivers are invited to join with other local caregivers for a “CAREversation” about family caregiving on Thursday, July 13 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Louie’s Wine Dive in Des Moines.   CAREversations are an interactive family caregiving event is designed to allow attendees to connect with other family caregivers, share tips and ideas, learn how to build a caregiver support network, and find out about local resources. “Whether you’re starting to plan, helping to coordinate a big move, or …

—   Alzheimer’s robbed my mother of her identity, and gifted me with a new one: caregiver. I never wanted to be a caregiver – I don’t know that anyone does – but I accepted this new role and what it meant for my relationship with my mother and struggled from the very start. I had to learn how to continue being me while taking care of someone who was no longer herself – someone who, through the years, would become …

— Making it easier for licensed nurses to practice in NC Legislation to allow nurses to practice in any state that is part of the Nurse Licensure Compact passed the North Carolina General Assembly last week. AARP helped push for the legislation that maintains patient safety and quality of care while making it easier for nurses to practice in our state. It allows licensed nurses from other states to practice in North Carolina without having to get re-licensed. The passage of …