— AARP Iowa is working with employers to help them understand and support employees who also serve as unpaid family caregivers. The goal is to identify resources that can help not only caregivers but employers, as well. Six out of 10 caregivers are employed, and many also spend 20 to 40 hours per week on caregiving tasks. Their dual roles can adversely affect business if the burden leads to greater absenteeism, diminished productivity, declining morale and requests to reduce work hours. …

— Español From the classic celebration of Mexico and the Central American countries’ independence day, the presentation of an AARP financial study about the economic situation of Californians, to our association with the popular soccer team LA Galaxy; AARP in Los Angeles has prepared several events to celebrate our contributions as Latinos in this society and also to provide you with tools that will help you make your life a better experience. All our events are free, but in some of them …

— The AARP Oklahoma Caregiver Resource Guide With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it can be a challenge to sort out the specific type of help or services best suited for your needs. AARP developed this resource guide with you, the caregiver, in mind as a starting point to help you find the services and supports you need throughout your caregiving journey. We hope this guide can assist you in the following ways; Help you get the type …

— Many Georgians hold two jobs—one that pays the bills and the other unpaid, taking care of a loved one at home. For such workers, finding time to attend to the needs of a sick child or an infirm parent is especially stressful if it means losing a day’s wages. A new state law backed by AARP Georgia aims to help. The Family Care Act, which takes effect July 1, allows workers to use up to five days of earned paid …

— 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 …

— AARP Ohio is cosponsoring the 2017 Midwest Black Family Reunion, Aug. 18-20, in Cincinnati. The annual event celebrates the historic strengths and values of the black family. Since its founding in 1989, the reunion has grown into a three-day festival that typically draws about 25,000 visitors. The 2017 celebration will include a parade; rhythm and blues, gospel and jazz concerts; poetry and spoken word performances; pavilions for children and older people; a job fair; health screenings; and breakfast during the opening ceremony. …

— By Laura Tillman Marie-Pierre Stien of Houston is a creative person fond of trying new things. A school administrator, she writes flash fiction—stories of less than 500 words—and she’s working on illustrations she will give away to people. It’s not surprising that Stien, 54, isn’t intimidated by social media. She uses Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for her artistic endeavors and for advocacy and outreach. Stien is taking on a relatively new online medium—the podcast—produced by AARP in Houston. The online …

— Greetings one and all… This morning I am particularly thankful for my home, my family, and my life. I’m not surprised. Gratitude often grows in the aftermath of adversity—one of the blessings to be embraced following challenging times in life. No doubt, the past 4 months have certainly been challenging for my family and me. In addition to a nonstop schedule of presentations and events, two of our beloved cats recently died of renal failure following months of intensive care. …

— By Cynthia Pasquale Shari Wilkins recently served as a caregiver for her aunt, a closeted lesbian who married her partner three days before dying at age 89. Wilkins was left to address the issue with surprised family, friends and church members. “I told everyone that at the end of her life, a life well lived, came the ultimate joy: She had gotten married,” Wilkins recalled. Wilkins, 70, of Denver, is a former manager for SAGE of the Rockies, a program …

— For two years, AARP Missouri has fought for legislation that could help family caregivers when a relative is in a hospital or about to come home. The bill stalled in committee in 2016 and 2017. Under the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, hospitals would record family caregivers’ contact information, keep them informed when their loved one is about to be transferred or discharged, and instruct them about medical care needed at home. At least 38 states have enacted similar …