— 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 …

— Over 40 million adults in the United States, including 452,000 in Arkansas,  provide unpaid care to a family member. If you’re one of these family caregivers, particularly a first-time caregiver looking for helpful tips and advice, the AARP Online Family Caregiving Fair (5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central on Thursday, Nov. 16) will help you make the most of your caregiving journey. You’ll find valuable resources, real-life tips and support to help you care for your loved one. Register now for …

— ♥ November is National Family Caregivers Month, a time set aside to recognize and champion unpaid family caregivers and the care they provide to loved ones. The distinction and annual theme, which this year is “Caregiving Around the Clock,” is organized by the Caregiver Action Network. In Massachusetts, there are more than 844,000 unpaid family caregivers. Few understand family caregiving as much as Liz O’Donnell, a Massachusetts resident and author, speaker, and entrepreneur. O’Donnell is the founder of WorkingDaughter.com, a community for …

— AARP Massachusetts is pleased to announce that the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act is in effect as of Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. The CARE Act was signed into law by Governor Charles Baker in December 2016.   The CARE Act (pdf), which was sponsored in the state Legislature by Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry (D-Dorchester) and Rep. Chris Walsh (D-Framingham), recognizes the critical role family caregivers play in keeping their loved ones at home, and out of costly institutions. In 2015 in Massachusetts, family caregivers provided 786 million …

— West Palm Beach, Fla. – Presented by AARP Florida, Your Aging & Disability Resource Center will be celebrating its 29th anniversary and its future at the Circle of Care Celebration Luncheon at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts on November 9, 2017. Featured guest presenters include newly appointed Assistant Secretary for Aging Lance Robertson; Dr. Jamie Huysman, Vice President of Provider Relations and Government Affairs at WellMed Medical Management, well-known for his work fiercely advocating on behalf of family …

— By Jill Gambon For five years, Vanessa Hogan cared for her sister, Dianna, who suffered from lymphoma, lupus, congestive heart failure and other chronic ailments. Emergency room visits, hospital stays and doctor appointments were frequent. Hogan accompanied her to appointments and visited her at least twice a day in the hospital, because she felt it was crucial that her sister have an advocate by her side. “Not having someone there with you is so hard. If you’re sick, you can’t …

— 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 Missouri is meeting with legislators, hospital administrators and health care professionals this month to garner support for a measure that could help family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act would allow every hospital patient in the state to designate a family caregiver. The hospital would make reasonable attempts to inform the caregiver before the patient is discharged and to show the caregiver how to perform medical tasks …

— AARP advocates in Iowa say it’s high time their state joined dozens of others in helping family caregivers be prepared to provide medical care when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act was introduced in the Iowa General Assembly in the last three sessions, but the legislation has yet to reach a floor vote. The bill, already enacted in 39 states and territories, would let every hospital patient in Iowa designate …

— From connecting family caregivers with local resources to sharing tips with consumers about local scams, AARP Indiana is working to improve the lives of residents 50-plus in Gary. AARP also is working with FAITH, a neighborhood revitalization group, to create a farmers market that will serve the downtown Emerson neighborhood. In addition, AARP is working with elected officials to designate Gary as an age-friendly community. The designation does not mean a city has solved its problems, but rather that it …