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Are you or someone you know a grandparent raising grandchildren or younger than 65 collecting Medicare due to a disability who may have a minor child at home?  The Husky A Medicaid income limit in Connecticut for parents and caretaker relatives of minor children has been decreased from 196% of the federal poverty level to 155% of the federal poverty level effective August 1, 2015.  Approximately 18,547 parents/caregivers who are working will be allowed to maintain their Medicaid coverage as …

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If you’re in need of information about depression and/or anxiety in children and adolescents, there is a resource for you! ParentLink’s Grandfamilies website can provide you with information on questions and inquiries regarding mental health at any age, as well as many other issues pertaining to grandfamilies. ParentLink is also available for professionals and all types of families who need specific questions about establishing family routines, building family cohesion, and promoting child strengths. Visit the website or call ParentLink’s WarmLine for …

A continually growing number of grandparents are faced with the decision of caring for and/or raising their grandchildren.  Some Boomers are also dealing with their aging parents in the home.  Not only are they caring for their grandchildren and their parents but they are also caring for themselves and in some cases their spouses as well.  A workshop on June 24, 2014 will provide information on resources to help grandparents manage. These Caregivers are juggling, coping and facing challenges they …

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Harlan County 5th grader’s family and state’s retired teachers celebrate the Black Mountain Elementary School statewide essay contest winner – Angel Wynn Tuesday, Angel Wynn received top honors in the 2014 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) and AARP Kentucky. Ms. Wynn and her grandmother, Luada Wynn, received their awards at the Annual “AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” ceremonies in Louisville. The Black Mountain Elementary School student’s grandmother, Luada Wynn was the …

AARP and Delaware Children’s Museum have partnered to offer $10 admission when you show your AARP membership card upon entry to the Museum. That’s a $2 savings, which can really add up over time. What better way to celebrate the holidays with your grandchildren than by taking them to the Children’s Museum to enjoy their changing and permanent exhibits right on Wilmington’s Riverfront. See what’s happening now at the Delaware Children’s Museum. You can  enjoy the Museum’s many exhibits that …

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By Margie Culbertson (This story is by Margie Culbertson, a freelance writer and AARP Mississippi volunteer. She is pictured on the left. To protect the privacy of the people interviewed for this story, some identifying characteristics have been changed.) Caregiving responsibilities are increasingly becoming the responsibility of Baby Boomers. Nearly 10 million people over the age of 50 care for their aging parents, according to a MetLife study.   I interviewed Mike, a 55-year-old Jackson man who is the caretaker for his buddy, …

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  Grandchildren are a joy, but can cause hardship within a family when parents are unable to care for their children and grandparents must step in as caregivers.  In Utah, nearly 83,000 children are being raised by a relative, but in the vast majority of cases–91 percent–these relatives are grandparents.  Approximately two-thirds are between 45 and 65 years old, meaning they might also have their own children at home.  Almost one-fifth are over 65, an age when retirement and a …

National Grandparents Day – September 8th – is an opportunity to spotlight the significant role grandparents play in the lives of their families. And this weekend, the spotlight will be shining extra bright on a growing number of Oklahoma “Grandfamilies” – grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Nearly nine percent of all Oklahoma children are being raised by a grandparent, said AARP Oklahoma State President Marjorie Lyons, a grandmother of three. “Many older Oklahomans simply never expected to be raising …

En Español | If you are a grandparent raising grandchildren, you are not alone. There are over 300,000 Californians caring for their grandchildren, including an estimated 24,000 in San Diego County. That’s why AARP is proud to be a part of the 2013 Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Symposium taking place in San Diego County on Saturday, September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The main event site will be Jacobs Center in San Diego, with keynote speeches webcast to El Cajon, …

Across the United States, almost 7.8 million children are living in homes where grandparents or other relatives are the householders, with more than 5.8 million children living in grandparents’ homes and nearly 2 million children living in other relatives’ homes. These families are often called “grandfamilies.” These grandparent and other relative caregivers and the children they are raising are often isolated. They lack information about the range of support services, resources, programs, benefits, laws and policies available to help them …