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— More than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians care for older parents, spouses or other loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on April 20, 2017, a new law takes effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act helps family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires hospitals to: Provide …

— The art of aging gracefully has changed. Traditional retirement plans are disappearing, the cost of daily living continues to rise, and nearly all people aged 65+ live with at least one chronic condition. This is why AARP New Hampshire, Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, and the National Council on Aging present the Aging Mastery Program®.  It’s a wellness series that combines goal-setting, daily practices, and peer support to help participants make meaningful changes in their lives, cultivating health and longevity! …

— We’re excited to announce the second annual community conference for Advance Care Planning Month! “Truth or Consequences: Advance Care Planning Essentials” is presented by the As You Wish Advance Caring Partnership, a program of the Advance Care Planning Coalition in Eastern Virginia. The day will kick off with opening remarks by Senator Mark R. Warner and a Keynote presentation by William A Hazel, Jr., MD, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Health care professionals and patient advocates will also …

— Central Virginia Cluster of The Links, Incorporated has spent the last year heightening awareness about the leading cause of death of older members of the African American community, diabetes and heart disease. This is why they’ve teamed up with AARP Virginia to offer the Voyage to Healthy Living. WHEN: April 19, 2017 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WHERE: Cedar Street Baptist Church 2301 Cedar Street Richmond, VA 23223 There will be a FREE on-site shredding available. Bring any confidential documents, and …

— As February, American Heart Month, draws to a close, it’s a good time to take stock of our heart health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure, making them four times more likely to suffer a stroke, and three times more likely to die of a heart attack.  There are many drivers of high blood pressure including hormones, stress, diet, and lack of exercise, but the bottom line is high blood …

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— AARP New Hampshire State Director Todd Fahey highlights why Medicare vouchers are not the right fix.  Here’s why: Proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher system would take health care in precisely the wrong direction – pushing up costs for current and future retirees — and eroding protections that Americans have earned through many years of hard work and taxes.  Yet, in a short-sighted attempt to save money, vouchers are being promoted on Capitol Hill as an answer to rising …

— Conscious Aging is an eight-week series about embracing aging and living and passionate and fulfilling mature life. The program, offered by the Denver Public Library, is facilitated by Catherine Dockery, MA*, and is held every Monday at 2 p.m. beginning Feb. 27, 2017. Check out this groundbreaking series of workshops on how to transform the aging process at the Schlessman Family Library, 100 Poplar St. Denver, CO 80220.  This eight-part series will explore a variety of topics to enable people to come …

— AARP Virginia is exciting to invite people age 50+ from across Hampton Roads for the 21st Annual Healthy Living Conference! The event will be held at the King of Glory Lutheran Church, located on 4897 Longhill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188, on April 6 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Attendees of this free event will learn smart strategies for healthy aging. Topics will include: Keynote Speaker Dr. Joan Vernikos, Author of “Sitting Kills, Moving Heals” Overcoming the Aches and Pains …

— Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in African American Women and AARP wants to help change that. Join us February 3, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. for the 9th Annual Red Dress Event.  The event will be held at the Army Navy Country Club located on 2400 18th Street, Arlington, VA 22202 Health screenings, blood pressure testing BMI measuring, a cash wine bar, giveaways and more will be available. The evening start off with a heart …

— New report gives tips and recommendations on sleep to help maintain and improve brain health. Washington, DC — If you want to maintain your brain health as you age, then get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per day, according to a new consensus report issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The expert recommendations include a wealth of information and practical tips for all adults age 50-plus to improve and maintain healthy sleep habits. …