Paint and Socialize at Event for Caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-06T00:00:00+00:00">November 6, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-11-07T16:54:37+00:00">November 7, 2018</time> by AARP Rhode Island

AARP Rhode Island is hosting a paint night during National Caregivers Month to support the estimated 134,000 family caregivers in the state. Enjoy an evening of creativity, friendship and fun at “The He(art) of the Caregiver” event, where members can create a work of art for themselves or as a gift for the caregivers in their lives. Participants may also give this evening out to a caregiver as respite. Occurring on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., the event will …

Omaha Receives Community Challenge Grants

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:06:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T15:04:03+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP Nebraska

Omaha hosted a neighborhood festival, and the city will soon have more benches, planters and art installations as part of an initiative to make the area more appealing to residents of all ages. Thanks to funding from two AARP Community Challenge grants, Omaha is improving its transportation and mobility options and creating vibrant public places. A grant to ONE Omaha was used to host the Omaha NeighborFest 2018 in September. The event featured project demonstrations, neighborhood tours, local vendors and …

Vital Aging Conference Focuses on Veterans

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:01:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T15:13:07+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP Oregon

AARP Oregon is hosting several Vital Aging conferences, including Saturday, Nov. 10, at the United Unitarian Church, 1685 W. 13th Ave., Eugene. The event, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is designed specifically for veterans, the military and their families, but all members are welcome. Speakers include music therapist Jodi Winnwalker and Nathaniel Boehme, of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs, who will share resources. Workshops will focus on AARP’s work in the local community as well as on fraud …

Law Strengthens CARE Act Rules for Hospitals

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:01:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T14:37:35+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP Oklahoma

A new law will help ensure that hospitals are providing caregivers the assistance they need so patients can receive proper treatment when they go home. In 2014, Oklahoma was the first state in the country to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which requires hospitals to record the name of a caregiver during admission, to notify that person if the patient is moved or discharged and to prepare the caregiver for simple medical tasks at home. But AARP …

State Looks at Ways to Help Employees Save

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:01:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T14:46:36+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP New Mexico

About 6 in 10 New Mexico residents who work in the private sector do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employer. Last year the state legislature, with participation from AARP, set up a task force to devise a new way for private-sector employees to save for retirement. This fall the group submitted its recommendations to lawmakers, and the legislature is expected to consider a bill during the 2019 session. “The task force is proposing a hybrid …

Hegg Brothers Bringing Musical Cheer

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:01:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T14:48:59+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP South Dakota

Get into the holiday spirit with a series of local concerts throughout the state next month. AARP South Dakota will sponsor holiday shows in December. Members can receive discounted tickets to hear the Hegg Brothers, a local music duo, perform with their talented friends. The events will be held at the Rapid City Performing Arts Center on Dec. 7, Huron High School on Dec. 9, the Riggs High Theater in Pierre on Dec. 13 and the Washington Pavilion in Sioux …

Montgomery, Oxford Receive Challenge Grants

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:01:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T14:54:32+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP Alabama

Two communities in the state have won AARP Community Challenge grants that will help pedestrians, bicyclists and those who enjoy parks. The City of Montgomery’s Planning Department is receiving $6,000 to install two pedestrian crossing signals and a colorful crosswalk, with the goal of increasing safety. The city of Oxford will use its $10,800 for 10 park benches and bike racks along Main Street in the historic downtown. The projects are two of 129 award recipients for “quick action” projects …

Challenge Grants Go to Baton Rouge, DeRidder

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:01:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T14:56:10+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP Louisiana

Walking outdoors improves both personal and community fitness. That’s why AARP is helping fund projects, including two in the Bayou State, to make cities more walkable. The nonprofit Center for Planning Excellence earned an AARP Community Challenge grant to provide lighting, safe pedestrian crossings and programs for walking clubs near Longfellow Park in Baton Rouge. Another grant went to the city of DeRidder in Beauregard Parish, to improve walkability through accessible sidewalks, easily identifiable crosswalks and signage. The grants total …

Open Enrollment in Health Plans Begins

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:01:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T14:57:54+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP South Carolina

Open enrollment in health care insurance marketplaces starts this month. AARP South Carolina reminds residents that the Palmetto Project, an independent nonprofit, is a great source of information on health care options and choices. South Carolina’s uninsured rate has dropped consistently, from 16 percent in 2013 to 9 percent in 2016, according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. Palmetto Project has championed the rights of consumers to have free access to fair and accurate information about health insurance coverage choices …

3 Communities Earn Challenge Grants

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-11-01T00:01:00+00:00">November 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2018-10-22T15:00:11+00:00">October 22, 2018</time> by AARP Florida

Three AARP Community Challenge grants totaling $29,000 aim to make communities more age-friendly. Grants are going to Jacksonville’s Springfield Preservation and Revitalization Council, for a bike- and wheelchair-maintenance station; to the Urban Health Partnership/Miami-Dade Age-Friendly Initiative, to add benches near trees at transit stops; and to Keys to Peace in Tavernier, for an intergenerational garden at a senior center. The garden will increase access to healthful foods and bring adults and children together to plant and harvest vegetables and flowers. …