Help for Veterans is Underused

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T03:10:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-01T12:36:58+00:00">December 1, 2017</time> by AARP Oregon

  By Mac McLean Cameron Smith has a simple message for the state’s 311,000 veterans: We’re here to help. But he’s having difficulty getting that message across. “Sometimes, our veterans have not been raising their hands,” said Smith, director of the Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) since 2013. “We can do a much better job at helping them connect.” Smith launched a series of campaigns two years ago aimed at older, female and LGBTQ veterans. He’s forming new partnerships …

State Gets High Marks for Helping Caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T03:07:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-15T16:14:40+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP Vermont

Over the past six years, Vermont has dramatically improved services that help people continue to live at home as they age. A 2017 scorecard measuring state performance in providing such services ranked Vermont third overall—up from 20th in 2011. The Green Mountain State has shown more improvement than any other state in making services affordable and accessible for older adults, people with disabilities and family caregivers. Recognizing this achievement, the SCAN Foundation awarded the inaugural Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and …

Discussion Groups to Explore Brain Health

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T03:01:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-15T15:34:23+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP Virginia

AARP is hosting brain health seminars throughout Northern Virginia to explain how smart habits and social interaction can sharpen your mind. The community meetings will focus on five pillars of brain health: diet, regular exercise, social engagement, relaxation and learning new things. AARP volunteers will lead group discussions about how to meet those goals. Events are scheduled Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1-2 p.m., at Kings Park Library, 9000 Burke Lane Road, in Burke; Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2-3 p.m., at Central Community …

Telehealth Bills Gaining Support

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T02:56:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-15T14:19:30+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP Pennsylvania

By Cristina Rouvalis Jane Johnson’s hands and knuckles are so swollen from her arthritis that she can no longer wear her rings and perform simple every­day tasks. “I can’t open a bag of potato chips,” she said. “My hands hurt when I drive.” The 75-year-old retired teacher dreaded driving for an hour and a half from her home in rural Franklin to a recommended specialist in Pittsburgh. Instead of traveling such a long distance, she drives seven miles down the …

Attention Holiday Shoppers: Watch Out for Fraud

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T02:53:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-15T15:01:19+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP Delaware

’Tis the season to be merry—and to watch out for fraud. Scammers take full advantage of the giving season by trying to bilk people out of their cash, goods and identities. AARP Delaware reminds First Staters to be on the alert for schemes that are common at this time of year. Typical holiday scams include online shopping fraud. Con artists offer unrealistic discounts on popular brand items, then steal the “buyer’s” credit card information. Scammers also post phony charity solicitations …

Time to Talk About Caregiving

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T02:47:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-15T14:53:37+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP West Virginia

Family visits during the holidays are a prime time to make sure aging relatives are managing all right on their own. For an estimated 282,000 family caregivers in West Virginia, this can be challenging, as they consider how to help loved ones continue to live at home. AARP West Virginia is hosting a caregiving tele-town hall on Thursday, Dec. 14, 3-4 p.m. The telephone session aims to help caregivers broach sensitive subjects, such as driving, personal care, housework and finances. …

Caregiving, Livable Community Top Our 2018 Agenda

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T02:41:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-15T14:46:51+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP Washington DC

Many residents age 50-plus share common goals: They want Washington, D.C., to be a livable community for people of all ages. They want supportive services for an estimated 75,000 unpaid family caregivers. And they want a strong nest egg for retirement. AARP DC is keeping those priorities in mind as it prepares to work with the Council of the District of Columbia in 2018. Two issues top the agenda: relieving the burden on family caregivers and helping D.C. communities become …

Free Freeze for Credit Reports

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T02:39:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-15T16:49:30+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP Maine

In the wake of recent security breaches, AARP is reminding Mainers that they can prevent identity theft by freezing their credit reports. Under a 2015 law, state residents can use a personal identification number (PIN) to freeze and unfreeze their credit reports as needed—for free—to control who sees the data. To be effective, a freeze must be placed with the three major credit bureaus: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.

We’re Gearing Up for Legislative Session

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T02:29:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-15T14:41:25+00:00">November 15, 2017</time> by AARP North Carolina

State legislators will be back in session in May, and AARP North Carolina is gearing up to advocate for the state’s 1.3 million unpaid family caregivers, who save the state money on long-term care costs. Topping the legislative agenda is the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which would allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver—and would require hospitals to make reasonable efforts to show caregivers how to perform medical tasks their loved ones will need at home. …

CCSU Tackles Needs of Aging Population

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2017-12-01T02:29:00+00:00">December 1, 2017</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-11-21T11:46:04+00:00">November 21, 2017</time> by AARP Connecticut

Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) has joined a global network of higher education institutions committed to developing programs to serve the needs of an aging population. The network includes 150 universities in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. AARP Connecticut is working with CCSU’s faculty and Office of Continuing Education to develop workshops on topics such as disrupt aging, careers in aging and fraud prevention. For details, email ctaarp@aarp.org.