Rules Limit Tasks for Home Aides

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:25:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-20T22:35:28+00:00">December 20, 2017</time> by AARP Ohio

By Sarah Hollander Soon after Mary Relotto moved her 90-year-old mother into her Columbus home last fall, she realized she would need help. While family members can perform nursing tasks for a loved one at home, state regulations restrict the tasks that hired caregivers can provide. Home health aides can assume many tasks, but nurses must perform others, including the administration of medications. Relotto, a 52-year-old business consultant, said she wanted more flexible options. “If I’m the responsible party, then …

Broadband: Who Will Pay For It?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:23:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-18T16:47:39+00:00">December 18, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

By Sheila O. Schimpf Online is where almost everybody wants to be these days. But in Michigan, not everybody can get there. Last year, more than 380,000 state households were not wired to have high-speed internet access, known as broadband. “Absolutely we need more broadband,” said Eric Frederick, a vice president at Connected Nation and Connect Michigan, nonprofits that advocate for broadband expansion. Those lacking high-speed access are “mostly in rural areas, outside of small towns,” he said. The Legislature …

Goal: Make Illinois Cities Age-Friendly

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:21:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-19T16:38:19+00:00">December 19, 2017</time> by AARP Illinois

By Kelly Soderlund As a nearly 27-year resident of Springfield, Howard Peters cares about improving it. During his daily three-mile walk along Meadowbrook Road, Peters is able to enjoy what Springfield has to offer. But he also has a front-row view of how the streets could be improved with safer options for pedestrians and bicyclists. “The older population tends to be concerned about the extent to which their community is safe,” said Peters, 72. “Safe not only for them to …

Lawmakers: Ease the Burden on Caregivers

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:20:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T11:27:33+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP Delaware

Caregiving is challenging, as Delaware’s 123,000 unpaid family caregivers can attest. Home health aides can provide needed support with tasks such as bathing, dressing and feeding. But because state law does not allow these workers to administer medications, family caregivers often have to leave work to do it themselves. AARP Delaware is pushing for legislation that would allow nurses to delegate certain medical tasks to home health aides to relieve the burden on family caregivers. The First State ranks 41st …

Nix the Nuclear Utility Tax

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:12:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T11:20:01+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by

With Garden Staters already paying some of the highest electricity rates in the country, AARP New Jersey is fighting a proposed increase. Corporate profits from nuclear power plants have decreased in a competitive marketplace driven by a natural gas boom. PSEG, Exelon and other corporations want all electricity consumers to pay new subsidies to increase the profitability of their aging nuclear power plants. As part of the New Jersey Coalition Against Nuclear Taxes (NJ CANT), AARP opposes the surcharge. The …

MI_BROADBAND: WHO WILL PAY FOR IT?

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:03:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-08T16:06:20+00:00">December 8, 2017</time> by AARP Michigan

We’re Looking for Leaders

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T02:02:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-13T11:11:56+00:00">December 13, 2017</time> by AARP New Hampshire

AARP New Hampshire is accepting applications for the 2018 class of its Senior Leadership Program. The goal of the eight-month program is to train state residents age 50-plus as leaders who will advocate on behalf of their peers. Twenty-five participants will be selected, based on their motivation to become active in policymaking and systems change. They will be required to attend five meetings in Concord, Manchester, Plymouth and Lebanon between April and November. All expenses for lodging, meals and materials …

Make a Difference on Issues That Affect You

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T00:23:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-20T20:41:23+00:00">December 20, 2017</time> by AARP Idaho

AARP Idaho is hosting its annual Lobby Day on Thursday, Feb. 8. AARP members can visit the Statehouse in Boise, watch lawmakers in action and show support for key issues, such as the Idaho Caregiver Act and access to telehealth. Participants will attend committee meetings and observe House and Senate action. Having AARP members present and actively engaged can show strength in numbers, while highlighting issues affecting constituents age 50 and older. The free event includes bus transportation and lunch, …

A Few Extra Bucks With a Big Impact

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T00:01:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-11T14:05:03+00:00">December 11, 2017</time> by AARP Washington

By Vanessa Ho Every weekend, Mark Diimmel goes out for dinner and a movie with his sister, who often takes him to get Chinese or Italian food, or maybe burgers and a milkshake. Diimmel, 64, has schizophrenia and lives in an adult family home in Bremerton, paid for by Medicaid and Social Security. But the outings have become more difficult. Everything costs more, while his personal-needs allowance—the amount of income Diimmel is allowed to keep for himself—has remained the same, …

Let Nurses Improve Access to Health Care

Posted on <time class="entry-date published" datetime="2018-01-01T00:01:00+00:00">January 1, 2018</time><time class="updated" datetime="2017-12-15T14:49:27+00:00">December 15, 2017</time> by AARP Mississippi

Mississippi has the fourth-highest percentage of rural residents in the country and the lowest number of doctors per capita. Meanwhile, the state’s 60-plus population is growing faster than any other age group. These factors can make it hard to access medical care, especially for those who don’t drive. AARP Mississippi is pushing for legislation that would allow advanced practice registered nurses to evaluate patients, order and interpret tests and manage care. Currently, these nurses must have a collaborative agreement with …