— I was a university teacher for 59 years. That’s the totality of my university, campus based classroom instruction, including the 15 years I taught through my retirement days and five years as a co-teacher during my wheelchair confinement as a disabled person. I continue to “teach” as a Guest Speaker in classes related to age and disability. But last year, “the tables were turned,” “the shoe was on the other foot,” “the glove was on the other hand,” and all the …

— Mary Louse Embrey’s 94-year old father was an active family man. When a variety of health conditions got the best of him, caring for him became complicated. He wanted to stay in his own home, which the whole family fully embraced and made happen. Soon enough, Mary Louise became challenged by balancing her work schedule and family life while helping to care for her two young children. “Had services been available, our last months with Dad would have been as …

— March is my time to Celebrate the coming of Spring and my Birthday! I am so grateful to share my special day with my husband, ‘children’and grandchildren. It is also a Celebration of 28 years that Jack is Living with Cancer. Cancer is an awful disease to face, but thankfully there are an increasing number of resources available to patients and caregivers over the past 15 years. One of the potential resources available is seeking a consultation with an expert …

— Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has introduced his executive budget and AARP Wisconsin was delighted to see it included the acceptance of Medicaid Expansion, something we have advocated for over the last several budget sessions. AARP WI believes accepting Medicaid Expansion will provide coverage for more people, make Wisconsin healthier, and provide additional funding for the Medicaid programs that support health care for older adults, fund senior programs, and help older Wisconsinites age in their homes and their communities. On March …

— BILL STATUS UPDATE: House Bill 1087 passed the House on Feb. 21 (see AARP Statement) on a bipartisan vote of 63-33, and is pending scheduling for an Executive Session of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee. With baby boomers soon to start turning 80, Washington State must continue our long-standing commitment to improving long-term services and supports for older people and those with disabilities. A vast and vulnerable population needs help with bathing, dressing, managing medications, preparing meals, …

— The ALF (Assisted Living Facility) I live in is located in a college town. That means all, or most, of our caregivers are university students. This has significant implications for our care. Since most of the residents are in their seventies or eighties, these young women – “she” is the usual personal pronoun used when talking about a caregiver – could be our granddaughters. It would be nice if they thought of us as “grandpa” or “grandma.” For the most part though, …

— Caring for a loved one? Have caregiving challenges and questions? AARP Virginia is sponsoring Navigating the Caregiving Journey conference in Woodbridge on April 13. This annual event connects family caregivers with support and solutions; empowers family caregivers with insights and information; and educates and informs family caregivers with engaging and enlightening presentations. . The goal of the conference is to connect you with support and solutions; empower you with insights and information, and educate you with engaging and enlightening presentations. …

—                   Which is the face of a caregiver? Choose any one or more. Which did you choose? Sylvia? Elaine? Stacey? Joyce? Jeremy? Connie? or Katie? All of these attended a workshop in late January sponsored by the Roanoke area Local Office on Aging and facilitated by Russell Schiavone, an AARP VA Community Ambassador and one of our “go to” presenters of the Prepare to Care seminar. If you chose one or all …

— Having worked in the field of hospice and palliative care for many years, I realize most people are not comfortable talking about death and dying. In fact, as a community educator, I became quite creative when advertising programs and events so as not to scare people away! We live in an age denying, death averse society. However, our reluctance to confront the reality of our mortality doesn’t serve us well. Instead, if we are able to accept the fact that …

— AARP Volunteer Lil Keys Reaches Out to Northern Virginia’s Hispanic Community AARP volunteer Lilia (Lil) Keys serves on the AARP Virginia Executive Council; staffs the AARP information table at many events, especially those involving the Hispanic community; and speaks at AARP presentations on various topics, including caregiving and avoiding fraud. To start, tell me a little about yourself. I was born in Mexico, but I grew up in Laredo, Texas, so I’m bicultural and bilingual. My mother was from Mexico …