— Caregiving crises can erupt with a phone call. For me it happened on a glorious sunny morning in the summer of 2008 with a ring from my sister. Within hours of hearing that Mom’s caregiver needed to be fired, panic and fear rained down on me because we realized Mom would soon have to leave home. Ten years later, when I reflect on that phone call, I still feel the churn in my stomach as I raced across town to …

— Starting our new life together in 1991 was scary and exciting.  Jack and I were married and moving to Holland to advance his career with an International Company. My joy was over-shadowed by dread. Jack was diagnosed with myeloma a month before our wedding. Like many who hear “he/she has CANCER” my life changed forever! I was overcome by shock, anger and fear and wondered if I was strong enough. How will I survive the guilt of leaving my business, …

— AARP Missouri staff and volunteers were in attendance as the governor signed the CARE Act into law. The CARE Act, legislation supported by AARP, offers unpaid family caregivers needed support by requiring hospitals to record the name of the caregiver when their loved one is admitted, notifying the caregiver when their loved one is to be moved or discharged, and instructing the caregiver on the medical tasks they will  need to perform at home. Across Missouri, family caregivers spend over …

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— Please join AARP Georgia as it presents Understanding Dementia in the African-American Community in conjunction with Sage Navigator &        Faith Village Connections. The session will be followed by a virtual dementia experience and memory screening. Prepare to Care  guides and the faith-based took kit for faith leaders also will be available. If interested in attending this important workshop, please call 404-549-4504 to register. This is a free public workshop and participants must register to attend. For additional information, …

— For the hundreds of thousands of caregivers across Kansas tirelessly caring for their parents, spouses, and other loved ones so they can live independently at home, help is here. The Kansas Lay Caregiver Act took effect on July 1, 2018, giving caregivers support as their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. Across Kansas, 345,000 caregivers spend four million hours each year caring for loved ones – a contribution totaling about $3.8 billion in unpaid care. …

— AARP Mississippi is inviting all Veterans in the area to attend the AARP Veterans Town Hall on Friday, August 17, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The free event will be held at the Brown Mississippi Baptist Church, 980 Stateline Road East in Southaven. Veterans may bring one guest. Lunch will be served. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reported that 219,000 Veterans resided in Mississippi. AARP Mississippi seeks to bring together Veterans of all eras to …

— There are moments within the caregiving experience after which everything changes. A game changer. A tipping point. This is often an unwelcome, unanticipated wake-up call that requires a response from caregivers and care receivers—a change in plans or perhaps an increased level of care. While tipping points come in a variety of guises, all tipping points precipitate a caregiving crisis that necessitates a change in the plan of care. In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In …

— Greetings one and all… It is a glorious morning—sunshine, blue skies, and a lovely breeze. It is one of those mornings when I am incredibly thankful to be alive! Sitting on my porch sipping coffee, I savored the scene of my dogs and cat patrolling the backyard and investigating every nook and cranny. I toured the gardens to welcome the new flowers on display. After our horrific hail storm two weeks ago, I have no idea how our flowers survived …

— Amy Goyer, AARP’s Family and Caregiving expert and author of “Juggling Life, Work, and Caregiving,” will be the featured speaker at AARP North Dakota’s lunch and learns Nov. 14 in Bismarck and Nov. 15 in Fargo. Goyer is a nationally known expert on aging and families, specializing in family caregiving, grandparenting, and multigenerational issues. She has spent more than 30 years advocating for and serving older adults and families. A recognized media authority, she has appeared on Good Morning America, …

— Dear So & So, I don’t mean to hurt your feelings, but I’d rather you were not my Caregiver this month. I understand, unlike other Long Term Care facilities, the residents of NAME REDACTED Assisted Living Facility have the right to accept or reject an assigned Caregiver.  I sure hope so, because I pay over $6000 a month to live  here. At that rate, I’m sure you’d agree, I should be able to call some of the shots.  After all, …