— If you are like most caregivers, you probably feel a wee bit guilty taking a little time for yourself. Right? Today, I would like to address the issue of guilt in the context of caregiving. Caregiving is hard enough without adding the extra burden of guilt. Perhaps by recognizing the common sources of guilt, we can begin to intentionally lighten the load. In the iTunes Podcast store for Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac users In the Google Music store for Android OS users, On SoundCloud.com or …

— AARP Maine, Alzheimer’s Assoc., Maine Chapter, MS Society and MCOA Celebrate Passage of Joint Resolution to Support Maine Family Caregivers  Host Press Conference at State House   AUGUSTA: On April 3, representatives from AARP Maine, the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, the MS Society and the Maine Council on Aging hosted a press conference to celebrate the passage of LR 2961, a Joint Resolution to Support Family Caregivers in Maine. The press conference featured House Majority Leader and House Chair of the …

Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act becomes law in the Virgin Islands

— Español Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, You Tube, Yahoo, Gmail, icloud  – all but only some of the platforms and tools that connect us with our loved ones through technology. There is no doubt we are living the Digital Age.  Have you ever wondered what happens to your accounts created within these platforms after your passing? In the Virgin Islands, Family Caregivers who lost their loved one have struggled to obtain access to these accounts because once the owner of the accounts …

— By Danica Lucker More than half a million Coloradans care for an older parent, spouse or other relative. Many of them were thrust into the role without adequate time or information to be ready. “Many times, it comes about because of crisis,” said Judy Rough, senior director of strategic alliances at the Society of Certified Senior Advisors in Denver. “And being thrown into something you are not prepared for doesn’t usually get you the best results.” Rough will be one …

— By Natalie Missakian When Maryann Croce hires an employee at her automotive repair shop in Norwalk, she assigns a senior team member to take the newcomer under his wing. The pairing does more than bring the often younger worker up to speed on company practices. It’s a step toward nurturing the next generation of workers in a trade that, like many, is struggling to replenish a workforce nearing retirement. Encouraging relationships, Croce said, helps bridge the cultural differences that can …

— By Joanne Cleaver It’s good to have company on the learning curve—especially if it’s a curve you haven’t navigated before. Louise Young-Benson said this camaraderie develops quickly when residents who are 50-plus take AARP-sponsored workshops and discover that they have the same questions about technology, caregiving, job hunting and other life skills. “You’re in with a bunch of compadres,” said Young-Benson, a retired Milwaukee Public Schools counselor and AARP volunteer in her mid-60s. At recent workshops, she learned a lot …

— By Chuck Betts AARP Iowa State President As this year’s state legislative session nears conclusion, a number of statewide organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Iowans have joined together to urge passage of the 2018 Iowa CARE Act. This is a no-cost, commonsense step to support Iowa’s caregiving families when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. In its most recent form, the proposal has no recorded opposition. In fact, all Iowa health care provider groups …

— From Lori Parham, AARP Maine State Director Welcome to the Spring 2018 Edition of the AARP Maine E-Newsletter! I’m excited to share with you the latest happenings across Maine. Each quarter we bring you news from around the Pine Tree state, hoping to highlight the issues of most interest to you and your family. Do you love politics and the political process? You may be one of the dozens of activists and volunteers who joined us during the legislative session …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 7 – 7:30 p.m. ET Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …

— Our online Q&A sessions can help you keep your loved one secure. Keeping Your Loved Ones Safe at Home Part 1: Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 1 – 1:30 p.m. HST Nearly half of family caregivers are caring for a loved one who still lives in his or her home. Another 35 percent share a home with the loved one in their care. You want a safe and secure home …