— The Pennsylvania House Professional Licensure Committee is currently considering Senate Bill 780, which would offer state residents more options for health care through telemedicine. It’s time for Pennsylvania to join 25 other states that have already improved access to quality health care by requiring insurers to offer coverage for telemedicine-provided services comparable to that of in-person services.  Telemedicine will expand the availability of health care and home and community based-services (HCBS) and increase the choice of providers, especially in rural …

— AARP-Commissioned Surveys Show 19th and 22nd District 50+ Voters United in Concern Over Health Care Costs, Social Security, Medicare ALBANY, N.Y. – Challengers Antonio Delgado and Anthony Brindisi hold leads over incumbents John Faso and Claudia Tenney among voters 50 and older in the nationally-watched races to represent New York’s 19th and 22nd congressional districts, according to new AARP-commissioned polls. The polls also show 50-plus voters in both districts are united, across party lines, in their concern over healthcare costs …

— An AARP poll released October 1 shows more than two-thirds of voters age 50 and older in Texas’ Seventh Congressional District believe Congress should strengthen Medicare and Social Security, address rising prescription drug costs, and strengthen and support family caregivers. “With Election Day less than 50 days away, candidates in the Seventh Congressional District would be wise to listen to the state’s most powerful voting group: those age 50 and older,” said Bob Jackson, AARP Texas director. “History shows older …

— Check out the October AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Telephone Town Halls with U.S. Senate Candidates. Burkholder Named Recipient of Volunteer Award. Caregiving Expert to Speak in Bismarck and Fargo. Minot, Grand Forks Caregiving Lunch and Learns. Upcoming Coffee and Conversations in Mayville, Cavalier, and Valley City. Monthly legislative update calls with Advocacy Director Mike Chaussee. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. Get Help with Medicare Part D during Open Enrollment If you’d like to receive the newsletter …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources.  The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver.   Witness to Loss As we companion those who are aging, ill, or dying, we witness a tremendous amount of loss. No matter how well prepared or well trained we are, witnessing the losses of others affects us in profound ways. Sometimes the experience changes how we see the world, how we understand ourselves, and/or how we …

—   Two residents died this week. Hey! Wait! That’s exactly how I began a blog in January. Well. What do I expect? Most residents living in my ALF are octogenarians and nonagenarian’s, although there are a smattering of “young’uns” in their seventies, and a couple of folks in their sixties. But we have enough “old’uns” to keep the fresh new journalists-to-be of our local newspaper skillful in writing obituaries.   “Passing away” is a constant in a living community of …

— More than 140,000 Georgians live with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, and African Americans are at a greater risk of developing the condition. Learn more about how to support people with dementia and their caregivers at the workshop Understanding Dementia in the African American Community, cosponsored by SageNavigator and Faith Village Connections, on Saturday, Oct. 20. Occurring from 10 a.m. to noon at Light of the World Church International (1040 Willingham Drive in East Point), the event will …

— By Laura Tillman Rosamond Bradley was 73 and living on her own in 2009. She had been a teacher, church volunteer and avid traveler. But she had begun to behave erratically. After one incident—smashing windows in her home, claiming a burglar was trying to get in—Bradley was admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Eventually, a Lubbock County judge, citing Bradley’s mental illness and dementia, found that she was incapable of taking care of herself and named a son as her guardian. …

— By Merry MacKinnon No Oregon law requires it, but Albany farmer Ben Verhoeven gives all 25 of his employees paid parental leave. “We’re a second-generation family farm and we support families,” said Verhoeven, 35, whose greenhouse, Peoria Gardens Inc., offers workers up to 12 weeks of employer-funded leave at full pay for the birth or adoption of a child. He took paid leave from his own business when his two children were born. But Verhoeven would also like to see …

— Join AARP Kentucky for “Caring for the Caregiver,” a free event, Friday, Nov. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center. Explore expert-led sessions on caregiving, visit massage stations, and speak with local services exhibitors. Advance registration is required at aarp.cvent.com/kycaregivers18 or by calling 877-926-8300 toll-free.