— Caregiving may be one of the most important roles you will ever take on in your life. You may have become a caregiver suddenly or perhaps your role has evolved over time. No matter where you are in the caregiving continuum – starting to plan or taking care of a family member – having resources at your fingertips will make the process easier. With many organizations offering different types of help and services, it can be a challenge to sort out …

— The Roanoke AARP VA Leadership Team often works closely in collaboration with the Local Office on Aging.  In June, the LOA had “Let’s Do Lunch”, its annual fundraising event.  Tickets sold covered the cost of the lunch and also funded two Meals on Wheels for needy seniors.  This year there was an all time high of customers who dined on site at North Roanoke Baptist Church.  Entertainment was provided by Jane Powell, a gifted singer and local celebrity.  A total …

— Millennial Family Caregivers More Likely to Care for Someone with a Mental or Emotional Health Issue, AARP Report Finds One-in-four of the nearly 40 million family caregivers in America is a millennial. AARP’s latest report, “Millennials: The Emerging Generation of Family Caregivers,” spotlights the unique. experiences and challenges this generation faces as more support a parent, grandparent, friend or neighbor  with basic living and medical needs. According to the report, millennials are more likely to care for someone with a …

— Summer means we can all get excited about relaxing in the sun and engaging in some of our favorite outdoor activities. However, with the extra sunlight, high temperatures and humidity come added health concerns — especially for at-risk groups like seniors. The statistics bear this out: A CDC study found that adults aged 65 and over accounted for 36 percent of heat-related deaths in the United States between 1999 and 2010, while another study done by the Harvard School of Public …

— There are many reasons for walking – for health and wellness, to get to places and save gas, and of course, to connect with community! Join AARP Oregon and Rogue Valley Transportation District this year for some great NeighborWalks in the Rogue Valley. Get your steps in, meet new people, and explore Ashland, Medford and Grantspass on foot.   NeighborWalks: Ashland Saturday, July 14 at 10:00am Meet at 20 East Main Street , Ashland Join us for a fun walk …

— As summer temperatures rise, staying cool can become a necessity for seniors and people with certain medical conditions. Cooling assistance is available for qualifying households through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “Extreme heat and humidity can create health and safety issues for older adults and other individuals with certain medical conditions,” said Michele Gee, director of the Department of Human Services’ Economic Assistance Division. “This program provides extra help to vulnerable individuals who need to stay safe …

— Check out the July AARP North Dakota newsletter. Stories include: Frank Abagnale identity theft presentation in Fargo. Upcoming healthy living program events in Bismarck-Mandan. July 18 Movie Night in Fargo. July 18 Coffee and conversation in New Town. Monthly legislative update calls with Advocacy Director Mike Chaussee. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. Volunteer Fraud Fighters needed. Scams Cropping Up Around New Medicare Cards. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by mail every month, email your USPS address to …

— Under a new law that takes effect July 19, registered nurses on staff at assisted living facilities can now use their judgment to alter procedures to meet residents’ temporary or intermittent needs. Previously, residents of assisted living facilities had to contract with a home health agency or go to a clinic or hospital in order to have a nurse perform tasks such as wound care or drawing blood. The new law, signed by Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) in April, lets …

— By Philip Lentz Several months ago, a 79-year-old woman went to the emergency room of Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus in Syracuse with confusing symptoms. One moment she was completely paralyzed; the next moment she felt fine. Suspecting a stroke, the doctors used a video link to connect her with Hesham Masoud, a neurologist at Upstate’s downtown location. Masoud observed that the patient had trouble communicating and had weakness in her right arm. A CT scan confirmed the stroke diagnosis. …

— AARP Oklahoma is cosponsoring two events in Tulsa to promote active aging and independent living. The 2018 Life Senior Services Senior Safety and Lifestyle Fair will be Tuesday, July 24, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Exchange Center at Expo Square, 4145 East 21st St. Each participant can discard up to two boxes of documents at an AARP shredding station from noon-3 p.m. The Tulsa World Senior Living Expo will be Saturday, Aug. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Renaissance Tulsa …