— Diagnosed with dementia and without a job, volunteering for the issues and people she cares about the most has kept Jackie Coleman happier than ever before. Shortly after Coleman lost her dream job as a disability rights lawyer due to her diagnosis, she decided to become an AARP member and soon after that a volunteer with the AARP California Capitol Response Team, “where I make sure that we get approved the right laws that benefit those who are 50 years …

— San Jose Caregiving: The Circle of Love A documentary showing that highlights three AAPI caregivers and their caregiving journey, followed by a discussion with AARP Historian Emerita, Lily Liu. The 14-minute documentary, “Caregiving:  The Circle of Love,” produced by AARP and the sharing of AARP resources such as the guidebook, Prepare to Care:  A Planning Guide for Families, will help families start the difficult but vital conversation about caregiving. Professionals who work with diverse older adults in the community and their families will learn pertinent tips to help …

— ATTENTION SACRAMENTO ARTISTS: At the Sacramento PRIDE 2017 event, AARP hosted a “listening post” featuring the question: “What should AARP know about the challenges facing LGBT caregivers?” (Caregivers are those who provide care for a family member or friend including assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, feeding, and getting dressed.)   More than 100 responses were posted, containing a wide range of answers, including fear, discrimination, lack of information about services, and long-term care facilities that are LGBTQ-friendly. In …

— Español Participants’ ideas will be included in NHCOA’s annual “State of Hispanic Older Adults” The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), will bring together members of the older adult population, along with elected officials, social advocates, and service providers in an “Aging with Dignity” Town Hall at The California Endowment 1000 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.,  on August 30th. This linguistically and culturally safe space will give those present the opportunity to discuss …

— Español From the classic celebration of Mexico and the Central American countries’ independence day, the presentation of an AARP financial study about the economic situation of Californians, to our association with the popular soccer team LA Galaxy; AARP in Los Angeles has prepared several events to celebrate our contributions as Latinos in this society and also to provide you with tools that will help you make your life a better experience. All our events are free, but in some of them …

— Join us on June 21st at the University of San Francisco’s Xavier Auditorium to celebrate the launch of AARP’s new documentary CAREGIVING: THE CIRCLE OF LOVE. AARP created this short film in partnership with Executive Producer Toan Lam to help families start the often difficult but vital conversation about caregiving. The film presents the traditions and challenges of caregiving in the Chinese American community from the point of view of three family caregivers. The program will include a discussion about …

— By Ray Huard Sandy Douglas was the caregiver for her mother, who died in 2014 from Alzheimer’s disease, and is the caregiver for her husband, who suffered a heart attack and work-related injuries in 2011. “He has heart problems, a collapsed lung, high blood pressure, a back injury—I mean, he’s got everything,” said Douglas, 68, who lives in Coalinga in central California. Both her mother, who was 98 when she died, and her husband, 56, were in and out of …

— SACRAMENTO – To recognize her work in support California’s family caregivers, AARP has named State Senator Lois Wolk (SD 3) a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver,” joining a bipartisan group of state legislators and governors from across the nation. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers, whose dedication to their loved ones make it possible for older Americans to remain living in their own homes — where they want to be. Senator Wolk was a key advocate responsible for …

— To recognize her work in support California’s family caregivers, AARP has named State Senator Carol Liu (SD 25) a 2015 “Capitol Caregiver,” joining a bipartisan group of state legislators and governors from across the nation. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers, whose dedication to their loved ones make it possible for older Americans to remain living in their own homes — where they want to be. Senator Liu is the author of the California Hospital and …

— Are you or a friend one of the caregivers we love? Not only do we want to hear your stories, but we’d like to thank you in a very special way.  In honor of November being National Family Caregivers Month, those who submit stories to our I Heart Caregivers page will receive a copy of a special caregiving-inspired print created by noted Los Angeles Cartoonist, Lalo Alcaraz. Alcaraz, the creator of the syndicated daily comic strip, “La Cucaracha,” and a …