— Each day, more than 123,000 Delawareans serve as caregivers for family members. Families are doing their best to care for loved ones at home. But they cannot do it alone. They need help to balance work, family and caregiving. Why does Delaware law say you cannot have a nurse’s aide come into your home and administer medicines to your loved one while you’re at work? AARP and a coalition of partners want to change this law, and let families get …

— Strokes, surgeries, and trauma from falls or other injuries sometimes result in patients needing extensive care by physical, occupational or speech therapists. But because of inaction by Congress, many seniors on Medicare are facing expensive out-of-pocket costs for treatments they need to remain independent. A failure by Congress to repeal a harsh limit on therapy treatments poses very real financial and medical threats to seniors already struggling from strokes or debilitating conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Some could be forced …

— AARP Delaware is applauding the Delaware Public Service Commission for taking swift action to lower the rates that homeowners and businesses are charged for electricity, natural gas and other utilities after a federal tax overhaul took effect on Jan. 1. Recent changes to federal tax law reduced the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. In Delaware, The Public Service Commission recently approved a petition from the state’s Public Advocate to ensure that those tax savings will translate …

— Caregiving is challenging, as Delaware’s 123,000 unpaid family caregivers can attest. Home health aides can provide needed support with tasks such as bathing, dressing and feeding. But because state law does not allow these workers to administer medications, family caregivers often have to leave work to do it themselves. AARP Delaware is pushing for legislation that would allow nurses to delegate certain medical tasks to home health aides to relieve the burden on family caregivers. The First State ranks 41st …

— Each day, thousands of Delawareans serve as caregivers for family members.  These family caregivers often have full-time day jobs; they return home from work to provide evening care, or dash home at lunch to check in on loved ones.  They provide trusted care to those they hold most dear—an emotionally challenging, but critical, role in our society. The challenges can be financial, too.  Family caregivers often cannot afford to hire a nurse.  And to paraphrase a former DHSS Secretary: Delaware …

— George Meldrum of Wilmington has been appointed as the new state president of AARP Delaware. AARP has more than 185,000 members in the state and is instrumental in improving the lives of older adults through information, advocacy, community service, local offerings and events. Mr. Meldrum brings a wealth of experience in both the healthcare and non-profit fields with executive and leadership roles into this top volunteer position with AARP in Delaware. Mr. Meldrum has an extensive background in advocacy, administration and …

— Delaware’s population is aging faster than the national average. Are supportive services for long-term care adequate to deal with this trend? A state-by-state scorecard recently published by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation shows looming shortfalls in Delaware. The state ranks 28th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of its older residents and those with disabilities. Delaware did well on quality of life and quality of care, coming in at No. 6. But the …

— The State of Delaware has eliminated the Senior Prescription Assistance Program due to cuts in the budget approved this past July. The State sent a letter to each senior who had been receiving assistance through the program, telling them the program was ending. The letter also explained that seniors who were losing the state benefit had the option to switch to a Part D prescription plan with a lower premium. Many people who lost this state benefit are also eligible …

— AARP Delaware is conducting a statewide search for its new State President. This volunteer leader works in collaboration with other appropriate volunteers and staff to position AARP in Delaware, and achieve the AARP vision, mission, and strategic priorities. The State President will be governed by the policies and procedures of the Association. To apply, contact Carlos de los Ramos at cdelosramos@aarp.org. Responsibilities Serves as the principal AARP volunteer spokesperson in the state, communicating AARP messages statewide. Maintains a positive working …

— Delaware ranks twenty-eighth overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, but AARP warns more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Specific areas of concern in Delaware include “Support for Family Caregivers,” in particular the area of nurse delegation and nurse practitioner scope of practice. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term …