— 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 …

— 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 …

— Beginning April 1, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin mailing NEW Medicare cards to all people with Medicare health insurance.  CMS, Delaware’s Division of Health and Social Services, with other statewide partners, will be presenting information about this and many other services available to Delaware residents with Medicare. Mark your calendar, and bring a friend: DATE:     Thursday March 8, 2018 TIME:      9:00 – 11:30 AM LOCATION:     Newark Senior Center, 200 White …

— 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 …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. ET What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— 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 …

— AARP Delaware and the YMCA of Delaware have teamed up to deliver health education and diabetes prevention, aimed at improving the health and well-being of Delawareans age 50+ and their families.  The partnership is part of a national effort, whereby the two organizations will work together to reach a variety of cultures and communities with information about preventing diabetes and staying healthy. According to the YMCA, you may be at risk for prediabetes or diabetes if you have 2 or …

— 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 …