— 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 …

— Diabetes can cause heart disease, stroke, amputation, blindness and even death. More than 13 percent of Delaware adults have diabetes, and 38 percent have prediabetes. AARP is collaborating with the YMCA of Delaware to help people prevent diabetes through healthier habits. YMCA offers a 16-week course on how to use diet, exercise and modest weight loss to prevent the disease. For information and fees, go to ymcade.org/preventdiabetes or email diabetesprevention@ymcade.org. The program offers AARP members a 20 percent discount. Ask …

— Join AARP and the YMCA for a Celebration of Better Health and Wellness at the Bear/Glasgow YMCA on Tuesday, November 28 for healthy fun, games and even a cooking demonstration. You will hear testimonials from individuals who have improved their health with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Gain valuable information about healthy food choices, exercise and resources. Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Event: 10 a.m. – noon Walking Group: noon – 1 p.m. Bear/Glasgow YMCA 351 George Williams Way Newark, DE …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …

— Join us for two live Medicare webcasts and get answers to your questions Do you have questions about Medicare coverage and plan options? Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or entering open enrollment, the two-part Medicare Q&A series from Learn@50+ can get you answers about your 2017 plan options. In part one, AARP’s Medicare expert Susan Lutz will review the different parts of Medicare and answer your questions about enrollment periods for new Medicare recipients and open enrollment rules for …

— The kick-off season of Walk4Health begins in October! We are excited to invite you to join us this year at one or all of walks that we have designed for you! Walk4Health is a collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP and the YMCA of Delaware. Our goal is to promote healthy behaviors in a fun, social environment.  Walks take place in downtown Wilmington. Our starting point is the lobby of the Central YMCA in Wilmington. Each walk …

— 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 …

— 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 announces the City of Dover as the winner for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning project is a re-opening of a walking/biking path in Dover.  Each project was partially or fully funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant. “Being able to live successfully in one’s community for as long as possible is a benchmark of the Livable Communities concept,” said Lucretia Young, AARP Delaware State Director. “Having …

— In support of unpaid family caregivers, AARP Delaware is sponsoring a room at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. The house provides shelter for families of children who are seriously or chronically ill or injured and are receiving treatment at area hospitals. More than 44,000 families have stayed at the house since it opened in 1991. Up to five family members, including grandparents and great-grandparents, may share a room for a nominal donation. AARP Delaware’s $5,000 sponsorship in 2017 is …