— With nearly 10 million new cases of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease occurring each year1, and no cure, today AARP launched a new campaign, “Disrupt Dementia.” The campaign aims to help drive new diagnostics and treatments for dementias while providing education, support and hope for patients and family caregivers impacted by the physical, emotional and financial stress of dementia. The centerpiece of the campaign is AARP’s new $60 million investment in the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF), the first and largest venture …

— AARP and a statewide coalition of partners worked diligently to introduce the Share the Care Act into the 2018 legislative session. The group fought hard for the bill, which would allow family caregivers to get the help they need as they balance family, work and caregiving. For a variety of reasons, the bill never made it out of committee. AARP is already building another strong grassroots effort for next year to re-introduce this important piece of legislation and ensure it …

— 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 …

— Join our online Q&A sessions for tools for keeping your 2018 healthy resolutions all year What are your healthy goals for 2018? Do you want to eat healthier? Do you want a new fitness plan? Do you want to focus on better sleep? No matter what your healthy goals are—or whether you’ve even set them yet—you can learn about how to get on track and stay on track. Join our live, two-part Q&A sessions: Staying Healthy in 2018: How to …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …