— 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 …

— 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 …

— 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 …

— As the state population ages, an increasing number of older Delawareans want to continue to live at home with help from family caregivers. But many caregivers have full-time jobs and can’t be home to manage medications throughout the day. AARP Delaware is studying nurse delegation as a possible solution. This change would let registered nurses delegate authority to health care workers under their supervision to administer medications. That would relieve family caregivers of the burden of doing it themselves or …

— Delaware’s Sussex County is popular for retirees, with people 60-plus making up nearly 1 in 3 residents. But with limited public transportation and many rural roads, southern Delaware can be challenging to get around. AARP Delaware encourages people who cannot or prefer not to drive to try the local independent transportation network. ITNSouthernDelaware is a nonprofit, volunteer program that provides door-to-door service for residents 55 and older or visually impaired adults 21 and older. The service is available 24 hours …

— Caring for a parent, spouse or other adult? AARP Delaware is distributing a wallet card that spells out new support for family caregivers under a state law that took effect Jan. 1. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act allows every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver. The hospital must notify the caregiver before their loved one is discharged and provide basic instructions for follow-up medical tasks needed at home. Delawareans provide about $1.6 billion worth of unpaid care …

— Caregiving can be stressful, exhausting and daunting. A new state law aims to ease the stress by providing caregivers with training and support when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which will take effect Jan. 1, will allow every hospital patient to designate a family caregiver, whose contact information will be included in the patient’s medical record. The hospital must make reasonable efforts to keep the caregiver informed about the …

— AARP members and a guest are invited to a free screening of 5 Flights Up starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton. Meet AARP staff, volunteers, and other members during the event and be sure to stop by the AARP table to learn more about what AARP is doing in your community to help everyone 50+ to live life to the fullest. Academy Award® winners Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton star in this heartwarming story about a happily married couple, Ruth and …

— It’s never too late to learn, and the University of Delaware waives tuition for state residents age 60-plus. In addition, the university is offering a 15 percent discount on tuition for AARP members 59 or younger who want to enroll in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) adult education program. This innovative program offers courses on such diverse topics as bioethics and modern literature; social myths and American foreign policy; and the roles played by film, food, art …

— Does someone you love have Alzheimer’s disease? What are the symptoms of the illness, and what resources are available for caregivers? Delawareans now have a place for answers: an online tool kit offered by the state Department of Health and Social Services. AARP Delaware has a representative on the steering committee of the Delaware Alzheimer’s Disease Initiative and is committed to informing people about the disease. In 2015, about 17,000 Delawareans 65 and older were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease—about 11 …