— 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 …

— 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 …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood Two years ago, Lorri Smalls left South Carolina for New Jersey to help care for her aunt, Terri Ago, who is in her 70s. The women share an apartment in East Orange and Smalls, 44, accompanies Ago to doctor appointments, cooks meals, mends clothes and assists her aunt with other needs. Smalls said she volunteered for this role out of love, but has spent thousands of dollars along the way. “Caregiving is a compassionate gift that …

— AARP Commends Gov. Christie for Supporting Caregivers of Wounded Warriors A Statement from AARP New Jersey State President Dave Mollen AARP applauds Governor Christie for his enactment today of The Wounded Warrior Caregiver Relief Act (S750), which will provide a modest state income tax credit for the eligible, unpaid family caregivers of our post- 9-11 Wounded Warriors. The Wounded Warrior Caregivers Relief Act provides a tax credit to qualified family caregivers who take care of a military service member who has …

— Statistics from the National Council on Aging show that 1 in 10 Americans 60 and older have experienced elder abuse, and there is broad consensus that the crime is significantly underreported. That’s why AARP New Jersey is working with other organizations on a recently created state Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. The task force will develop policy proposals to reduce elder abuse, including mental, physical and financial exploitation. A key goal is to strengthen the capabilities …

— Do you have health insurance? More New Jerseyans than ever before do. Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) opened the federal insurance marketplace and expanded Medicaid, the uninsured population has decreased significantly across the state. Despite this progress, there are still too many without coverage, and if you are one of them, the time to act is now. Open Enrollment for Marketplace plans offered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is from November 1 – January 31, 2017.  Visit HealthCare.gov, …

— In 2014, New Jersey became the second state in the nation, following Oklahoma, to support family caregivers with the CARE Act. The law, which became effective on May 12, 2015,  supports the 1.75 million family caregivers in New Jersey as their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. What is the CARE Act? The CARE Act takes three commonsense actions that will make a world of a difference to family caregivers by requiring hospitals to: Identify a designated …

— By Christina Hernandez Sherwood When Elaine Eldred’s husband, Arthur, experienced multiple health crises leading to a diagnosis of Lewy body dementia, she spent four years as his primary home caregiver. Eldred, a retired nurse with 50 years of experience, would drive her husband to doctor visits, bathe him, and handle the shopping and meal preparation. “I understand how caregivers get burned out,” said Eldred, of Lumberton, whose husband died in 2014. “I experienced that myself.” Eldred sought respite from certified …

— Many of us have been, are, or will be a family caregiver, or are likely to need the help of one someday.  Family caregivers are the backbone of services and supports in this country,  the first line of assistance for people with chronic or other health conditions, disabilities, or functional limitations. Family caregivers make it possible for loved ones to live independently in their homes and communities. If not for them, the economic cost to the US health care and …

— Thank you Governor Christie and members of the legislature for signing Bill #S157 to create the New Jersey Task Force on Abuse Against the Elderly and Disabled. The impact of abusive practices is financially and emotionally devastating to our loved ones who are victimized. There is also a tremendous burden on the judicial and social services systems to rectify the injustices from such crimes although vast numbers of such crimes go unprosecuted. AARP concurs that the resources and experiences of a …