— 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, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— AARP New Mexico is sponsoring a special play that looks at caregiving and aging: STILL IN THE GAME by Robert F. Benjamin, is an upbeat family drama about aging with grace, courage and humor, will be on stage in Santa Fe at Teatro Paraguas  from  Aug. 10-20, 2017. Recently widowed, David, age 70, strives to restart his life after being a dedicated caregiver. His adult daughter, Dawn, lashes out at him for romancing. After his fling ends, he tries speed-dating, where he …

— A Matter of Balance, an evidenced based, fall prevention training program, and AARP New Mexico seeks individuals interested in becoming volunteer coaches for this new program. “A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls” is conducted in eight two-hour sessions and uses group discussion, problem-solving strategies, videos and gentle physical exercise. Classes are held twice a week for two hours each, over a four-week period and are purposefully kept to a small size. Individuals, who have recently fallen or have …

— Patient Insight seeks people who are interested in sharing their person health-care experiences. Patient Insight is a small group of people who will help make health care better for their families, friends and neighbors, created by HealthInsight New Mexico. Patient Insight exists to learn from experiences: the best ideas come from people who have been to the doctor, been in the hospital or taken care of someone who is sick. Your input is valuable: HealthInsight New Mexico wants your ideas …

— AARP New Mexico will focus on two main priority bills for the 2017 New Mexico Legislative Session – the first focusing on paid leave for family caregivers and the second will study retirement savings options. House Bill 86, the Caregiver Leave Act would change the definition of sick leave to include family caregiving duties without putting an undue burden on employers. The Act would only apply to those employers who already provide sick leave. It would not require additional sick …

— The AARP New Mexico team will be in the Farmington area, Aug 1 to Aug. 4, joining in the baseball fever that comes along with the AABC Connie Mack World Series, which has called that city home for 50 years. While the event is new to a number of the volunteers and staff, AARP New Mexico’s newest staff member, DeAnza Valencia-Sapien, Associate State Director for Advocacy, knows the event inside and out. “I grew up in Farmington so I’m well …

— Are you taking care of a loved one with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease? Do you need help understanding your role as a caregiver? If so, the Non-Metro New Mexico Area Agency on Aging has a workshop that can help. The Savvy Caregiver course can help caregivers understand Alzheimer’s and other dementia related conditions; managing daily life and behaviors; the toll caregiving can take; caring for yourself while caring for others; decision making; and communicating. “No one plans to …

— State Legislators in Santa Fe are facing some difficult financial decisions as budget projections of $232 million in new money have dwindled to $30 million. As the debate gets ready to enter the Senate, AARP New Mexico is watching budget negotiations to ensure that senior services and programs are maintained. “We know that finances are tight and some kind of balance has to be struck,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director.  “AARP’s concern is a number of programs …

— AARP New Mexico is working with state lawmakers to ensure adequate funding for services that help people continue to live at home as they age, rather than moving into nursing homes or other institutional settings. Such services include home-delivered meals, group meals at senior centers, transportation and respite for family caregivers. “For the last couple of years, the state’s budget has remained relatively flat despite an increasing need for services as the population ages,” said Gene Varela, AARP state director. …

— If you are a family caregiver in New Mexico there is a new law that can help you be included in your loved one’s care when that person is admitted into the hospital. It’s called the New Mexico Lay Caregiver Aftercare Training Act, also known as the CARE Act. “AARP recognizes the critical roles that family caregivers play in taking care of their loved ones,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director. “We also know that when a person …