—     Is Your Identity up for Grabs? Hardly a month goes by without hearing of another data breach exposing our personal information to hackers and potential identity thieves. These breaches affect millions of individuals: Equifax – 145 million, Target – 110 million, Uber – 57 million, Home Depot – 53 million, and the list goes on and on.  In fact, experts say very few of us haven’t been affected. Worse still, identity thieves may be sharing and selling your …

— 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, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT Part 2: Thursday, April 12, 2018, 4 – 4:30 p.m. PT 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, 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT 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 Dana E. Neuts Last year, Lucia Bodenheimer’s husband was diagnosed with the early stages of dementia. A friend referred her to Elder Services, part of the statewide Family Caregiver Support Program. Bodenheimer, 78, of Spokane, now attends twice-monthly meetings to discuss concerns and get support from fellow caregivers. “I found myself in a situation I knew nothing about,” she said. “I felt like I was drowning and I needed a life jacket. This supplied that life jacket with a …

— Over 100,000 people in Washington state live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, and that number continues to grow. For many people with memory loss, social stigma and barriers to inclusion can lead to shame, fear, and isolation. However, it doesn’t have to be this way. We recognize that people with memory loss are a vital part of our communities, retain remarkable strengths and stories, and deserve the right to fully participate. Here in Washington state, we’re joining the worldwide …

Governor Signs Mississippi Caregiver Act

— A state law enacted last year can keep family caregivers better informed when a loved one receives hospital care. Even so, many Washington residents are unaware of the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act and how it affects their lives. The AARP state office aims to ensure that Washingtonians understand the law and is distributing a wallet card summarizing the basics. Every hospital patient has an opportunity to designate a caregiver. The hospital must record the caregiver’s contact information, keep …

— For Immediate Release January 18, 2017 Contacts: Jason Erskine / 206-517-9345 Cathy MacCaul / 206-218-5915 Washington State Legislators Make Bipartisan List of “Capitol Caregivers” AARP Honors State Elected Officials for Helping Family Caregivers Washington – To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Washington State, AARP has named Governor Jay Inslee, Senator Barbara Bailey (R-10) and Representative Steve Tharinger (D-24) as 2016 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of elected officials representing more than 23 states.  These leaders have championed …

— In recognition of National Family Caregiving Month, Bank of America has put together an infographic with facts and tips for caregivers. Caregivers are a top priority for AARP and we are working with others like Bank of America to bring much-needed support and information for this rapidly growing group. Click here to see the graphic. For more on AARP’s caregiving program, please visit here. boa-eldercare-infogrphaic-v43

— A new state law backed by AARP Washington aims to improve communication between hospitals and family caregivers and to ease patients’ transitions back home. The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect June 9, directs hospitals to notify a designated caregiver before a patient is discharged and to show the caregiver how to perform follow-up tasks the patient will need at home. Washington is the 24th state to enact such a law. In a recent AARP survey, more …

—   More than 800,000 Washingtonians care for older parents, spouses or loved ones, helping them to live independently in their own homes. These family caregivers have a huge responsibility, and on June 9, a new law took effect that will make life a little bit easier for them. The CARE (Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable) Act, or Senate Bill 6327, helps lay family caregivers when their loved ones go into the hospital and as they transition home. The CARE Act requires …

— By Vanessa Ho When Char Tait’s mother was living in long-term care facilities, Tait was grateful for the volunteer ombudsmen who visited her mother and helped explain her legal rights as a resident. “It gave her a voice she didn’t think she had,” said Tait, who lives in the Chelan County town of Manson. The experience inspired Tait to volunteer as an ombudsman in 2011. Now 69, Tait spends six to eight hours a week visiting a handful of long-term …