— 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, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. CT 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 Joanne Cleaver Genie Deutsch makes more than lemonade from lemons. She includes lemons in many dishes for her husband, Stan, as she manages the nutritional needs dictated by his end-stage renal disease. With many ingredients banned, lemon is one flavor he loves that he can have. Deutsch, 85, of Fox Point, is the primary caregiver for her 90-year-old husband. “I’m probably doing more than I think I am,” she said. Constant coordination with medical professionals shapes her daily routine, …

— AARP Wisconsin supports a pending bill in the Wisconsin State Legislature, called the Caregiver Tax Credit. The bill would create an income tax credit that reimburses family caregivers for 50% of their annual caregiving costs up to $1,000. For us here at AARP, this bill is personal, and if passed, will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on the financial wellbeing of caregivers across the state. My name is Ryan, and I am an intern with AARP Wisconsin. This is my …

— AARP Wisconsin conveyed a message to legislators at budget hearings this spring: The state could save money and help more older people live at home by investing moderate amounts in services for the aging and support for family caregivers. The idea is to reduce reliance on more expensive programs, such as Medicaid-funded nursing home care. AARP Wisconsin calls the potential savings the Silver Dividend. Far from being a liability, the state’s older population can benefit society—if lawmakers use the tax …

— The Milwaukee Brewers baseball team is offering fans 50 and older a 50 percent discount on tickets for four games at Miller Park this season: May 24, June 8, Aug. 3 and Aug. 30. AARP Wisconsin will have an information booth at the stadium near members’ seating and will offer information on caregiving and fraud prevention, as well as free hand fans and mini backpacks. To purchase discount tickets, go to brewers.com/tickets, select a  game and enter the code “Fun50.” …

— When the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee holds hearings this spring to discuss the biennial budget proposed by Gov. Scott Walker (R), AARP volunteers will be there to support key issues. One legislative priority for AARP Wisconsin is to expand the state’s Family Care program, which provides long-term care services for people in their own homes. The state office also is pressing for more supports for family caregivers, including those whose loved ones have Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. …

— By David Lewellen Carol Greene knows what AARP’s legislative agenda means to her and her family. The Edgerton resident closely monitors her 103-year-old mother, Theresa Martell, driving 30 miles each way once a week to check on bills and medication—for which Wisconsin’s SeniorCare program is a lifeline. “My mother really, really likes SeniorCare,” said Greene, 71. The program, unique to Wisconsin, offers low-income older residents a better deal on prescription drugs than Medicare Part D. Greene has attended many state …

— We were thrilled to meet with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin at her office in Madison to present her with a 2016 “Champions of the 50+” legislative leadership award for her significant achievements during the 114th Congress that benefit the lives of those age 50-plus and their families. We honored the Senator for improving the lives of family caregivers by sponsoring and securing unanimous passage in the Senate of the Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, which would …

— By Joanne Cleaver Thirteen years ago, Sherrie Palm suddenly found herself in charge of complicated home care for her mother, then 69, after abdominal surgery. “It’s a shock factor,” said Palm, 62, who lives in Mukwonago. “She’s finally getting out of intensive care, and they give you a one-page printout telling you, ‘Do this, don’t do that, and here’s the medication list,’ ” she said of the disorienting hospital discharge process. “We felt lost.” Palm and her father, then 74, scrambled …

— We are pleased that the State of Wisconsin withdrew its proposal by the Department of Health Services’ (DHS) to overhaul Family Care – the popular and cost-effective Wisconsin program that gives frail elderly and people with disabilities the opportunity to receive long-term care services in their homes and communities rather than in costly institutions. Family Care, which is available in 64 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties, closely tailors long-term care services to the needs of the individual, saving tens of thousands …