— Four Steps to Take During Medicare Open Enrollment Download our printable flyer! Medicare Open Enrollment is the only time of the year when over 290,000 Medicare recipients in Maine can review and make changes to their Medicare coverage. October 15th through December 7th is Medicare Open Enrollment season and any changes you make will be in place on January 1, 2018.   During open enrollment you can:   Join a Medicare Prescription Drug plan; Switch from one Medicare Prescription Drug …

Larke Recchie

— Central Ohio resident Larke Recchie, has recently been appointed to the AARP Ohio Executive Council. Executive Council members are appointed volunteers, who work with the Ohio office and other volunteers to provide ongoing strategic direction for state activities in support of AARP priority issues framed by the AARP National Board of Directors. Recchie, is the Chief Executive Officer for the nonprofit Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging (o4a) which represents the state’s network of twelve regional Area Agencies on …

— By Cynthia Pasquale After Vivian Stovall suffered a mild heart attack in July, and blood clots formed in her left leg and lung, she spent a month recuperating. But she was still weak and could not stand on the swollen, painful leg for more than a few minutes at a time. Everyday chores—cooking, cleaning, the laundry—were impossible. The 68-year-old Denver resident found help through her local Area Agency on Aging (AAA), the Denver Regional Council of Governments, which provides services …

— Por Cynthia Pasquale Después de sufrir un leve ataque cardíaco en julio y desarrollar coágulos de sangre en su pierna y pulmón izquierdos, a Vivian Stovall le tomó un mes recuperarse. Pero seguía débil, con mucho dolor e inflamación en la pierna, sobre la que no podía apoyarse por más de unos cuantos minutos a la vez. Las tareas cotidianas —cocinar, limpiar, lavar la ropa— le resultaban imposibles de realizar. La residente de Denver, de 68 años, encontró ayuda a …

— Collecting Coats for Maine Seniors now through November 20th! Donate your winter coats to help older Mainers stay warm. You can find a collection box at the AARP Maine office. We are located at 53 Baxter Boulevard, Suite 202, in Portland. Coats for Seniors is a Maine-based initiative to collect gently used adult winter coats for older Mainers in need. Here’s how it works: Step 1: YOU donate gently used adult winter coats now through November 20th. Step 2: AARP …

— Vienna, VA – Leadership Fairfax (LFI) is currently accepting applications for the fall 2015 Lifetime Leadership Program (LLP.)  This two month tuition based program is for the newly retired, or those close to retirement, that are seeking to utilize their knowledge and leadership to make significant contributions to the Fairfax County community.  It is based on the belief that people in the second half of life can offer a wealth of experience, talent, and vitality to community initiatives, while enriching …

— Are you or someone you know a grandparent raising grandchildren or younger than 65 collecting Medicare due to a disability who may have a minor child at home?  The Husky A Medicaid income limit in Connecticut for parents and caretaker relatives of minor children has been decreased from 196% of the federal poverty level to 155% of the federal poverty level effective August 1, 2015.  Approximately 18,547 parents/caregivers who are working will be allowed to maintain their Medicaid coverage as …

— AARP is recruiting volunteers to work with nonprofit organizations that help older Virginians maintain their independence. Volunteers are needed to drive people to medical appointments, deliver meals, help with shopping and errands, perform minor home repairs, call or visit older people in their homes or provide help in organization offices. Opportunities range from a few hours a month to a few hours each week. Agencies that need help include the Local Office on Aging in Roanoke, Shepherd’s Center of Oakton-Vienna, …

— An exciting six-week free walking program to help people of all ages keep moving while learning ways to “strike a balance” in life will kick-off on March 14, 2013 at 10 a.m. in Cape Girardeau. The walking program, called “Striking a Balance,” will be held on Thursdays from 10 – 11:15 a.m. at the St. Francis Medical Center-Fitness Plus, Conference Rooms 1 and 2, 150 S. Mt. Auburn Road.  Each program will include stretching and strengthening exercises that will increase …

— Would you like to join an AARP chapter?  Are you looking for local resources in the state? AARP Maine has put together a list of organizations and resources that can help, including our AARP chapter locator: Local Resources AARP Chapter Locator Search by ZIP code to find an AARP Chapter near you. Search   211 Maine AARP Real Relief Aroostook Agency on Aging Bread for the World Cooperative Extension: Maine Harvest for Hunger Eastern Agency on Aging Good Shepherd Food Bank …