— AARP MONTANA TO HOST TELEPHONE TOWN HALL ABOUT FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION AND HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF Thousands of AARP members as well as others across Big Sky Country will have the opportunity to participate in a “telephone town hall” meeting with representatives from AAA Legal Services. AARP Montana will host this live Telephone Townhall event to discuss financial exploitation as it relates to caregiving, and how you can protect yourself. AARP Montana state director Tim Summers will host the event …

— Here in Indiana, 837,000 Hoosiers care for an older parent, spouse or other loved one, helping them live independently at home—where they want to be. These family caregivers take on huge responsibilities that can be overwhelming, stressful and exhausting. They juggle full- or part-time jobs, and many are still raising families. This year, six elected officials in Indiana went above and beyond to provide commonsense support for family caregivers by championing HEA 1337 and HEA 1493.   To recognize their …

— Today, I want to chat about a philosophy and model of health care that offers tremendous hope to patients and families confronted by the daunting challenges of chronic and/or terminal illness—palliative care—an unfamiliar term for most folks. But you’ve probably heard of hospice care, right? Well, hospice is a specific type of palliative care. Now I realize the word “hospice” may have you reaching for the mute button. The idea of hospice – end of life care—is frightening to most …

— Our AARP Hawai‘i volunteers are active and visible in their red shirts as the 2018 Legislature gets underway. We’re working to make sure that the interests of people 50+ are heard and to push for bills that will make life better for kupuna, caregivers and people of all ages. On Monday, Advocacy Director Kerry Komatsubara briefed volunteers on the issues we will be lobbying for at the Legislature. We then visited with lawmakers on Tuesday to thank them for their …

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 I find it hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a rapid close. However, ready or not, the New Year dawns in a few days. Consequently, as is my ritual every year, I am reflecting on the past year as well as planning for the New Year. As noted in previous blog postings this year, 2017 was personally challenging. No need to belabor the reasons why at this point. Instead, I am focusing on the …

— Study focuses on smartphone apps for care coordination, emergency response systems, and online services for in-home aide selection. Report conducted by Project Catalyst group comprised of founding members AARP, Pfizer, UnitedHealthcare, MedStar Health, and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.   WASHINGTON, DC—Family caregivers can benefit from technology designed to meet their specific care needs, according to an AARP report issued today that details how technology can help caregivers and their care recipients. The report’s findings indicate that there is a need …

— Two residents died last week. One person had been on Hospice. Her tiny body had struggled to push her walker from her apartment to the dining room, laden with a container of oxygen, from which two plastic tubes entered her nostrils, filling her damaged lungs with life’s needed air. When she reached our dining table, she coughed heavily and spasmodically. The grating of her lungs ended when she banged the table in anger, whispering to herself and us at the …

— Thank you for checking out our Care-FULL Conversation Resources.  The videos are to provide information to help benefit the caregiver and care receiver. The Relevance of Ritual Is ritual relevant in the 21st century? Is ritual really worth the bother? In order to answer these questions, we need a basic understanding of the Whys and Hows of conducting ritual—particularly end-of-life ritual. The purpose of ritual is timeless—the integration of the mind, body, and spirit during times that defy explication. Through …

—   Salem – AARP Oregon honored state legislators with “Down the Trail” awards for developing bi-partisan solutions to help older adults. Oregon’s former State Treasurer and legislator, Ben Westlund, was known as a statesman who brought people together to find bipartisan solutions to problems facing Oregon. “Bipartisan solutions can help us create policy that’s in the best interest of all Oregonians,” said Jerry Cohen AARP Oregon State Director. To honor Westlund’s bipartisanship, AARP Oregon named our top legislative award after …

— AARP welcomes this week’s passage in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. The legislation requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a strategy to support the nation’s 40 million family caregivers. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for his signature. “There are over 66,000 unpaid caregivers in Wyoming and over 40 million people nationwide,” said AARP Wyoming State …