— Caregiving is challenging, as Delaware’s 123,000 unpaid family caregivers can attest. Home health aides can provide needed support with tasks such as bathing, dressing and feeding. But because state law does not allow these workers to administer medications, family caregivers often have to leave work to do it themselves. AARP Delaware is pushing for legislation that would allow nurses to delegate certain medical tasks to home health aides to relieve the burden on family caregivers. The First State ranks 41st …

— There’s a new scam we recently heard about. A resident receives an official-looking letter from a law firm in the state, outlining a family member’s prior criminal conviction, describing the verdict, and then stating there is an outstanding fine or fee. The letter directs the resident to send a check to clear the expense. If you receive a letter like this, contact local law enforcement. Be a fraud fighter!  If you can spot a scam, you can stop a scam. …

— Did you know that South Carolina law allows utility companies to force consumers to pay for billions in cost overruns for big projects like building a nuclear power plant? It sounds shocking, but the Office of Regulatory Staff (ORS) just published a report showing that SCE&G’s VC Summer project has cost $1.5 billion more than originally estimated. And guess who is footing the bill? South Carolina consumers, many of whom live on modest incomes and cannot afford these additional costs. …

— NEW LAW WILL HELP CAREGIVERS LEARN HOW TO CARE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS AFTER HOSPITAL DISCHARGE   RICHMOND_ AARP members and family caregivers descended upon the Virginia General Assembly in January to urge lawmakers to pass a bill to help people who care for family members at home. Three weeks later their wish was granted with both the House of Delegates and Senate passed legislation known as the CARE Act.   Governor Terry McAuliffe must sign the legislation into law for it …

— Oklahoma is the first state to enact a law that could reduce hospital readmissions by preparing family caregivers to provide follow-up care when a patient goes home after a hospital stay. AARP Oklahoma backed the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act, which took effect Nov. 1. The law requires hospitals to give each patient an opportunity to designate a caregiver. Hospitals will show the caregiver how to perform tasks that will be necessary when the patient goes home, such as …

— AARP Virginia is fighting for you in Washington, but we could use your help.  If you have an interest in federal legislative issues — such as protecting Medicare or Social Security — consider signing up as an AARP Virginia Congressional District Volunteer.  Because AARP is a non-profit, non-partisan organization, we don’t endorse candidates, make political donations or support political parties.  We fight for issues that matter to Virginians age 50+ and their families. AARP Virginia is currently recruiting volunteers for the …

— On Oct. 1, millions of Floridians will be able to shop for health-care coverage through a new online marketplace as key parts of the 2010 federal Affordable Care Act go into effect.  AARP Florida is working to help Floridians 50+ understand how the law will affect them. “Three years after its passage, supporters and opponents of the health-care law are still arguing with one another,” said Jeff Johnson, AARP’s Florida state director.  “The reality is, Floridians of all generations should …

— AARP Rhode Island Applauds Signing of Family Caregiver Assessment Bill PROVIDENCE – AARP Rhode Island State Director Kathleen Connell today thanked members of the Rhode Island General Assembly and Governor Lincoln Chafee at a ceremony marking the signing into law of Family Caregiver Assessment legislation passed in the recent session. “The care provided by family caregivers – relatives, partners, friends and neighbors – is vital to the state’s long-term care system,” Connell said. “These unpaid caregivers provide the majority of …

— AARP would like you to know of the Colorado Senior Day being held on August 17th at Pueblo Community College Foundation, 900 W. Orman Ave. Fortino Ballroom, Pueblo Co 81004.   Attendees may find information that is useful to them.   Attorneys representing the Pueblo Bar Association will be giving various presentations from 8 am – noon (7:00 am – 8:00 am registration) on topics such as Elder Abuse, Grandparent Rights, Fraud, Identity Theft, Estate Planning, and more. There will be a …

— The Elder Care Network of Northern Colorado is proud to present the ninth annual Larimer County Senior Law Day to be held on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at the Fort Collins Marriott Hotel Conference Center from 8:30 am until 3 pm. This educational one-day conference provides information specifically for seniors and their families in Northern Colorado. There will be a total of 11 morning and afternoon classes that will be repeated. The workshop presentations are: • Estate Planning Overview: The …