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Patti Shea


Patti Shea, an AARP Social Media manager, loves baseball, beagles and Mel Brooks movies. She grew up in L.A. and now cares for her parents in Florida.

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Protecting Caregivers from Discrimination in the Workplace

Posted on 08/30/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

CaregivingWorking caregivers, have you heard that tone of voice from your workplace manager? You know the one where it sounds like he’s perpetually disappointed in you? You’re not imagining it. It’s real, or so says a new report by AARP. According to our report, a staggering 42 percent of U.S. workers provided unpaid eldercare in the past five years, while 49 percent expect to do so for a family member or friend in the coming five years. The average caregiver is a …

Caregivers Hit The Web, Now More Than Ever

Posted on 07/12/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Caregiving | TechnologyWhere do most caregivers get the information they need to take care of a loved one? Apparently on the Internet, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Some 67 percent of caregivers who have internet access look online for health information, outpacing other Internet users on every health topic included in the study, from looking up certain treatments to hospital ratings to end-of-life decisions. “Caregivers use the internet to navigate the frontier of home health care,” says …

Help For All Those With Kitchen Envy

Posted on 06/7/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

CaregivingI’ll admit it: I have kitchen envy. Each time I’m at a friend’s house I take mental pictures of their kitchen — or sometimes I ask if I can snap a couple — because I love everyone else’s kitchen but mine. (I have friends with excellent taste, it seems.)  I pour through DIY sites and am always pinning photos onto to “My Dream Kitchen” board in Pinterest. While aesthetics are OK to hassle over, safety, to me, is far more …

Financial Makeovers … We All Could Use One

Posted on 05/17/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

Money & SavingsAre you a caregiver, like me, who thinks about everyone besides yourself? Could you use a day to feel pampered? I know how it is, running around with to-do lists. At 41, I’m already beginning to think about my future, but with my crazy schedule I hardly have time to think about where I’ll be in one year, let alone 10 years…. Thankfully, I know some great folks inside AARP that are helping to make my decisions easier. And now …

Volunteer With Jeff Gordon to End Senior Hunger

Posted on 05/11/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

VolunteeringWhat do Jeff Gordon, James “JB” Brown, me and you have in common? We can all end senior hunger, together. In case you haven’t heard, there’s a pretty big NASCAR race coming up. While we all love the pomp and circumstance around All-Star week culminating with the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26, there’s a week in between where Drive to End Hunger is set to box one million meals  for older North Carolina residents. And we can’t do it without you! How …

The High Cost of Caregiving

Posted on 05/1/2012 by |Home & Family blogger | Comments

CaregivingBy Mary Hickey Caring for an older family member is costly to both families and employers — and it’s time for the workplace to develop policies to help people juggle the competing demands of work and caregiving responsibilities. That was the bottom-line message from Cheryl Matheis, senior vice president of policy for AARP, who was interviewed on National Public Radio this morning as part of an ongoing series on caregiving. “When people have to leave their jobs [to care for …