disabilities

Walking and Working with the Extenders

Posted on 01/29/2014 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeThe first time I ever heard the term “extenders” applied to human effort and not necessarily to equipment utilized by the handicapped was in the office of a doctor who actually had disabilities. He redefined the word to mean that you never give up. Burdened by the ever-increasing impact of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) on my body, I had requested a wheelchair from Medicare and was told to make an appointment in Los Angeles with one Dr. Thomas Hedge, …

Giving Family Caregivers the Respect and Support They Deserve

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Home & Family | Public Policy InstituteCaring for a loved one with chronic or disabling conditions is a daily struggle for millions of American families. For decades, these intensely personal and family needs have generally been viewed as private issues and largely overlooked in public policy, although it would cost an estimated $450 billion to replace that care. But that may be changing. The federal Commission on Long-Term Care has taken an important step to elevate family caregiving as a public issue that can no longer …

Home Health Workers to Get Minimum Wage, Overtime Pay

Posted on 09/18/2013 by | Health | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingBy Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News The U. S. Department of Labor issued new rules Tuesday that mandate home health care agencies pay their workers the minimum wage and receive overtime pay starting in 2015. “Almost 2 million home care workers are doing critical work, providing services to people with disabilities and senior citizens who want to live in community settings and age in place in their familiar surroundings,” said Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. But when it comes to …

Recommendations of Long-Term Care Commission Show Progress

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsThe federal Commission on Long-Term Care voted Sept. 12 on its final recommendations, which will be included in the commission’s final report later this month. AARP is encouraged by the examination of the serious, policy-focused bipartisan recommendations to address our country’s long-term services and supports crisis, which affects millions of people, including older Americans, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. While the recommendations are far from perfect, they show progress in seeking solutions to this crisis. Importantly, we are …

Sen. Kirk Lays Out Struggles After Stroke

Posted on 02/6/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsIn a sort of mini-memoir, Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) lays out the struggles and introspection that sprang from his year-long battle to heal from an ischemic stroke. “I’m different from what I was,” Kirk writes in a first-person story for the Washington Post. “My left leg and left arm might never work like they once did, but my mind is sharp. I’m capable of doing the work entrusted to me by the people of Illinois, but I am forever changed.” Kirk …

Why Inflation Matters for Social Security

Posted on 12/13/2012 by | Social Security | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsOne of Social Security’s great strengths is that it offers meaningful protection against inflation. Each year, the program considers how prices are rising [as measured by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers]. If prices go up, the Social Security benefits people have earned tend to be adjusted as well. For a typical household, this protection is huge – a point I tried to emphasize in my book, “Social Security for Dummies.” It helps people keep …