AARP Announces 2014 Advocacy Agenda: Across the States

AARP is fighting for older Americans and their families in states across the country, focused on the key issues they are facing, front-and-center, in their daily lives.  Our state advocacy work is driven by AARP’s state offices – located in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands – where we work with governors, state legislators, other policymakers and in collaboration with numerous community partners.  In 2014 AARP is focusing on: Supporting Family Caregivers AARP is …

Legal Help Available for Older Cook County Residents

Hi there, blog readers! This is Gerardo Cardenas with the AARP Illinois Communications Team. We are certainly grateful for our nation’s laws, but our legal system can often be challenging and confusing, especially for older adults, making them vulnerable to the growing problem of financial and legal abuse and exploitation. Fortunately in Cook County, Ill., the hard work and vision of a judge, a former state government official and a group of volunteers is helping thousands of elderly citizens navigate …

Was My Mom Abused?

On July 2, USA Today reported that more than 20 former employees of a Georgia Alzheimer’s care center are facing dozens of criminal charges after a three-month state investigation uncovered allegations of cruel treatments of patients. The cruelty ranged from physical abuse – slapping patients and throwing water on them – to outright neglect and financial exploitation. Other abuse included shackling patients to their beds with sheets and ‘double diapering’ so the staff wouldn’t have to change soiled diapers so often. As it …

Elder Abuse Awareness Day: 7 Ways You Can Help

It’s easy to miss elder abuse. Austin, Texas. Mid-1980s. I’m sitting at lunch with a casual friend, who is living with and taking care of her mom. Mom is slack-jawed, with a vacant stare, but she knows what she wants: her portion, and more, of the french fries she’s sharing with her daughter. As mom reaches for one more fry, my friend’s hand flashes out, spearing her mom’s hand with a fork. Mom’s reaction is much quieter than it should …

Caregivers: Spotting & Preventing Financial Elder Abuse

What if something just doesn’t feel right or your parents’, relative or friend’s finances aren’t adding up? Could it be a professional caregiver, someone who has befriended them recently, or, perish the thought, even your own flesh and blood, who is cooking the books or sporting a cushy lifestyle at your expense? Could it be financial exploitation? As important as checking out a relative’s physical environment and their health is making sure their money is safe. Just in time for …

Lessons from the Bullying Video That Went Viral

The following is a guest post from Bill Hogan, a writer and editor on the AARP Media News team. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How many of us had to say that in “repeat-after-me” drills when we were growing up? I don’t know about you, but I never really believed it. Words can hurt. Millions of us could see that in the video-gone-viral of Karen Huff Klein, a 68-year-old school bus monitor …