health disparities

5 Tips for Family Caregivers

Posted on 08/4/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsI spent last weekend with eight of my college roommates for our annual get-together. Through the years we’ve always shared our life events, so it came as no surprise that our conversation turned to the topic of family caregiving. Like millions of fiftysomething women in the U.S. today, my former roomies are struggling to navigate the health care system on behalf of their parents — who now turn to them for help. “Information is power,” I told them. “So let …

Midlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services

Posted on 09/11/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteMidlife Adults Not Getting Recommended Preventive Services   Midlife adults who receive recommended preventive services and engage in healthy behaviors are more likely to remain healthy and function independently in old age. Yet, according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute report, two-thirds of Americans aged 50-64 are not up-to-date with certain recommended preventive services.   Underuse of Preventive Services Tied to Determinants of Health   The report highlights that underuse of preventive services among midlife adults is an even …