New York

Do You Have a Voice at the Table When Utility Companies Try to Raise Your Rates?

Posted on 07/7/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAffordable and reliable utilities are essential for all of us. We rely on utilities to keep us warm in winter — and cool during summer heat waves — to cook our meals and keep the lights on in the dark. During severe weather and emergencies, our utilities become more important than ever — our lifelines to health and safety. Today, many Americans struggle with high utility bills. For seniors and others on fixed incomes especially, rate hikes and other cost …

Pedestrian Safety Is Long Overdue on Long Island

Posted on 06/20/2014 by |AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesPost by Will Stoner, AARP New York: Sunrise Highway, also known as Route 27, is an east-west thoroughfare that extends across Long Island, from the New York borough of Brooklyn to the seaside village of Montauk Point. At several points along the way (most notably in an eight-mile stretch in Nassau County) Sunrise Highway is crowded with shopping centers and strip malls, dangerous intersections, tightly placed on-off ramps — and limited or nonexistent safety features for pedestrians. The highway is …

States Start Shifting Focus to Help Seniors Live Independently, at Home

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Politics“We need to ‘spring’ your mother,” Pop, who loved prison movies, told me over the phone while asking me to come home that weekend. Mom had been in a rehabilitation center for two weeks following a bad fall and a hospital stay. Both she and Pop were ready for her to go home. My mom and pop, like most Americans, wanted to stay in their home and community as they aged. Pop became the primary family caregiver for Mom, and …

Sometimes Family Caregivers Need a Break

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsEvery day for eight years, my Pop provided hands-on care for my mom, who faced a number of physical challenges.  At age 90, Pop was still helping Mom out of bed into her wheelchair, bathing and dressing her, making the meals, and doing the dishes, laundry and anything else that needed to be done. A few times a week, Pop would get out of the house for a trip to the grocery store and a few staples like bread, milk …

Don’t Hang Up on Landlines Just Yet

Posted on 05/27/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsAs a family caregiver to Mom and Pop for many years, I know reliable technology can mean the difference between life and tragedy. Yet, in states across the country, phone companies that provide landline service are trying to force residents to switch to a new wireless phone option — one that does not work with many medical monitoring devices, like pacemakers and defibrillators, home security systems, and sometimes even 911. In New Jersey, for example, the phone company doesn’t want …

$900 Million and Counting

Posted on 04/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsHave you ever been hit with sticker shock when you open your utility bill? This winter, many Americans faced skyrocketing energy costs, with bills doubling and tripling in just a month. Meanwhile, some seniors on fixed incomes still have to make tough choices between paying their utility bill or buying other necessities like food and medication. That’s why AARP is fighting, in states across the country, for fair and reasonable utility rates. We’re off to a strong start in 2014, …