seniors

2014 Medicare Trustees Report Urges Responsible Solutions

Posted on 07/28/2014 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

PoliticsThe Medicare Trustees report today reminds us of the financial challenges facing Medicare, along with the overall high cost of health care. With 64 million Americans expected to be enrolled in Medicare by 2020, we must do more to reduce wasteful spending throughout our health care system. For starters, we can reduce costs and find significant savings in Medicare and throughout the health care system with responsible solutions rather than harmful cuts. By improving care coordination, utilizing technology more efficiently, …

Senate Panel Holds Hearing on Scams Aimed at Seniors

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & SavingsBy Kristin Keckeisen, Fraud Watch Network campaign manager Finally, some much-needed attention to the long-running grandparent scam. The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a hearing on July 16th as part of an ongoing series highlighting fraud’s devastating impact on seniors. Among the witnesses: an 81-year-old Ohio resident who lost more than $7,000 to a con artist impersonating his grandson. The grandparent, or “family emergency,” con is simple — and effective. Scammers troll obituaries and social media sites to glean personal …

Transportation Challenges: Is Your Community Livable?

Posted on 07/14/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Great PlacesDennis Eisnach — AARP National Policy Council volunteer What do you do when you live in rural America and need a ride to the doctor’s office or have to pick up a prescription at the drugstore? Transportation is a basic need for seniors who want to age in place. This is a problem faced by seniors in rural America and many urban areas. As people age they become more dependent on public transportation. In rural America where there is limited …

Cómo nos referirnos a los mayores y cómo les gusta que los llamemos

Posted on 07/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolCon el paso de los años no sólo vienen la experiencia y la sabiduría, sino la jubilación, la seguridad social, algunas deficiencias de salud y también algunos apodos o referencias irritantes, especialmente hacia los más viejos entre nosotros. Y es que el problema que para las familias y la sociedad en general suponen las personas de edad avanzada se plantea incluso en lo más elemental: no sabemos ni cómo referirnos a ellas. Tercera edad, personas mayores, viejos, abuelos… Cada expresión …

Nursing Home Hit With $3.3 Million Negligence Verdict

Posted on 06/11/2014 by |Legal Grounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingEvery now and then, a jury reaches deep into a defendant’s pockets to punish it for its reprehensible conduct and to deter others from engaging in similar acts. Such was the case in May, when a Colorado jury awarded 83-year-old James Sharon and his family $3.3 million after finding the nursing home entrusted with his care guilty of negligence. Sharon’s injuries included bedsores, skin tears and abrasions, dehydration, malnutrition, and E. coli and urinary tract infections — all because he …

Watching These Video ‘Pen Pals’ Will Make Your Day

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyHere’s a sweet, uplifting video that’s guaranteed to brighten your day. It features some Chicago-area seniors and young Brazilian students of English, and the long-distance friendships kindled by learning a language. CNA, a Brazilian language school that emphasizes online learning, matches up its young students with older adults in U.S. senior residences in a program called Speaking Exchange. Watching the video, you can see how eagerly the residents of Windsor Park Retirement Community outside Chicago await their turns to talk. …