Family Caregivers Say ‘Thank You, Nurses’

During National Nurses Week (May 6–12, 2016), we celebrate nurses. I say, let’s celebrate nurses every day! Across the country, these hardworking professionals help us get and stay well, and provide comfort and care when we’re at our most vulnerable. In my experience, they do this with incredible skill as well as a smile. When caring for my mom and pop, nurses were lifesavers for my parents and me. One in particular, Nurse Sue, became more like a member of …

Managing a Loved One’s Finances

Let me introduce you to a fellow family caregiver, Lisa. With the help of her sister, Lisa cared for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease — managing medications, cleaning the house, and handling any medical issues. They also managed her mother’s finances. Lisa shared: “It felt like our whole world was slowly falling apart. At the time we did not know much about the disease or how quickly it was going to debilitate her. My sister and I took responsibility of …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The newly discovered elephant shrew resembles a chubby mouse with an anteater’s snout. (Learn more at sfist) 2. Consumers rank Taco Bell burritos, Subway subs and McDonald’s burgers near the bottom of their respective categories. (Learn more at Consumer Reports) 3. The new Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York displays a brooch made from human teeth, a traditional mourning food cookbook and a “spirit photo booth.” (Learn more at Time) 4.  A rare vampire squid photographed by scientists …

26 States With a Big Health Coverage Gap

This week, Health Insurance Marketplaces opened in states across the country.  It’s true: Many more Americans will now have access to affordable health care.  But, other hard-working people, who live in states that have not yet committed to expanding Medicaid, will fall into a new coverage gap. That’s right: In the 26 states that have not accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid, adults who earn up to $15,000 a year will not qualify for any type of subsidy through the …

Sturgis’ “Hog Heaven” Kick-starts this Week

My favorite bartender, a ponytailed, tattooed man-mountain named “Bullfrog,” slammed his Red Bull, crumpled the can and swung a leathered leg over his Harley. It was 3 a.m., and I was leaving a bachelorette party at a downtown DC bar. Bullfrog was leaving for Sturgis, S.D. and its annual orgy of motorcycle riders. For one August week each year, some 600,000 “hogs,” “choppers,” “trikes” and even the high-speed neon “crotch rockets” normally snubbed by traditionalists nearly double South Dakota’s population. Riders of …

Looking for Local Info?

If you’re anything like my friends and family, they love listening to the national debate on all the issues floating around, but what they really want to know is how they will be impacted in Arizona, for example. Below you’ll find a smattering of where to find local AARP info. Don’t see your state? I’d encourage you to check out Bulletin Today’s State Pages as well as the AARP Online Community for more information and resources. And of course, if …