Superstorm Sandy

How 17 Siblings Scored a $20 Million Jackpot

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | Home & FamilyCan you plan to win the lottery? Judging from the amazing story of the Endreson family’s $20.1 million bonanza in the New Jersey Lottery, the answer just might be yes. The family’s lottery pool — originally conceived by matriarch Flossie Endreson, who died in 2004 at the age of 85 — finally paid off big when her 17 surviving children won the Pick-6 Lotto on a quick-pick game board purchased for $1 at a 7-Eleven in Fork River, N.J. >> Get travel …

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 …

FCC Halts Plan to Replace Landline Phone Service in NY, NJ

Posted on 08/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsThis week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) put the brakes on Verizon’s plan to fast track the replacement of traditional landline telephone service in parts of New York and New Jersey with a new, less reliable, wireless option called Voice Link.  Instead of automatically approving Verizon’s application, the FCC has requested more information from the company. Superstorm Sandy In October of 2012 Superstorm Sandy, the most destructive storm of the season, devastated much of the Northeast.  Sandy soon became one …

An Evacuation Plan at Your Parent’s Nursing Home: 9 Questions to Ask

Posted on 04/19/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingMedia images of nursing home residents being evacuated after an explosion this week at a nearby fertility plant in West, Texas, raise an important issue. That is, if your loved one is, or may some day be, in a nursing home, do you know what its evacuation and emergency plans are? According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in 2012 on any day, more than 1.4 million Americans live in 15,800 nursing homes; more than 3 million have …

When Disaster Strikes, AARP Answers the Call

Posted on 11/30/2012 by |Chief Volunteer | Comments

VolunteeringWhen Superstorm Sandy roared in, more than 6 million AARP members, their families and neighbors were among those whose lives she affected most severely. Since our founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, first envisioned the 50+ population as an “army of useful citizens” more than a half century ago, disasters like Sandy have been a call to help and service that our members never hesitate to heed. They responded with an extraordinary outpouring of volunteer support and financial contributions for the people …

Surviving Sandy: ‘I Raised My Hand’

Posted on 11/21/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | VolunteeringThis is the last in a series of profiles of New York area residents whose worlds were upended by Superstorm Sandy and the people who responded to help them.   Day after day, Bob Tulipan led teams of relief volunteers to the areas hit hardest by Superstorm Sandy. One day the Rockaways; Staten Island the next. There was a mission dubbed “Operation Muck-Out” because scores of willing hands banded together to clean the residue and mold from homes that were …