veterans

Hammering an Idea for Stingier COLAs

Posted on 02/7/2013 by |Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | PoliticsThis video might leave you with the impression that nobody wants a proposed change for calculating cost-of-living adjustments (COLA). Not older Americans. Not veterans. Not women. Not labor. And certainly not independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont. That the so-called chained Consumer Price Index has no support isn’t the case, of course, or these people wouldn’t have met at the U.S. Capitol to take turns bashing the proposal. Though the formula would slow increases in Social Security, veterans and …

Adventures in Caregiving: Taking Mom and Dad to the Movies

Posted on 02/5/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingDue to Mom and Dad’s health issues, it’s been a very long time since I’ve attempted taking them to a movie. Nevertheless, fortified by Danielle, our live-in caregiver, and my boyfriend, Bill, I recently decided to try taking them to see, “Lincoln.” Here’s how we pulled it off … and the emotional roller coaster that ensued for me. We chose an early Tuesday evening when there wouldn’t be crowds (matinees are great too.) We arrived at the movie theater late, …

Digging Deeper on Changes to the Social Security COLA

Posted on 12/1/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsNo one with any common sense wants to see our politicians take us over the fiscal cliff. And I think most people with common sense also realize that Social Security, and the tougher issue of Medicare, are worth thoughtful debate and discussion so these vital programs can be put on stronger footing for future generations. However, when budget cutters take aim at today’s Social Security recipients, it’s time to ask questions and dig deeper into the fine print. A proposal …

PTSD Vets: Don’t Ask for a Service Dog

Posted on 10/11/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingFor years, I’ve written articles about the power therapy dogs have over people with dementia, loneliness and behavioral problems. My own sweet springer spaniel was a certified service dog I’d take to nursing homes. Of course, you don’t have to have any of those issues to find them comforting. (When my father was dying, he asked for my dog.) So my human ears perked up when I read that a federal regulation that went into effect last week still does …

Yoga Helps Stroke Survivors — Even Skeptical Ones

Posted on 08/1/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal Health“Yoga is for girls, yoga is for hippies,” is what a group of older male veterans — and stroke survivors — told researchers who wanted to see if doing some basic yoga movements would help improve the veterans’ balance. But then the group tried yoga anyway, and boy, were they surprised. They discovered that even long after having a stroke, working on basic, easy yoga poses helped them improve their balance, as well as boost their confidence and ability to …

Giving Military Family Caregivers a Break

Posted on 01/30/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingGood news for military family caregivers today. The Obama Administration has proposed a new rule that would allow families of U.S. service members to use the Family and Medical Leave Act to care for an injured soldier or to help them get ready if they’re deployed on short notice. Labor Department officials will consider comments over the next 60 days before deciding whether to give it the green light. Here are the highlights of the proposal: Family caregivers could take a work leave …