A Message of Love, Hope and Acceptance

Caregiving is not only a choice but a responsibility to those you cherish and who have showed you love throughout your life. Providing care for someone is simply a selfless act of compassion for someone who can no longer manage for themselves. During this season of love we applaud you for the giving of yourself to someone you care about. Caregiving can be a big job. For many it often requires juggling not only the care of the person you …

Help For All Those With Kitchen Envy

I’ll admit it: I have kitchen envy. Each time I’m at a friend’s house I take mental pictures of their kitchen — or sometimes I ask if I can snap a couple — because I love everyone else’s kitchen but mine. (I have friends with excellent taste, it seems.)  I pour through DIY sites and am always pinning photos onto to “My Dream Kitchen” board in Pinterest. While aesthetics are OK to hassle over, safety, to me, is far more …

Take Advantage of Medicare’s Preventive Benefits – Webinar

The following is a guest post from Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health, AARP Education & Outreach Staying Healthy Doesn’t Have to Be Hard Take Advantage of Medicare’s Preventive Benefits By Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health, AARP Education & Outreach “Stay away from sugar and salt.” “Get moving.” “Do this, don’t do that.” Ever feel bombarded by all of the health tips out there? I know I have sometimes. But taking care of your health does not need to be complicated. One …

First-time Homebuyer: Where Do I Start With Improvements?

I just bought a house … where do I start? That’s the question I’m going to ask Tom Kraeutler, one half of the fab duo of The Money Pit, who is hosting a webinar on home improvements on a budget. I’m clueless on where to start. We had to fix up a bathroom thanks to a 1980s sink but other than that, I dont’ know if I should replace the floors first or paint or fix up the yard/driveway or …

When Family Members Disagree About How to Care for Mom

I’m pretty lucky. As a full-time caregiver for my parents, me and my siblings have a great relationship. I keep them informed of the parentals’ latest appointments and procedures, and when I need a break, they’re here. Without question. However, I get that most families aren’t as harmonious. It’s a tragedy, really, when that happens. But I won’t wax philosophical about another’s family politics. What I will tell you is that we here at AARP know this is an issue and …