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39 States and Counting: Caregiving Across State Lines

Posted on 08/11/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsI was a long-distance caregiver for my parents for nearly 15 years. Through illness, surgery and rehabilitation, I helped them stay out of institutional care, like a nursing home, and instead remain at home — where they wanted to be. During this time, I purchased my house on Cape Cod in Massachusetts with my parents in mind — hoping that Mom and Pop could come to the Cape from New York, enjoy time by the seashore, and get some rest and …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/23/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Parents are serving “smash cakes” for youngsters to destroy at their birthday parties. (Learn more at Today) 2. About 1 in 5 Americans — some 57 million in all — live in multigenerational family households. (Learn more at AARP) 3. A Chinese woman takes her 88-year-old grandma with her to work every day, sometimes on her back. (Learn more at Daily Mail) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  4. Beetles killed a …

Entire Town for Sale: $1.5 Million

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeA whole new world — well, at least a town you can truly call your own — awaits you in Aladdin, Wyo. For $1.5 million, you can buy the town lock, stock and barrel: 30 acres and 15 buildings, including a 118-year-old general store. Empty-nesters Rick and Judy Brengle are selling the tiny community in far northeastern Wyoming that they bought 28 years ago. “All our kids had gone to college, so my husband bought me a town,” Judy Brengle told …

Sometimes Family Caregivers Need a Break

Posted on 06/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsEvery day for eight years, my Pop provided hands-on care for my mom, who faced a number of physical challenges.  At age 90, Pop was still helping Mom out of bed into her wheelchair, bathing and dressing her, making the meals, and doing the dishes, laundry and anything else that needed to be done. A few times a week, Pop would get out of the house for a trip to the grocery store and a few staples like bread, milk …

Pensions Are Promises. States Need to Keep Up Their End of the Deal

Posted on 06/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMy Pop, a bus driver in Buffalo, worked until the mandatory retirement age of 70. He and my Mom lived on Social Security along with his modest pension. One Christmas, Pop couldn’t get into the spirit of the season. The next day, he confided that the next year health care premium increases would consume his entire pension check, and then some. I can only imagine how my parents’ lives would have been affected if Pop’s pension had been cut in …

Caregiving Across State Lines

Posted on 10/14/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsMeet Lynn Achter, a Wyoming resident, who was granted guardianship of her brother in Oregon after he suffered a brain injury in a motorcycle accident.   From a thousand miles away, she managed his money, made medical decisions, and coordinated the resources and services he needed. The distance made Lynn’s caregiving responsibilities even more difficult, and she decided to move her brother to Wyoming.  That’s when Lynn discovered that Wyoming did not have a uniform guardianship law, and she would have …