En la riqueza y en la pobreza; la labor de un cuidador familiar

Prometemos ‘en la salud y en la enfermedad’ y ‘en la riqueza y en la pobreza’ esperando nunca enfrentarnos a enfermedades o dificultades financieras. Cuando ocurre una tragedia, a menudo los cónyuges tienen que batallar con ambas cosas; afrontar las responsabilidades de cuidar de su esposo o esposa y velar por su salud y recuperación.Yvette y Walter, de Carolina del Norte, luchan con esto. Tras el derrame cerebral de Walt hace dos años, Yvette, “como cuidadora y esposa ha aprendido …

For Richer or Poorer; A Family Caregiver’s Journey

We vow ‘in sickness and in health,’ and ‘for richer or poorer,’ hoping to never experience illnesses or financial difficulties. When tragedy strikes, spouses are often left battling both; taking on the huge responsibilities of caring for their husbands or wives’ needs, and managing their health and recovery.Yvette and Walter from North Carolina live this struggle. After Walt’s stroke 2 years ago, Yvette has, “as caregiver and wife learned to manage…medical appointments, lawn care, repairs and finances,” all while continuing …

4 Reasons to Watch State Legislatures in 2018

Simmering issues important to all older Americans and their families, like health and financial security, may escalate to a full boil in many state Capitols in 2018.Facing these challenges and opportunities head-on, AARP is already exhaustively at work throughout the country, fighting for the issues that matter and driving an innovative agenda focused on commonsense solutions without the clutter of partisanship.Last year, AARP State Offices achieved huge successes, including new supports for family caregivers, greater access to home and community …

Driving toward the Future

Last week, AARP hosted an event with POLITICO at the Detroit Auto Show. The topic: Driverless cars and the Future of Mobility. Now, if you’re wondering why AARP sponsored a panel that sounds more like the Jetsons than the Golden Girls . . . the answer is pretty simple. Having safe, affordable transportation options is essential to live independently, whatever your age. And, since driverless cars are coming sooner than you might think, AARP is working to make sure that …

Medicare Beneficiaries Needing Outpatient Therapy Face Higher Costs in 2018

At the end of 2017, Congress failed to extend several Medicare health care provisions that have now expired. One critical provision that has expired — the therapy caps exceptions process – is already harming thousands of Medicare beneficiaries. The “therapy cap” limits the dollar amount Medicare will cover for outpatient therapy services. Without the “exceptions process”, Medicare beneficiaries will have to pay the full cost of care – rather than only the 20 percent coinsurance – after they hit the …

From Primary Care to Portable Care

With all of the focus last year on health insurance costs and coverage, it strikes me that we may not be paying enough attention to how people actually get their health care.  Change is a constant in so many things . . . including the world of primary care.  It’s not just about a visit to your family doctor anymore. When I talk to my millennial sons, they rarely mention visiting a conventional doctor’s office.  I hear instead about flu …