How’s the Red Hat Society staying social during COVID-19?

In times like these, many of us are realizing just how important our friends and social activities are to our lives. With more than 50,000 members in the U.S. and nearly 30 other countries, the Red Hat Society is one of the world’s largest social organizations. Like so many groups, the Red Hat Society is [...]

New book tells how ‘positive aging’ saved one man’s life, can help yours

In his new book, "The Power of Positive Aging: Successfully Coping with the Inconvenience of Aging," Dr. David Alan Lereah says positive aging saved his life. At age 62, a few years ago, Lereah was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. He recently talked with Richard Eisenberg, Managing Editor for Nextavenue.org, about how to age [...]

AARP helps respond to need for food in Lexington

The Rev. James Thurman and Dr. Merrylyn Moran Smith know their community. In the face of coronavirus crisis, AARP volunteers and ACT Ministries in Lexington responded to local need with an emergency food distribution to vulnerable Lexingtonians. ACT Ministries and AARP volunteers teamed up to deliver “Community Care Packages” to older Lexington residents hit hard [...]

Tips on how to be a great virtual grandparent

Nothing is “normal” these days. While we don’t yet know how bad COVID-19 will ultimately be, we do know that people over 60 are at particular risk for complications, should they become ill. That has many grandparents sheltering in place and unable to be physically with their grandchildren. However, many are making extra efforts to [...]

Some travel advice during the COVID-19 pandemic

After months of quarantine living, some people lately have begun leaving home and taking trips; more are expected to do so this summer and fall. James Larounis, travel industry analyst for the Upgraded Points site, notes that the number of travelers going through Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoints increased by 100,000 from March to April [...]

Upcoming Memory Cafe will feature music therapist

Music therapist Austin Robinson will join the The Memory Café particpants on June 8. The Memory Cafe is a social group of people who have Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and their loved one(s). The Memory Café provides an informal setting to socialize and interact with other families. It encourages friendship and acceptance, and [...]

Who gets your stimulus check if you’re in a nursing home?

The $1,200 stimulus payments sent to Medicaid recipients living in nursing homes belong to the recipients, not the nursing homes, according to a recent AARP story. The same is true for such payments provided to Medicaid recipients in assisted living facilities. Make no mistake: These facilities may ask Medicaid beneficiaries to hand over stimulus payments, [...]

A list of ways to celebrate Older Americans Month

Around the nation, older adults make their marks every day as volunteers, employees, employers, parents, grandparents, mentors, and advocates. They offer their time, talents, and experience to the benefit of our communities. For 57 years, Older Americans Month (OAM) has been a special time to recognize these contributions. Led by the Administration for Community Living [...]