December 17, 2018 Herb

Senior man with his dog in park on an autumns day. Photo Credit: Rite Aid Weeks ago, photos captured Sully, a yellow Labrador retriever, who served as former President George H.W. Bush’s service dog for several months before he died, laying in front of the flag-draped coffin in the Capitol Rotunda. Sully, a service animal wearing a harness with embossed with a presidential seal, reminded us of personal and anecdotal stories of the potential benefits of pet ownership that can support older adults in retaining their physical and mental health, independence, social connectedness and engagement with others. As…

November 29, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: Department of Banking and Securities – PA.gov Today Trenton-based AARP New Jersey along with Assemblyman Roy Freiman, (D-16), the Anti-Poverty Network of NJ, Salvation and Social Justice, NJ Foundation for Aging, and Main Street Alliance, announced the results of new poll (of New Jersey voters ages 18-64) that revealed a sizable number of New Jerseyans are very concerned about financially surviving in their retirement years.  An even larger percentage support legislation that would provide for a public-private retirement savings option. At the Tele-Press Conference, held on November 28, the business, faith-based and community coalition,…

November 22, 2018 Herb

Just days ago, the New Jersey Department of Health released a report issued by The New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on the End-of-Life Care.  This report completes the charge to the Council, which convened in September 2016, and for 18 months operated independently under the umbrella of the state’s Department of Health. The Council’s report, released on November 21, 2018, calls for the improvement end-of-life care delivery in the Garden State. The 54 page report stresses the importance of establishing patient priorities and defining goals of care by more effective communication and better utilization of palliative care.  “New Jersey patients experience…

November 13, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: states.aarp.org Across the Garden State more than 1 million family caregivers, many who juggle full-time jobs while helping their parents, spouses and other loved ones to remain at home, can now benefit from the state’s newly enacted Paid Sick Leave Act.  This new law took effect on Oct. 29, 2018.  New Jersey becomes the 10th state in the nation to require employers to provide paid sick leave – a lifesaver for working caregivers in our state. “There is no reason anyone should have to choose between economic security and their health,” said Governor Phil Murphy in…

November 5, 2018 Herb

 Just days ago, Heather Heppner, who serves as AARP Senior Regional Advisor, detailed survey findings on the AARP New Jersey website that found that a growing number of New Jerseyans have failed to take basic precautions necessary to protect themselves against identity theft.  As a result of this alarming problem, AARP New Jersey and the AARP Fraud Watch Network have launched a campaign in the Garden State to ratchet up the awareness of identity theft risks and educate New Jersey consumers as to how they can better protect their personal information. With Veteran’s Day less than a week away, AARP New…

October 28, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: Office of the Inspector General, Social Security Administration The Social Security Administration (SSA) and its Office of Inspector General are warning the public about a new caller-ID “spoofing scheme misusing the federal agency’s customer service number.  Last week, the agency reported that an increase complaint about questionable phone calls displaying SSA’s 1-800 number on a caller-ID screen were reported.  “This is a scam,” says SSA, warning seniors to not engage with those callers or provide personal information. Kim Komando, called “America’s Digital Goddess,” who is a successful radio host on IT technology, says that…

October 23, 2018 Herb

AARP New Jersey educates and advocates on behalf of those 50+ on issues that are important to them, their families, and to all Garden State residents. — Photo Credit: AARP In lasts months issue of the AARP Bulletin, Jo Ann Jenkins, AARP CEO, urges readers to go to the polls in November and vote for lawmakers who will work to lower prescription drug costs.  She notes that the average retail prescription drug price to, prescribed to treat chronic conditions, has now reached $13,000 a year. “Let’s be clear: There is no reason for Americans to pay…

October 15, 2018 Herb

Photo Caption: AARP States It’s that time again. Medicare Fall Open Enrollment occurs annually from October 15 to December 7.   During this time period, Medicare recipients can make unrestricted changes to their Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) plans during this Open Enrollment Period. Medicare beneficiaries can begin shopping for the best Medicare coverage during Medicare Fall Open Enrollment by evaluating whether this year’s Medicare plan coverage is still appropriate for their health care needs.  They can begin by gathering their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)/Evidence of Coverage (EOC) letter; a list of…

October 7, 2018 Herb

Photo Caption: National Institute on Aging This year’s influenza (flu) season has begun (the viruses are most common in the fall and winter) and state health departments are gearing up their efforts to mobilize to combat this contagious respiratory illness. Just over a week ago, at the Washington, DC-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) along with other public health departments, and health care professionals kicked off the 2018-2019 flu vaccine campaign. At the September 27th press conference, the CDC early estimates indicate that “more than 900,000…

October 3, 2018 Herb

  Photo Credit: AARP It’s not a surprise this writer.  Millennials and Generation Xers are as concerned about their personal finances, debt levels and the nation’s economy, as aging Baby Boomers, says a newly released AARP survey.  While poll after poll shows that Social Security and Medicare remains as popular as ever to Baby Boomers, this study’s findings reveal that Millennials and Generation Xers also see the value and importance of these programs. Just days ago, the Association of Young Americans (AYA) and the Washington, DC-based AARP, released this study, it is the second in their series of…