To support and promote Drive to End Hunger, the "2BoomerBabes" radio hour will broadcast from Dover Speedway on Oct. 2. AARP Delaware sponsors the program, which airs Saturdays and Sundays on Delmarva Public Radio, WSCL 89.5 FM and WSDL 90.7 FM.
The hosts of "2BoomerBabes," Barbara Kline and Kathy Bernard, carry on lively conversations on a variety of topics. Hunger is a problem in the state, with almost 10 percent of residents struggling in recent years to put enough food on the table.
Learn more at aarp.org/de, drivetoendhunger.org and 2boomerbabes.com.
About half of Delaware adults age 50-plus say health care is the biggest challenge facing state residents at midlife and later, a recent AARP survey found. Three in 10 cite economic issues as their top concern. The survey also found 57 percent of adults are worried about not having adequate long-term care choices in their communities if they or family members need care. Almost all respondents said it's important to have choices that allow people to stay in their homes as long as possible.
"With the state's population aging, it's more important than ever to listen to our community," said Lucretia Young, AARP state director. "Understanding AARP members' challenges and dreams allows us to provide information that can help them live their best lives."
For more survey results, go to aarp.org/de.
Across the Years
Middle school students are working side by side with AARP volunteers to fight hunger among older Delawareans.
The students, from W.T. Chipman Middle School in Harrington, learned about the national Drive to End Hunger after seeing the logo on NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon's No. 24 Chevy race car in the Daytona 500. They contacted AARP offering to help with a statewide food drive and launched the effort at an April news conference promoting the Drive to End Hunger at the Dover International Speedway.
Answers and Support
Delaware now has a home- and community-based services ombudsman, who can help state residents find the services they need to live independently as they age. AARP helped state Secretary of Health and Social Services Rita Landgraf push for funding to create the position.
The new ombudsman, Gail Weinberg, is an advocate for people who receive long-term care services. She serves as a liaison to ease patients' transition back home after a hospital stay. Weinberg says her job demonstrates the agency's commitment "to improving the lives of the elderly, by providing such services as advocacy, mediation, up-to-date information and emotional support."
To reach the ombudsman, call 1-800-223-9074 or e-mail DelawareADRC@state.de.us.