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Ronda Gooden


Ronda is Associate State Director for Communications at AARP Mississippi.

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Mississippi Family Caregivers Provide $5.4 Billion in Unpaid Care According to AARP Study

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Mississippi provided 467 million hours of care—worth an estimated $5.4 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled …

Reminder: Deadline For Andrus Award Nominees Is June 30

Posted on 06/24/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

AARP Mississippi is accepting nominations until June 30 for its 2015 Mississippi Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Mississippians who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Mississippi is excited to shine a light on 50+ Mississippians who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said AARP Mississippi State President Bettye Taylor. Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Mississippi based on how the volunteer’s work …

AARP Mississippi Joins Petition Drive for Online Dating Sites to Crack Down on Fraud

Posted on 06/5/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

$81 Million Lost Nationally to Scammers in Just One Year Jackson, MS – With romance scammers using the Internet to rob Americans of an estimated $81 million per year, AARP’s Fraud Watch Network today called on the online dating industry to institute new safeguards to better protect their users. AARP Mississippi is inviting its members and the general public to become involved in the national campaign by signing an online petition. Demonstrating the ease with which online dating con artists …

Gov. Bryant Signs The Caregiver Act

Posted on 04/14/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

New law helps 800,000 Mississippi family caregivers and their loved ones (Jackson, MS) – Governor Phil Bryant signed The Caregiver Act (SB 2108) today helping Mississippi’s 800,000 family caregivers and their loved ones. The law takes effect on July 1. The Caregiver Act is a commonsense solution that has three important provisions to make an incredible difference for Mississippi’s family caregivers as they take care of their loved ones: A hospital patient or patient’s legal guardian has an opportunity to …

AARP Foundation Awarded $3 Million Grant from USDA; Funds Will Support Affordable Access To Healthy Food

Posted on 04/2/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Jackson, MS – (April 2, 2015) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program, awarded AARP Foundation a grant of $3.3 million, with an additional $1 million coming from UnitedHealthcare, to implement a multi-year $6.6 million incentive program in Mississippi and Tennessee to increase the purchase and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The goal of this program is to increase the purchase and …

AARP Mississippi Thanks the Mississippi House and Senate for Unanimously Passing The Caregiver Act

Posted on 03/31/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

(Jackson, MS) – AARP Mississippi thanks all members of the Mississippi House and Senate for unanimously passing The Caregiver Act (SB 2108) today. The Caregiver Act will help 800,000 Mississippi family caregivers who are taking care of loved ones. The bill now goes to Governor Bryant to sign. When parents, spouses, or other loved ones go into the hospital, family caregivers can feel confused, rushed, left out, or unprepared to provide the best care when they return home. Thousands of …