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Ronda Gooden

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Ronda is Associate State Director for Communications at AARP Mississippi.

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Present Moments: Mindfulness Matters

Posted on 02/27/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

(This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) Be happy in the moment. That’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more. ― Mother Teresa Time Magazine’s January 23, 1914 cover proclaimed this is the age of “The Mindful Revolution.” A simple definition of mindfulness is: “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment” sometimes during meditation, but also when we …

Mississippi’s Generation X Turns 50!

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

The year 2015 is the year Generation X turns 50. It’s a monumental year! We want to hear from Mississippi’s first wave of Generation X as you turn 50. How do you feel about turning 50? Do you plan to celebrate? Have you thought about how you’d like to spend the next phase of your life? Plus, when your big day arrives, we’d love to see your photos and video. We want to hear from you. Email us at msaarp@aarp.org …

The Power of Gratitude

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

(This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) Here it is, time to make our New Year’s Resolutions. What would I promise myself I’d do to improve my life this year? I remembered that I’d been noticing the word “gratitude” everywhere — from books to newspapers, magazines, columns, and even research papers. I decided to find out the “what” as well as the “why” of gratitude: what did the …

Managing the Holidays for Seniors

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

(This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) Gathering with loved ones and sharing in the holiday spirit are things we look forward to, but for some, the holiday season can be challenging. We often face battles with the bulge, tight finances, stress, and sadness. And, for some, physical limitations can make socializing and church attendance tough. So what can we do? One good place to start is the …

Caregiver Balances Family, Career While Caring For Three Family Members Over Three Decades

Posted on 11/12/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

By Ronda Gooden (Photo: Judy Raymond (left) is pictured with her husband (third from left); mother-in-law (seated); three children; daughter-in-law; and four of her grandchildren.) Many women find themselves serving as a caregiver at some point in their lives. For Judy Raymond of Starkville, caregiving became a constant part of her life when she was a young wife and mother of three children. In her early 30s, Judy was balancing family life, work, nursing school and caregiving. Over three decades, …

AARP Mississippi Observes November As National Family Caregiver Month

Posted on 11/6/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

November is National Family Caregiver Month, and AARP Mississippi will highlight the need to support caregivers and those for whom they care. More than 800,000 Mississippians perform a great labor love: caring for an aging parent or loved one. These family caregivers provide an invaluable resource, helping seniors stay at home – where they want to be. That’s why AARP is committed to supporting caregivers and their loved ones. Mississippi ranks 49th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term …