New Scorecard Shows Where Mississippi Stands In Serving Older Adults, People With Disabilities

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(Ridgeland, MS) – Mississippi ranks 48th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Despite the ranking, Mississippi has seen growth in key areas. Those areas are: Person and family-centered care Subsidized housing opportunities (place-based and vouchers) Percent of new Medicaid aged/disabled long-term services and supports first receiving services in the community Specific areas …

AARP Mississippi to Host Caregiving Webinar

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AARP Mississippi is presenting a free Caregiving Webinar on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. You can participate in this live, interactive event from the comfort of your home or office.  Participants will receive tips and resources on starting a caregiving conversation, forming a team, making a plan, finding support and caring for themselves as they continue to care for others. Every year, more than 500,000 Mississippians perform a great labor of love by helping their parents, spouses, and …

AARP Mississippi Launches Campaign to Protect Medicare

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Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of Mississippi Residents (Jackson, MS) — AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Mississippians who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees. Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Begins Helping Taxpayers File Taxes

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AARP Foundation Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation help to anyone, especially if you’re 50 and older, and can’t afford a tax preparation service. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide understands that retirement or other life changes may mean your taxes are a little more complicated now. Last year, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 19,440 people file their federal and state tax returns. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide has more than 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers. There’s …

Volunteer Community-Based Teams Take AARP Local

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Volunteers are the face of AARP in the community. AARP Mississippi is honored to have so many talented and skilled individuals who have expressed an interest in giving back to their communities. We are preparing volunteers and equipping them with the tools they need to volunteer locally. We have begun hosting Volunteer Community-Based Team meetings in DeSoto County, the Gulf Coast and Central Mississippi. An ideal Volunteer Community-Based Team includes volunteers from all facets of AARP, including AARP Driver Safety, …

Volunteers Prepare To Work On Caregiving Issues

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The 2017 legislative session has begun, and AARP Mississippi is at the State Capitol keeping an eye on things important to Mississippi’s 50-plus population. Key issues are access to respite care, the Uniformed Power of Attorney Act and telehealth. Mississippi has a poor health record, placing at or near the bottom of state rankings on obesity, cancer, diabetes and overall health. But the state excels in telehealth, and the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center ranks …

AARP Mississippi State President’s Message

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As we start a new year, it’s only natural to reflect on all that we accomplished in 2016, and turn our attention to what we hope to accomplish in 2017. George R. Bach said, “Caring has the gift of making the ordinary special.” To you, our volunteers, AARP Mississippi realizes this personifies you. We appreciate the significant contributions you made in helping us succeed in our 2016 endeavors- making life better for the 50+ population and their families. Thank you …

Joyce Nelson Named 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service Winner

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Joyce Nelson of Moss Point has been selected by AARP, the nonprofit organization for people 50 and older, to receive the  2016 AARP Mississippi Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Mississippi selected Nelson for her remarkable service which has greatly benefited the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. She volunteers with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children), Friends of the Library for …

AARP Mississippi To Present Take A Stand Debate Watch Party In Clarksdale

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AARP Mississippi will present a Take A Stand Debate Watch Party in Clarksdale, Mississippi, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Stone Pony Pizza, 226 Delta Avenue.  Refreshments will be provided. The event is free. Americans work hard and pay into Social Security —and are counting on it to be there. But if our leaders don’t act, future retirees could lose up to $10,000 a year. That’s why everyone who thinks they have what it …

Hernando Joins AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities

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Jackson, MS – The City of Hernando has been accepted into the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The city was officially inducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at a ceremony at the Hernando Farmers Market, located at the DeSoto County Courthouse, 2535 Highway 51 South. The AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities helps participating communities become great places for all ages by adopting such features as walkable streets, better housing and transportation options, access to key services and opportunities for residents to …