Brain Health: What Helps, What Hurts

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The Good News Cognitive decline is not inevitable as we age. Here’s what can help and what can hurt in preserving your brain health. After reading the information below, feel free to register for a free Brain Health Tele Town Hall at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. To register, visit vekeo.com/aarpbh or call us at 866-554-5382. What Helps Staying Fit: Aerobic exercise is especially beneficial for brain health, and even better when combined with strength training. And it’s never …

AARP Mississippi Seeks 2016 Andrus Award For Community Service Nominees

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(Jackson, MS) – AARP is now accepting nominations for its 2016 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 …

AARP Mississippi Announces Kimberly L. Campbell As State Director

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(Jackson, MS) – AARP Regional Vice President for the South Region, John B. Caine, II, has announced the appointment of Kimberly L. Campbell as the AARP Mississippi State Director, effective May 23, 2016. As State Director, Campbell will be responsible for leading and directing AARP’s work in advocacy, community engagement, and communications to serve 281,000 AARP members in Mississippi. Campbell, an attorney, currently is a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, District 72. In announcing the appointment, Caine said, …

AARP Mississippi Thanks Mississippi House of Representatives for Passing HB 1178

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AARP Mississippi thanks the Mississippi House of Representatives for passing HB 1178 today. The bill now goes to the Senate. HB 1178 would help expand access to healthcare through telemedicine. It has the potential to improve the lives of patients, as well as their caregivers, across Mississippi. As a new, promising tool for delivering care, telemedicine holds tremendous potential to eliminate barriers that hinder efforts to provide treatment and care. This is true not only for residents in rural, medically-underserved …

AARP Mississippi is Looking for Volunteer Leaders

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AARP Mississippi offers volunteer opportunities that allow you to work in your own community. Members and friends are working with us statewide to make our communities more livable for people of all ages, provide resources for folks caring for loved ones, and raise awareness about fraud and scams.  Below, you’ll find even more ways to help! Regional Volunteer Leaders We are looking for volunteers to help lead AARP’s community and advocacy work in Mississippi’s four Congressional Districts. This volunteer assists …

AARP Mississippi is Looking for Executive Council Members

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If you have the time and passion to make an impact on the lives of people across our state, then AARP Mississippi has the perfect opportunity for you! The AARP Mississippi Executive Council currently has eight immediate openings. This group features the highest ranking volunteer positions in the state. The Executive Council makes strategic decisions on our priorities, shaping the work of AARP throughout Mississippi. This team works in close partnership with the AARP Mississippi State President, State Director and …

AARP Works on Telehealth, Uniform Power of Attorney, Home and Community-based Services

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AARP Mississippi is at the State Capitol this year working to make life a little easier for caregivers and all Mississippians. Our top priorities for the 2016 Mississippi Legislative session are: Expanding telehealth options. Maintaining home- and community-based services. Implementing Uniform Power of Attorney. Expanding telehealth options would help thousands of Mississippians who live in rural areas receive health care. The use of telehealth technologies has the potential to: Create better access to care. Reduce transportation barriers. Improve outcomes for …

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Sen. Terry C. Burton, Rep. Sam C. Mims, V, Rep. Toby Barker Named ‘Capitol Caregivers’

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(Jackson, MS) – To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Mississippi, AARP names Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Sen. Terry C. Burton, Rep. Sam C. Mims, V, and Rep. Toby Barker as 2015 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of state legislators, lieutenant governors, and governors from 25 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Mississippians to live independently at home—where they want to be. “AARP thanks Lt. Gov. …

AARP Mississippi Observes 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

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Ten years ago the eye of Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast leaving a path of devastation and destruction. After Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, Waveland, Bay St. Louis and the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast were changed forever. In the initial weeks after the impact, the AARP Foundation deployed attorneys to help displaced residents who sought assistance. AARP Mississippi staff mobilized and organized AARP staff from all over the country to volunteer. The volunteers staffed AARP …

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

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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 …