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

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

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Mississippi | Money & Work | Volunteering By Ronda Gooden (Photo: Judy Raymond (left) is pictured with her husband (third from left); mother-in-law (seated); three children; daugther-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

About AARP | Advocacy | Events | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Mississippi | Money & Work | Volunteering 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 …

Making Clarksdale Safer, More Livable

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family | Local Resources | Mississippi Clarksdale, a small city in the Mississippi Delta, is said to be the birthplace of the blues. Lately though, Clarksdale residents have experienced a different kind of blues, complaining about a high rate of crime. AARP Mississippi recently stepped in to help the Clarksdale mayor, police chief and county sheriff launch a neighborhood watch program. An AARP community group called Seniors for a More Livable Community is posting 80 neighborhood watch signs emblazoned with the AARP Real Possibilities logo. Residents …

Come Experience Life@50+ in Miami!

Posted on 10/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Mississippi Join us May 14-16, 2015 in sunny Miami, Florida for AARP’s annual event & expo, Life@50+. With sessions featuring today’s most interesting thinkers and experts in Health & Wellness, Money & Work, Technology & Innovation and Travel & Culture, along with nightly entertainment and a jam-packed exhibit floor, there is something for everyone! Life@50+ strives to create an experience that reflects the personality of today’s AARP – informative, educational, exciting, entertaining and fun! Registration is just $35 for AARP Members, …

Other Dementias: Some Reversible!

Posted on 10/14/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Mississippi | Money & Work (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.)  Dementias The simple definition of the term “Dementia” is when a person experiences problems with their memory, language and thinking which are severe enough to disrupt their daily lives. The causes for Dementia Disorders can be either “Progressive Dementia” or “Reversible Dementia.” Progressive Dementias—According to Alz.org, “Progressive Dementia” is caused by “physical changes in the brain” including disorders such as: Alzheimer’s …

Bring Photo ID When You Go to the Polls

Posted on 10/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Mississippi Mississippi voters age 45 and older have been a powerful voice in recent elections and could repeat the performance on Nov. 4—but only if they remember to bring proper identification to the polls. In 2012, Mississippians age 45 to 64 made up 35 percent of the state vote, while those 65-plus made up 21 percent. To ensure at least as good a turnout this year, AARP Mississippi is reminding voters that a new state law requires them to show a …