Living with Alzheimer’s: You Are Not Alone

Posted on 06/26/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

About AARP (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) – See more at: http://states.aarp.org/alzheimers-an-epidemic-with-hope-part-2/#sthash.RM2L7Z1z.dpuf (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) – See more at: http://states.aarp.org/alzheimers-an-epidemic-with-hope-part-2/#sthash.RM2L7Z1z.dpuf (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease in the U.S. and 34 …

New Scorecard Gives Mississippi Low Marks For Serving Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

About AARP  Jackson, MS – Mississippi ranks 49th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve across-the-board – but especially when it comes to five key dimensions.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services …

Alzheimer’s – An Epidemic with Hope (Part 2)

Posted on 05/29/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

About AARP (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) Last month, this column begin a discussion on the importance of early detection and diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. We continue this month discussing current research. Alzheimer’s research has exponentially increased. In 1990, about 1,000 papers were published on Alzheimer’s. By 2012, more than 20,000 Alzheimer’s research papers were published. And the work continues. Researchers across all continents are turning Alzheimer’s disease end …

Alzheimer’s: Epidemic with Hope

Posted on 04/30/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

About AARP (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is at the left.) “Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.” So says the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death, and affects scores of people daily. According to the “International Alzheimer’s Disease International” and “BUPA” (originally, the British United Provident Association), in their co-written “World Alzheimer Report 2013,” Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic. The report does not mince words. It …

Compassion: Self-Care for Caregivers

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

About AARP (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is at the left.) “I’m an exhausted caregiver on the point of collapse. In caring for my sick husband and father, and my demented mother, I feel I’ve ceased to exist as a person.” So says Cary Tennis in her online cry for help. And Nancy L. Snyderman, a physician as well as caregiver for her elderly father, echoes these words: “During the tough times I, …

AARP Mississippi Thanks Legislators For Passing Guardianship Bill That Will Help Caregivers

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

About AARP AARP Mississippi recently had a major win when the House passed Senate Bill 2240. It now goes to Governor Bryant for his signature. The bill allows the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act in Mississippi. Mississippi will become the 38th state to adopt this measure that makes it easier for caregivers to care for loved ones across state lines. Many Mississippi families are caring for loved ones throughout the state and country. In some families, a loved one …