Compassion: Self-Care for Caregivers

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

Advocacy (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

Advocacy 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 …

Love Social Media? Use Facebook to Volunteer

Love Social Media? Use Facebook to Volunteer

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Americans age 50-plus increasingly are using social media, and AARP is tapping into that trend to hear what people have to say about Social Security, caregiving, transportation, livable communities, retirement planning and other issues. AARP Mississippi is recruiting volunteers who use Facebook and Twitter to encourage people to share ideas about these issues online. Volunteers will receive training—including the use of tablets and smart phones—and some travel expenses will be reimbursed. A 2012 study by the nonprofit Pew Research Center …

Compassion: Advocating for Caregivers Mandatory

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Advocacy (This story is by Margie Culberton, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is at the left.) “Thus, caregivers remain largely forgotten by the political system. It is a shame. But it is true,” is the last line in an article in a Forbes article called “Occupy Elder Care: Why Caregivers are Bad Advocates.”   Family caregivers have an especially daunting task. They often feel exhausted and yet also guilty they’re not doing enough. The current and growing shortage …

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community,  But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Civil Rights Leaders: Church Still Greatest Stabilizer in Black Community, But Some Show Signs of Fatigue

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP From the tragic 1955 death of Emmett Till to the Montgomery bus boycott to civil rights battles of the 1960s and even to the issues of unequal justice in 2014, civil rights leaders say the Black Church has remained a headquarters for healing, rejuvenation and planning. “It remains our oasis in the desert. It remains our spiritual reservoir. It remains the most independent organization controlled by Black people. It even …

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Social Media Could Make New Strides for Civil Rights

Posted on 02/17/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Advocacy By Edna Kane-Williams, Vice President, Multicultural Markets and Engagement, AARP If the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom had used Facebook, Twitter, E-mail, Instagram and other social media to draw people to Washington, D.C., what would have been different about that great gathering on the Mall of the U. S Capital? That question kicked off a Martin Luther King holiday forum discussion that grew from what could have happened with social media to ways that …