Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …

Compassion: Self-Care for Caregivers

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

Health & Wellbeing (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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Compassion: Advocating for Caregivers Mandatory

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

Health & Wellbeing (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 …

State Asked to Address Caregiving Needs

Posted on 01/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Mississippi is asking lawmakers to create a state task force on caregiving. The task force would address issues such as financial exploitation, respite care and aging at home. The ratio of potential caregivers ages 45 to 64 to those who are likely to need care (age 80 and older) is dropping dramatically, according to the AARP Public Policy Institute. The current ratio of 7 to 1 is expected to drop to 4 to 1 by 2030. The number of …

Compassion: Furry Friends as Caregivers

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By Margie Culbertson (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. She is pictured on the left.) It was Christmas, three years ago. Grady was his usual self. Prowling the kitchen for any scrap of food the little schnauzer could find. We’d worked all day on the meal, preparing dishes of delicious food of every kind. The house was beginning to fill with family noises, so Gramma began to place each dish on the table. When …