Managing the Holidays for Seniors

Posted on 11/25/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Health & Wellbeing (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) Gathering with loved ones and sharing in the holiday spirit are things we look forward to, but for some, the holiday season can be challenging. We often face battles with the bulge, tight finances, stress, and sadness. And, for some, physical limitations can make socializing and church attendance tough. So what can we do? One good place to start is the …

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

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

Health & Wellbeing 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

Health & Wellbeing 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 …

Other Dementias: Some Reversible!

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

Health & Wellbeing (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 …

State Ranks 49th in Long-term Care Support

Posted on 09/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing For people in need of long-term care, Mississippi is not a hospitable state, according to a scorecard released by AARP, the Commonwealth Fund and the SCAN Foundation. Mississippi ranks 49th in the type and quality of long-term care services available, and gets low marks for affordability, access, choice of setting and provider, and quality of life. The state ranks 50th in effective transitions—the way in which long-term care is coordinated with health care services and social support. In a move …

Alzheimer’s is Not Inevitable: Myths of the Aging Brain

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Health & Wellbeing (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) Myths of the Aging Brain: “For a long time, it was assumed that as we become older, the connections in the brain became fixed, and then it was just a matter of time that we started “losing” brain cells. However, this assumption is being aggressively challenged by recent studies showing that the brain never stops changing.” So says Mario Garrett, Ph.D. …