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. …

Alzheimer’s Treatment: We Will Win!

Posted on 07/25/2014 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.) Antonio Vasquez was fired from his job at a Queens bakery because he kept burning the chocolate chip cookies—he had forgotten they were in the oven. Antonio Vasquez was just 60 when Alzheimer’s disease derailed him.   Presently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Treatment for Alzheimer’s patients is multi-faceted and includes drug and non-drug treatments to slow, or stop, the …

Need for Caregivers Expected to Grow

Posted on 07/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing By 2032, about 95,000 Mississippians will be 85 or older—a 67 percent increase in that age group since 2012. Who will care for those people? To answer that question, the state legislature has created an ad hoc committee to study issues related to family caregivers and long-term care services. The caregiver support ratio—the number of people ages 45 to 64 available to care for people in the high-risk 80-plus population—is projected to drop to about 4 to 1 in 2030, …

Living with Alzheimer’s: You Are Not Alone

Posted on 06/26/2014 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.) – 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 …