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 …

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

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

Health & Wellbeing  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

Health & Wellbeing (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

Health & Wellbeing (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 …

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 …