Managing the Holidays for Seniors

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

Home & Family (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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

Making Clarksdale Safer, More Livable

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Home & Family Clarksdale, a small city in the Mississippi Delta, is said to be the birthplace of the blues. Lately though, Clarksdale residents have experienced a different kind of blues, complaining about a high rate of crime. AARP Mississippi recently stepped in to help the Clarksdale mayor, police chief and county sheriff launch a neighborhood watch program. An AARP community group called Seniors for a More Livable Community is posting 80 neighborhood watch signs emblazoned with the AARP Real Possibilities logo. Residents …

Other Dementias: Some Reversible!

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

Home & Family (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 …

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

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

Home & Family (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. …