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. …

Alzheimer’s Treatment: We Will Win!

Posted on 07/25/2014 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.) 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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family (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

Home & Family  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

Home & Family (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 …