Mississippi’s Generation X Turns 50!

Posted on 01/16/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Local Resources The year 2015 is the year Generation X turns 50. It’s a monumental year! We want to hear from Mississippi’s first wave of Generation X as you turn 50. How do you feel about turning 50? Do you plan to celebrate? Have you thought about how you’d like to spend the next phase of your life? Plus, when your big day arrives, we’d love to see your photos and video. We want to hear from you. Email us at msaarp@aarp.org …

The Power of Gratitude

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Local Resources (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) Here it is, time to make our New Year’s Resolutions. What would I promise myself I’d do to improve my life this year? I remembered that I’d been noticing the word “gratitude” everywhere — from books to newspapers, magazines, columns, and even research papers. I decided to find out the “what” as well as the “why” of gratitude: what did the …

Making Clarksdale Safer, More Livable

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

Local Resources 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 …

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

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

Local Resources (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. …

Need for Caregivers Expected to Grow

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

Local Resources 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, …

Compassion: Advocating for Caregivers Mandatory

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Local Resources (This story is by Margie Culberton, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is at the left.) “Thus, caregivers remain largely forgotten by the political system. It is a shame. But it is true,” is the last line in an article in a Forbes article called “Occupy Elder Care: Why Caregivers are Bad Advocates.”   Family caregivers have an especially daunting task. They often feel exhausted and yet also guilty they’re not doing enough. The current and growing shortage …