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 …

Get Help to Pay Winter’s Heating Bills

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Local Resources More than a third of Mississippians age 60-plus receive help with heating and cooling costs through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Yet the numbers suggest many who are eligible do not apply. AARP is reaching out to older residents to let them know they can apply for help through the cold-weather period of October through April. Last year, 33,406 Mississippi households got help to stay warm. Individuals with an annual income up to $17,990 are eligible, and the …

Here’s How To Contact AARP Mississippi

Posted on 07/24/2013 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Local Resources AARP Mississippi Would Love To Hear From You! Here’s How To Contact Us.  AARP is right here in Mississippi working to make a difference in communities throughout the state. Give your time, talent, and expertise to make a difference where you live. For information, contact us through one of the channels below. Hours: AARP Mississippi is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: 6360 I-55 North, Suite #160, Jackson, MS 39211 Call: 866-554-5382 Email: msaarp@aarp.org Fax: 601-991-3342 Like us …

AARP, Mound Bayou Residents Collaborate To Improve Historic Town

Posted on 12/21/2012 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Local Resources The AARP Mound Bayou chapter in the Delta has made a commitment to building a healthier and safe community. After a series of community conversations, AARP Mississippi facilitated a workshop called Active Living In a Health Community last year. “We invited a diverse array of citizens, including city officials, law enforcement personnel, Kindergarten through grade 12 school personnel,   healthcare providers, non-profit workers, and members of business,  civic and faith-based organizations,” said Elaine Baker, Ph.D., MSW, AARP Mound Bayou Chapter President. …