It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP National | Comments

Money & Work By Jean C. Setzfand Even though 2013 has come and gone, you can still get a tax break when you file your income tax return. How? By contributing to a Traditional IRA. If you’re self-employed, the same applies to your SEP-IRA or Keogh plan. If you need help filing your taxes, you may qualify for free assistance from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program. Read on to learn how. Tax Breaks on IRA Contributions The …

Compassion: Self-Care for Caregivers

Posted on 03/21/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Money & Work (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is at the left.) “I’m an exhausted caregiver on the point of collapse. In caring for my sick husband and father, and my demented mother, I feel I’ve ceased to exist as a person.” So says Cary Tennis in her online cry for help. And Nancy L. Snyderman, a physician as well as caregiver for her elderly father, echoes these words: “During the tough times I, …

AARP Mississippi Thanks Legislators For Passing Guardianship Bill That Will Help Caregivers

Posted on 03/13/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Money & Work AARP Mississippi recently had a major win when the House passed Senate Bill 2240. It now goes to Governor Bryant for his signature. The bill allows the Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Jurisdiction Act in Mississippi. Mississippi will become the 38th state to adopt this measure that makes it easier for caregivers to care for loved ones across state lines. Many Mississippi families are caring for loved ones throughout the state and country. In some families, a loved one …

Compassion: Advocating for Caregivers Mandatory

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

Money & Work (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 …

Social Media, Communication Volunteers Needed

Social Media, Communication Volunteers Needed

Posted on 12/18/2013 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Money & Work Are you a communicator at heart? Do you use Facebook and Twitter to connect with family, friends and organizations? Are you interested in a volunteer opportunity that you can do right from the comfort of your own home? If you answered yes to these questions, AARP Mississippi has a volunteer opportunity just for you. AARP Mississippi is looking for social media and communication volunteers to communicate with and on behalf of the state’s 50-plus population. AARP Mississippi works on a …

Pets Can Serve As Caregiving Companions

Compassion: Caring for Caregivers

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Money & Work By Margie Culbertson (This story is by Margie Culbertson, a freelance writer and AARP Mississippi volunteer. She is pictured on the left. To protect the privacy of the people interviewed for this story, some identifying characteristics have been changed.) Caregiving responsibilities are increasingly becoming the responsibility of Baby Boomers. Nearly 10 million people over the age of 50 care for their aging parents, according to a MetLife study.   I interviewed Mike, a 55-year-old Jackson man who is the caretaker for his buddy, …