Making Sense of Health Insurance Lingo

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

Health & Wellbeing | Mississippi By Nicole Duritz If you’re like me, one of the more uncomfortable parts about seeing a doctor is putting on the paper gown. Does the opening go in the front or the back? Can I get it on before the door opens? Why is the office always so cold? Sometimes I feel just as exposed when I don’t understand certain terms in the pages of paperwork my insurance provider sends me after a routine appointment. For many people, the language …

Drive Green Into Spring: 5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Driving

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

Home & Family | Mississippi By Julie E. Lee From recycling, to sustainable grocery bags, to “Meatless Mondays,” Americans are finding many ways to “go green.” If you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint, making environmentally conscious decisions doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there is one simple way to curb your impact on a regular basis. It starts with your driving. Most Americans rely on their personal vehicle to get around on a daily basis. But unfortunately, our cars are a significant source …

It’s Not Too Late For a Tax Break

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

Mississippi | 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

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Mississippi | Money & Work | Volunteering (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

About AARP | Advocacy | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Mississippi | Money & Work | Volunteering 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 …

Love Social Media? Use Facebook to Volunteer

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Mississippi | Volunteering Americans age 50-plus increasingly are using social media, and AARP is tapping into that trend to hear what people have to say about Social Security, caregiving, transportation, livable communities, retirement planning and other issues. AARP Mississippi is recruiting volunteers who use Facebook and Twitter to encourage people to share ideas about these issues online. Volunteers will receive training—including the use of tablets and smart phones—and some travel expenses will be reimbursed. A 2012 study by the nonprofit Pew Research Center …