Alzheimer’s – An Epidemic with Hope (Part 2)

Posted on 05/29/2014 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 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 …

Alzheimer’s: Epidemic with Hope

Posted on 04/30/2014 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.) “Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.” So says the Alzheimer’s Association. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death, and affects scores of people daily. According to the “International Alzheimer’s Disease International” and “BUPA” (originally, the British United Provident Association), in their co-written “World Alzheimer Report 2013,” Alzheimer’s disease is an epidemic. The report does not mince words. It …

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, …