Compassion: Self-Care for Caregivers

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

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

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

Love Social Media? Use Facebook to Volunteer

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

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 …

Compassion: Advocating for Caregivers Mandatory

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

Volunteering (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 …

Compassion: Critical Need for Caregivers in Coming Decades

Posted on 01/30/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering By Margie Culbertson (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) It has been confirmed. A tsunami is heading our way. The “Silver Tsunami,” the massive caregiver shortage we will experience in the future, is real. We know that Baby Boomers are the catalyst, the “volcanic activity” playing havoc in our waters, our society, which will bring the projected overwhelming wave, the need for caretakers, like never before.  In 2010, …

Compassion: Furry Friends as Caregivers

Posted on 12/19/2013 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering By Margie Culbertson (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. She is pictured on the left.) It was Christmas, three years ago. Grady was his usual self. Prowling the kitchen for any scrap of food the little schnauzer could find. We’d worked all day on the meal, preparing dishes of delicious food of every kind. The house was beginning to fill with family noises, so Gramma began to place each dish on the table. When …