Caregiver Balances Family, Career While Caring For Three Family Members Over Three Decades

Posted on 11/12/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering By Ronda Gooden (Photo: Judy Raymond (left) is pictured with her husband (third from left); mother-in-law (seated); three children; daugther-in-law; and four of her grandchildren.) Many women find themselves serving as a caregiver at some point in their lives. For Judy Raymond of Starkville, caregiving became a constant part of her life when she was a young wife and mother of three children. In her early 30s, Judy was balancing family life, work, nursing school and caregiving. Over three decades, …

AARP Mississippi Observes November As National Family Caregiver Month

Posted on 11/6/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering November is National Family Caregiver Month, and AARP Mississippi will highlight the need to support caregivers and those for whom they care. More than 800,000 Mississippians perform a great labor love: caring for an aging parent or loved one. These family caregivers provide an invaluable resource, helping seniors stay at home – where they want to be. That’s why AARP is committed to supporting caregivers and their loved ones. Mississippi ranks 49th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term …

Alzheimer’s is Not Inevitable: Myths of the Aging Brain

Posted on 08/27/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering (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. …

Alzheimer’s Treatment: We Will Win!

Posted on 07/25/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) Antonio Vasquez was fired from his job at a Queens bakery because he kept burning the chocolate chip cookies—he had forgotten they were in the oven. Antonio Vasquez was just 60 when Alzheimer’s disease derailed him.   Presently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. Treatment for Alzheimer’s patients is multi-faceted and includes drug and non-drug treatments to slow, or stop, the …

Living with Alzheimer’s: You Are Not Alone

Posted on 06/26/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) – See more at: http://states.aarp.org/alzheimers-an-epidemic-with-hope-part-2/#sthash.RM2L7Z1z.dpuf (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) – See more at: http://states.aarp.org/alzheimers-an-epidemic-with-hope-part-2/#sthash.RM2L7Z1z.dpuf (This story is by Margie Culbertson, an AARP Mississippi volunteer and freelance writer. Her photo is on the left.) More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease in the U.S. and 34 …

New Scorecard Gives Mississippi Low Marks For Serving Older, Disabled Residents

Posted on 06/19/2014 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering  Jackson, MS – Mississippi ranks 49th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to improve across-the-board – but especially when it comes to five key dimensions.  This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation. Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services …