Caregiving Issues Top Legislative Agenda

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

The 2016 legislative session begins Jan. 5, and AARP wants to make sure lawmakers are working for Mississippians age 50-plus. Topping the agenda is adequate funding for home- and community-based services, which could provide some relief to the state’s 500,000 unpaid family caregivers. AARP also is backing the Uniform Power of Attorney Act—already adopted in at least 18 states—to protect older Mississippians from financial abuse. The measure would increase consumer protections for people who can no longer manage their finances …

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Sen. Terry C. Burton, Rep. Sam C. Mims, V, Rep. Toby Barker Named ‘Capitol Caregivers’

Posted on 12/21/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

(Jackson, MS) – To recognize their work to support family caregivers in Mississippi, AARP names Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, Sen. Terry C. Burton, Rep. Sam C. Mims, V, and Rep. Toby Barker as 2015 “Capitol Caregivers,” a bipartisan group of state legislators, lieutenant governors, and governors from 25 states. These elected officials have advanced policies to help family caregivers who are making it possible for older Mississippians to live independently at home—where they want to be. “AARP thanks Lt. Gov. …

Lunches to Honor Familiy Caregivers

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Every year, more than a half million Mississippians provide about $5.4 billion worth of unpaid services to help adult loved ones live at home. Now, AARP Mississippi is giving back by hosting lunches for family caregivers. Caregiving is a stressful and demanding commitment, with family members performing medical tasks—such as managing medications or dressing wounds—as well as helping with everyday needs, such as bathing, dressing and preparing meals. The lunches, in honor of National Family Caregivers Month, will be held …

Keep Learning at Boomer University

Posted on 10/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

You may be a boomer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re done with school. Now, at AARP Mississippi’s Boomer University, you can learn how to make the next phase of your life happy, healthy and secure. The free workshops will be held Oct. 10 in Jackson and Oct. 17 in Belden. Topics will include Social Security, retirement planning, fraud prevention and Life Reimagined, which provides tools to navigate life’s transitions. Mississippi has more than 720,000 boomers (born 1946-64). Lunch is …

Healthy Foods for Those Needing Assistance

Posted on 09/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Putting meals on the table is hard for people who don’t have enough cash to buy groceries on a regular basis. Getting the fresh fruits and vegetables they need for good health is even more of a challenge. With a federal grant plus a contribution from UnitedHealthcare, AARP Foundation is launching a program to encourage Mississippians who receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to buy fresh produce at select Kroger’s stores and farmers markets. About 22 percent …

AARP Mississippi Observes 10th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Posted on 08/20/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Ten years ago the eye of Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast leaving a path of devastation and destruction. After Hurricane Katrina made landfall on August 29, 2005, Waveland, Bay St. Louis and the entire Mississippi Gulf Coast were changed forever. In the initial weeks after the impact, the AARP Foundation deployed attorneys to help displaced residents who sought assistance. AARP Mississippi staff mobilized and organized AARP staff from all over the country to volunteer. The volunteers staffed AARP …