Healthy Foods for Those Needing Assistance

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

About AARP | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Local Resources 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

About AARP | Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Contact Us | Finances 50+ | Fraud | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Livable Communities | Local Resources | Money & Work | Uncategorized | Volunteering 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 …

Mississippi Family Caregivers Provide $5.4 Billion in Unpaid Care According to AARP Study

Posted on 07/16/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Finances 50+ | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Livable Communities | Local Resources | Uncategorized | Volunteering New report reveals stress on family caregivers’ health and finances; identifies policies to help support caregivers WASHINGTON, DC — Family caregivers in Mississippi provided 467 million hours of care—worth an estimated $5.4 billion—to their parents, spouses, partners, and other adult loved ones in 2013, according to AARP Public Policy Institute’s new report, Valuing the Invaluable: 2015 Update. The total estimated economic value of uncompensated care provided by the nation’s family caregivers surpassed total Medicaid spending ($449 billion), and nearly equaled …

New State Law Helps Family Caregivers

Posted on 07/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Caregiving | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family AARP Mississippi is celebrating passage of the Caregiver Act, which took effect July 1. The law allows hospital patients to designate a family caregiver and requires the hospital to notify the caregiver before the patient is discharged or transferred to another facility. In addition, the hospital must make a reasonable attempt to prepare the caregiver for follow-up tasks at home, such as managing medications or dressing wounds. About 565,000 Mississippians provide unpaid care for loved ones, at a value of …

Reminder: Deadline For Andrus Award Nominees Is June 30

Posted on 06/24/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Volunteering AARP Mississippi is accepting nominations until June 30 for its 2015 Mississippi Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors 50+ Mississippians who are sharing their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members. “AARP Mississippi is excited to shine a light on 50+ Mississippians who are using what they’ve learned in life to make a difference in the lives around them,” said AARP Mississippi State President Bettye Taylor. Nominations will be evaluated by AARP Mississippi based on how the volunteer’s work …

Gov. Bryant Signs The Caregiver Act

Posted on 04/14/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

About AARP | Advocacy | Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Money & Work | Uncategorized New law helps 800,000 Mississippi family caregivers and their loved ones (Jackson, MS) – Governor Phil Bryant signed The Caregiver Act (SB 2108) today helping Mississippi’s 800,000 family caregivers and their loved ones. The law takes effect on July 1. The Caregiver Act is a commonsense solution that has three important provisions to make an incredible difference for Mississippi’s family caregivers as they take care of their loved ones: A hospital patient or patient’s legal guardian has an opportunity to …