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 …

How to Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on 04/8/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy | Community | Events By Julie E. Lee Even though it may feel like second nature, driving is a demanding task that requires your full attention, no matter how experienced you may consider yourself. What you may think is a minor distraction could result in a dangerous collision. Any moment your eyes are off the road or your hands are off the wheel, you put yourself in a dangerous driving situation. Did you know sending a text message takes a driver’s eyes off the …

Help for New Family Caregivers

Posted on 04/8/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving | Community | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family By Nicole Duritz Forty two million Americans provide support to older parents, spouses and other loved ones. If you’re caring for a loved one, you may not think of yourself this way, but you are likely a family caregiver. Maybe you took on the role suddenly, or perhaps the responsibility evolved over time. While each family situation is unique, you can learn a lot from those who have been on this path before you. Here’s some advice from AARP and …