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 …

Dealing with the “Overqualified” Label

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

Community | Finances 50+ | Home & Family | Money & Work By Deborah Banda Being labeled as overqualified when you’re a job seeker can be a tough obstacle to overcome. Although it doesn’t happen just to older workers, it is an added burden when you’re 50-plus. It’s true — you may be overqualified for a job. But there are ways to turn that into a positive. So, don’t be discouraged. AARP can help you turn your career goals into real possibilities with our resources for finding a job or starting a …

AARP Foundation Awarded $3 Million Grant from USDA; Funds Will Support Affordable Access To Healthy Food

Posted on 04/2/2015 by | AARP Mississippi | Comments

Finances 50+ | Health & Wellbeing | Home & Family | Uncategorized Jackson, MS – (April 2, 2015) – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through its Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) grant program, awarded AARP Foundation a grant of $3.3 million, with an additional $1 million coming from UnitedHealthcare, to implement a multi-year $6.6 million incentive program in Mississippi and Tennessee to increase the purchase and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The goal of this program is to increase the purchase and …

Support Circles for Family Caregivers

Posted on 04/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Caregiving To relieve stress for the more than 826,000 family caregivers in Mississippi, AARP is building support networks in person and by phone. In 2010, there were eight potential caregivers age 45-64 available for each Mississippian age 80 or older. That ratio, however, is projected to drop to 4.1 by 2030 and 3.3 by 2050, according to a study by the AARP Public Policy Institute. AARP hosts Caregiver Circles in Gulfport at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church on the second Tuesday …