— Kathy Siggins of Mt. Airy has been leading an effort to find a cure for Alzheimer’s through the sale of stamps she helped to create. This specialty stamp is being sold with a portion of its proceeds going to Alzheimer’s research at NIH. Kathy’s mission to end Alzheimer’s has come a long way, but it’s far from over. And you can help. Watch her story below, and to purchase the Alzheimer’s stamp, visit bit.ly/buyalzstamp to support this important research. If you’re interested …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anna Landrum, a senior at Northeast Jones High School. She was nominated by Lori Landrum. “Anna plays volleyball, basketball and softball,” Landrum said. “She has been a member of her inaugural volleyball team for its first two years and this year …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athlete of the Week every Friday this fall. We partnered with Super Talk Mississippi to seek nominations for outstanding students who excel in sports and academics. The response was overwhelming! Meet Anne Grayson Clanton, a senior at Lafayette High School. She was nominated by Jennifer Painter. “Anne has a 3.91 GPA and is ranked 19 out of 197 seniors while being a full-time band member since 6th grade and working a part-time …

Flu Shot
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— 2017-2018 was a high severity flu season with record breaking levels of influenza illness, hospitalization rates and reported pediatric deaths. The best protection against flu is getting a flu vaccine. While the timing of flu season is unpredictable, seasonal flu activity often begins to increase in October, most commonly peaks between December and February, but can last as late as May. CDC recommends that everyone ages 6 months and older get a flu vaccine by the end of October, but …

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— Michael (Mike) Fagan is a 71-year-old Arizona resident from Clarkdale. Mike is an expert in fitness, wellness, nutrition, naturopathic supplements, and most health related fields. He has hiked all over the world in the harshest environments and is quite adept at most athletic endeavors. Mike Fagan owns a Health Food store, called Montana Harvest Natural Foods in Billings, MT and has a local radio show, “Let’s Stay Healthy” on News Talk 730 that supports healthy eating and activities while focusing …

— AARP North Dakota is looking for volunteers to work with state legislators on issues such as caregiving, health care access, transportation and property taxes. The state legislature reconvenes on Jan. 3, and AARP is seeking volunteers to join its advocacy team. Members will talk with lawmakers about issues critical to residents 50 and older. Ideally, the group will consist of at least one resident from each of the 53 counties in North Dakota, who are prepared to meet with legislators …

— As Alaskans embrace the winter season’s outdoor recreation, they need to be alert to increasing risks, especially avalanches. Avalanche and rockfall incidents have increased in recent years, research shows, due to warming temperatures and melting permafrost. Since 1998, Alaska has seen one to 12 avalanche deaths a year. Many fatal incidents involve increasingly powerful snowmobiles. At workshops that AARP Alaska is sponsoring through the Alaska Avalanche Information Center, learn how to recognize hazardous snow conditions, watch for and react to …

— Open enrollment in health insurance marketplaces continues until Dec. 15. AARP South Carolina reminds residents that Palmetto Project, an independent nonprofit, is a great source of information on health care options and choices. The state’s uninsured rate has dropped consistently, from 16 percent in 2013 to 9 percent in 2016, according to the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation. Palmetto Project has championed consumers’ right to free access to fair, accurate information about health insurance coverage choices in the federal Health Insurance …

— By Miriam Davidson Don Ritchie knew he had a hearing problem, but for a long time the retired teacher and school administrator didn’t do anything about it. One day, about 15 years ago, as he babysat his 9-year-old granddaughter, she said, “Papa, can you turn down the television? It really hurts my ears.” “It suddenly dawned on me I needed to get hearing aids,” said Ritchie, 80, of Mesa. “So I did.” Hearing aids have helped him both personally and …