Cases of COVID rose among Mississippi nursing home residents and staff over the four weeks ending July 18, according to the latest release of AARP’s Nursing Home COVID-19 Dashboard.
The state’s older population faces serious health challenges, with Mississippi ranking at or near the bottom on general health and clinical care for people 65 and older.
AARP Mississippi will offer a virtual event, Preventing Financial Exploitation Of The Elderly, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17. To register for this free online event, click here.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a devastating effect in nursing homes and long-term care facilities, causing the deaths of more than 84,000 residents and staff, according to an Oct. 8 analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation—including 991 in Mississippi. Yet federal policymakers have been slow to respond to this crisis, and no state has done a good enough job to stem the loss of life. AARP has called for the enactment of a 5-point plan to protect nursing home and long-term care facility residents, and has fought for public reporting of nursing home COVID-19 cases and deaths.
AARP Mississippi invites you to a virtual event called, Preventing Financial Exploitation Of The Elderly, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 17. To register for this online event, click here.
AARP Mississippi talked with Megan Clapton, Ph.D., owner of Mindful Therapy in Ridgeland, about mindfulness and caregiving. Dr. Clapton says mindfulness can help caregivers as they try to balance work, family and caregiving.
AARP Mississippi is presenting the End Of Summer Blues Series on Facebook in recognition of family caregivers. AARP values the important work and dedication of caregivers everywhere. This series is provided as an AARP celebration of caregivers. A different blues artist will be presented on Thursday August 27, September 3, September 10 and September 17 on the AARP Mississippi Facebook page at 7 p.m. CT. The artists are James “Super Chikan” Johnson, Lucious Spiller, Lala Craig and Big A.
As COVID-19 restrictions have eased in Mississippi, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities eventually will prepare to resume in-person visits for families. While this may happen in the future, now is the time to prepare. Experts say in-person visits will be different than before the pandemic, at least until the threat of coronavirus has passed. There may be limits on when, where and for how long you can see loved ones, and distancing rules will likely be in place.
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