— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Mississippi for all ages to live, work and play. We hope you’ll join us!

— (Ridgeland, MS) – AARP Mississippi applauds the Mississippi Legislature for passing House Bill 366, The Mississippi Broadband Enabling Act. The legislation was signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant today. “Expanding access to broadband is an important quality of life issue for Mississippians who live in rural areas,” said AARP Mississippi State Director Kimberly L. Campbell, Esq. “High-speed internet access can provide opportunities for Mississippians to use telehealth, distance learning and other technologies. It also could help combat social isolation …

— AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athletes 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 Taylor Arnold, a senior at Starkville Academy. Here’s what Coach Chase Nicholson said: “Taylor Arnold is an exceptional student.” Coach Nicholson also teaches Taylor in Advanced Placement Government. Taylor is one of four captains. He also plays running back, quarter back, wide …

—   AARP Mississippi is happy to announce our Scholar Athletes 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! That’s why we’re bringing you two exceptional Scholar Athletes every week. Meet Dillon Usry, who was nominated by Donna Lay. Here’s what she said about Dillon: “Please consider my nomination for Scholar Athlete of the Week. He is 16-year-old Dillon Usry …

— While the April 17 tax deadline is swiftly approaching, it’s not too late to get free tax assistance and preparation from AARP Taxi-Aide Foundation. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, celebrating its 50th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service. Since its inception, the program has served more than 50 million taxpayers. Last year, 139 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 17,169 people file their federal and state tax returns in Mississippi. The program is offered at approximately …

— AARP Mississippi is observing Operation Stop Scams with a series of events throughout the state from April 16 – May 21. Operation Stop Scams aims to help Mississippians in the fight against fraud. According to the latest reports on identity fraud, more than $20 billion was stolen from about 13 million victims in 2012. One common method that criminals use to gain private information is sorting through trash. Americans can reduce their risk of identity fraud by destroying all documents …

— Are you eager to help your community? Do you want to meet new people? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should consider volunteering with AARP Mississippi. Being a volunteer is a fulfilling experience that allows you to give back to your community in a meaningful way. All that is required is a genuine interest in helping the community by donating your time and skills, said Associate State Director for Community Outreach Ivory Craig. Once you have …

— Gwendolyn Spencer Prater, Ph.D. of Madison has been appointed as the new State President of AARP Mississippi. State President is AARP’s highest volunteer position in Mississippi, representing 285,000 AARP members in the state. In partnership with the State Director, volunteers and staff, the State President helps the organization achieve its vision, mission and strategic priorities. Prater previously served as a member of the AARP Mississippi Executive Council where she helped shape AARP’s strategic direction in the state. She is Dean …