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Hearing Loss and Anxiety: Why It Happens and How to Cope

Discover the connection between hearing loss and anxiety and learn practical strategies for coping and supporting loved ones through their journey.

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Many don’t know that hearing loss is at least three times as common in people with autism. Difficulty hearing (no matter how mild or severe) can cause anxiety, making communication and social interactions challenging. Given that folks with autism may be prone to experiencing anxiety in general, navigating hearing loss can be an important part of their journey.

Visit the National Council on Aging for:

  • Effective communication strategies for those with hearing loss and their loved ones

  • Practical tips for caregivers to better help loved ones navigating hearing loss and anxiety

  • How hearing loss and anxiety interconnect (and why they often ‘feed into’ each other)

Plus, they provide actionable ideas from a licensed therapist that readers can use to ensure they or their loved ones can successfully cope with anxiety.

Family Caregivers: Information on the Family and Medical Leave Act

When you need to take time off from work to care for a family member, the Family and Medical Leave Act is here to help. 

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees are entitled to unpaid, job-protected leave to provide care for a family member, including:

  • Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition or for any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or

  • Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

This webpage provides resources to help family caregivers understand and exercise their rights to job-protected leave under the FMLA.

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability caused by differences in the brain. Some people with ASD have a known difference, such as a genetic condition. Other causes are not yet known. Scientists believe there are multiple causes of ASD that act together to change the most common ways people develop. We still have much to learn about these causes and how they impact people with ASD.

~Center for Disease Control


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Like many states, Mississippi expects a 14% increase in individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia from 2020 to 2025. More than 65,000 seniors will be living with the disease by 2025. According to the Alzheimer's Association, Mississippi has the second-highest death rate for Alzheimer’s in the United States, and in 2019, there were close to 1,700 Alzheimer’s-related deaths. This represents a 275% increase since 2000.

Memory care facilities provide those living with Alzheimer's and dementia with care that is tailored to their unique needs. Memory care can take place in its own facility, or as part of a designated wing of another residential care community. Staff members of memory care units or facilities undergo specialized training in caring for those with memory impairment, and the facilities often coordinate social activities and schedules specifically for the needs of those living with Alzheimer's or dementia.

This guide will cover the cost of memory care in Mississippi, financial assistance options for paying for memory care, free memory care resources in the state and a directory of memory care facilities in Mississippi.

How IDD services work in Mississippi


Up to 40% of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) experience co-occurring mental illness.

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