AARP Wyoming is looking for our next volunteer leader

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AARP Wyoming is looking for a volunteer leader to serve as our new State President. The President works in collaboration with the State Director to achieve the Association’s vision, mission and strategic priorities in the state. He/She also serves as Chair of the AARP Wyoming Executive Council. The Executive Council – in partnership with the State Director and staff – develops the framework for the state’s strategic plan and implements activities in the areas of financial security; health and long-term …

Wyoming welcomes new State Director

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AARP is pleased to announce that Sam Shumway has been selected as the new state director for the AARP Wyoming office. Shumway comes to AARP with a broad range of skills and expertise, including organizational leadership, strategic planning, advocacy, and community outreach. As an attorney, he clerked for the Wyoming Supreme Court, worked with two prominent Wyoming law firms, and represented Wyoming’s five elected officials as a Senior Assistant Attorney General. Most recently, he worked for the New Mexico Public …

Wyoming Senator receives ‘Champion of the 50+’ Award

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AARP has announced U.S. Senator Mike Enzi as a recipient of the 2016 “Champion of the 50+” legislative leadership award for his significant achievements during the 114th Congress that benefit the lives of the 50+ and our families. Enzi received his award for preserving seniors’ access to healthcare with his sponsorship and support in the passage of the Notice of Observation, Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility (NOTICE) Act. The law requires hospitals to provide meaningful written and oral explanation …

AARP Wyoming welcomes new state president

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Marty Martin, a long-time community and state public servant in Wyoming, has been selected as the new president of AARP Wyoming. “We are excited to have Marty join our team. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that can grow and support our work in Wyoming,” AARP Wyoming State Director Tim Summers said. “He has passion and commitment to excellence that will help us serve Wyoming well over his tenure.” As President, Martin will serve as the head of …

Hit the road, explore our National Parks

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Don’t spend your family vacation hermetically sealed in some fancy mega-hotel somewhere. Instead, stretch your legs – and your horizons – with a road trip encompassing several of our national parks. You can plan out your own route to one or more of the parks, or you can visit the National Park Service’s website for pre-planned itineraries. Either way, this is a great year to see as many parks as you can, because this year marks the 100th anniversary of …

IRS Scams continue to plague many across country

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As federal regulators report a surge in tax-related fraud schemes, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a campaign to help protect consumers from the “IRS imposter scam.” Criminals impersonating agents of the Internal Revenue Service represent an escalating threat to taxpayers, according to the IRS. These con artists telephone people and tell them that they are in serious trouble for non-payment of back taxes. The targets are aggressively threatened with police arrest, court action, confiscation of property, or even …

Have you wandered in Wyoming lately?

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Wyoming is full of unique and special attractions or monuments. Many of those stops will not be seen by a majority of the people visiting Wyoming. But that doesn’t mean those of us in Wyoming can’t take a weekend getaway or even a side road to see some of these while we are out and about. At AARP Wyoming, we believe our communities and their special attractions are one of the aspects that makes Wyoming great. That is why we …

Budget session had ups and downs

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With the conclusion of the 2016 Wyoming Legislative budget session, the AARP Wyoming government relations team closed out a good and effective budget session, but it was also a frustrating budget session. First the good news. As mentioned in the cover story, House Bill 76 – “Designated Caregiver” was passed by the legislature unanimously and signed by Governor Mead. The Act has three main components. A caregiver must be identified on hospital patient records; the hospital must make a reasonable …

Wyoming Legislature unanimously supports Care Act

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This week, Wyoming became the 21st state in the nation to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Passed unanimously by the Wyoming Legislature at the beginning of the week and signed into law by Governor Mead, House Enrolled Act 27 – The Designated Caregiver Act is a common sense solution to help those caring for their older mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and other loved ones so they can live independently. The law ensures family caregivers have key support …

For the love of the outdoors

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By Ty Stockton – Guest columnist for AARP Wyoming The average school-age child in the United States spends an average of seven hours a day in front of a screen – that includes television, video games, computers, or the ubiquitous smartphone. That statistic, says Walt Gasson, is alarming. “I don’t think that’s how human beings become well-adjusted, functional people,” says the Trout Unlimited director of endorsed businesses, who has also worked as the executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation …