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Budget session had ups and downs

Posted on 07/20/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

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

Posted on 03/4/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

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

Posted on 01/19/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

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 …

AARP Wyoming will focus on caregiving in 2016

Posted on 01/15/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

By Tim Summers, Wyoming State Director In Wyoming, more than 66,000 family caregivers help their loved ones live at home- as opposed to living in costly long-term care facilities, which are often paid for by the State of Wyoming through Medicaid. The unpaid assistance these individuals provide includes help with activities like bathing, dressing, feeding, medication management, wound care, transportation, and much more. Caregivers often provide all this care with little or no support or training. In Wyoming, family caregivers …

Gonzales receives Andrus, Wyoming volunteers recognized

Posted on 01/11/2016 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

Cathy Gonzales of Cheyenne has been selected by AARP to receive the 2015 AARP Wyoming Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award. Named for AARP founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service and that inspire others to volunteer. AARP Wyoming selected Gonzales for her remarkable service which has greatly …

AARP makes donation to say “Thank You” to Veterans

Posted on 11/12/2015 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

To honor Veteran’s Day and to show our appreciation to our veterans and to our military men and women who have done so much to serve and protect, the Wyoming AARP State Office announced today it is contributing $5,000 to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing-Platte Rivers in Wyoming. “There is no greater sacrifice,” Said AARP Wyoming State Director Tim Summers. “At AARP, we never take for granted the freedom and rights that are protected each day by our military men and …

Wyoming Caregiver Guide Released

Posted on 10/22/2015 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

We have released the Wyoming Caregivers Guide. It is a guide to the various resources available to caregivers and individuals who are aging in place across Wyoming. Developed through a collaboration of  AARP Wyoming  the Wyoming Division of Aging, the Wyoming Guardianship Corporation and the University of Wyoming: Center on Aging.

Join us in Casper to help prevent fire and falls

Posted on 09/22/2015 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

The Natrona County Senior Fire and Fall Prevention event will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, from 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Casper, Wyo. Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries. AARP Wyoming is working with Casper Fire-EMS, Casper College, Reveille Rotary Club, Natrona Senior Health Network, and the Casper/Natrona County Health Department to focus on preventing falls and fires in seniors’ homes. Along with volunteers from the community, we will install safety …

Share your Wyoming “Portrait of Care”

Posted on 09/16/2015 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

“She gave us life, helped raised our children and now I am only doing for her what she would do for any family member that needed help.” Iris gave up her career at age 59 to take care of her mother, Maximina, who suffers from multiple ailments – any of which could mean life in a nursing home. But Iris is determined to keep her mother at home, where she wants to be, and out of costly institutional care. Iris …

AARP Wyoming hosts ShredFest and Fraud Watch presentations

Posted on 05/12/2015 by <a href="" title="Posts by " rel="author"></a> | AARP Wyoming |

AARP Wyoming is sponsoring a free shredding event in Casper, WY, on June 25 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., to help residents safely dispose of documents with personally identifiable information. Residents can drop off up to two boxes of papers to be shredded at the Natrona County Public Library, 307 E. 2nd St., in Casper for free. In addition, AARP staff will give two Fraud Watch Network presentations at the library to help people learn about scams and frauds and tips …