Join the conversation: tell us how you juggle life, work and family caregiving

Posted on 01/15/2015 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Every day, more than 42 million family caregivers in America make it possible for a parent, spouse or other loved one to live independently. Many of those caregivers juggle responsibilities, including working and caring for their own family. In fact, 42% of U.S. workers have been caregivers for aging loved ones in the last five years. What’s more, research shows juggling responsibilities can be highly stressful, putting caregivers at risk for depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disease, among other physiological consequences, …

Advocates Aim to Expand Coverage for the Uninsured

Posted on 01/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing The state’s biennial legislative session kicks off Jan. 5, and AARP Montana is urging lawmakers to expand Medicaid to cover about 15,500 low-income people ages 50 to 64 who are uninsured. AARP also supports legislation to fight fraud, assist family caregivers, fund Meals on Wheels and help people continue to live at home as they age. “We are asking AARP members to contact their legislators early and often,” said Joy Bruck, AARP state president. “Volunteers’ contacts with lawmakers are key …

Have Questions about Insurance? Ask the Commissioner

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance Monica J. Lindeen (D) will discuss fraud, fairness and other insurance issues during a tele-town hall with AARP members on Dec. 15 at 6:30 p.m. “Whether protecting folks from the latest scams, strengthening financial security or providing information about the Affordable Care Act, we have often teamed up with Commissioner Lindeen to provide accurate information,” said Joy Bruck, AARP state president. Lindeen was recently elected president of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Members …

Exploding The Myths Of Adult Whooping Cough

Posted on 11/26/2014 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Exploding The Myths Of Adult Whooping Cough (And why YOU need a vaccination) By Guest Blogger Sandy Jankowski, AARP Volunteer   Having come down with a case of whooping cough as a 72 year old adult, I’ve encountered a series of misunderstandings that need to be addressed by the medical community and patients alike, and am turning to AARP to get the word out. Myth #1:  Whooping cough is a disease of childhood I had been told over the years that, …

Covering the Uninsured and Helping People Age in Place

Posted on 11/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In the biennial legislative session that begins Jan. 5, AARP Montana will urge lawmakers to expand Medicaid to cover the uninsured and to increase services that help people continue to live at home as they age. Throughout the 90-day session, AARP will notify interested members about issues important to Montanans age 50-plus and encourage them to participate in the legislative process by sending emails to lawmakers to support certain bills. “An overwhelming response from AARP members can deliver a loud, …

Don’t Let Halloween Turn Into A Nightmare

Posted on 10/17/2014 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Usually a treat for children, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year, AARP offers tips to stay safe This question came from Carole who visited our booth at the MEA-MFT convention in Missoula: Q: I remember in past years that you had a Halloween Safety Sheet that could be printed and used as a handout or poster.  Do you still have those available? Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for children, but …