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 …

AARP-Sponsored Conference puts Spotlight on Mental Health Issues affecting Older Montanans

Posted on 09/4/2014 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP-Sponsored Conference puts Spotlight on Mental Health Issues affecting Older Montanans Conference to Explore “Pieces of the Puzzle”  AARP Montana is teaming up with Pathways Treatment Center, affiliated with Kalispell Regional Medical Center (KRMC), the Geriatric Care and Mental Health Advisory Council, Northwest Montana United Way, Area IX Agency on Aging and the Northwest Healthcare Foundation to sponsor the fifth annual Western Montana Geriatric Care and Mental Health Reception and Conference Oct. 21-22. Attendance is free and individuals may attend either …

Missoula Stand Down to Help Veterans and Their Families

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Montana will reach out to military veterans and their families June 27-28 at the Missoula Veterans Stand Down. The event will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days at the Missoula Armory. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in cooperation with other agencies and nonprofit organizations, Stand Down provides services for veterans in need, such as food, shelter, health screenings and information about community resources. Attendees can visit the AARP Montana booth for tips on …

Influenza cases increasing throughout Montana — Public health officials encourage influenza vaccine

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing Influenza activity is widespread in Montana with half of the counties reporting confirmed cases, state public health officials said today. Influenza-related hospitalizations across the state have also increased. As of January 4, 2014 there have been 101 hospitalizations reported this season, with over half in the last two weeks. Further, one death from complications of influenza was reported last week in a Hill County resident. DPHHS influenza surveillance for the 2013-14 season officially began on October 1, 2013. “It is …

Older Montanans at Risk in Extremely Cold Weather

Posted on 12/5/2013 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Health & Wellbeing AARP Montana is advising Family Members, Caregivers and Friends to Keep a Close Eye on Older Adults during Frigid Temperatures Almost everyone knows about winter dangers — such as broken bones from falls on icy steps, sidewalks or streets.  But cold weather also can cause a potentially deadly, and less obvious danger that can affect older people — hypothermia.  Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when a person’s body temperature drops below normal for a period of …