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, the Geriatric Care and Mental Health Advisory Council and the Northwest Healthcare Foundation to sponsor the fourth annual Western Montana Geriatric Care and Mental Health Conference Oct. 22.     “Older adults and their advocates are much more aware of the disabling and tragic consequences of mental illness …

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 …

New Year, New Goals, Life Reimagined

Posted on 12/22/2013 by | AARP MT Region | Comments

Health & Wellbeing I know that for so many of us this time of the year is synonymous with business-as-not-usual. For a variety of reasons, whether it be the holidays, or the family time, or the craziness of shopping and gift giving, this “most wonderful time of year” is different from any other. For many people it is a time to take in the big picture of life, see where we’ve come, and figure out where we’re going. Or better yet, where we …

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 …

The Eye Of The Tiger

Posted on 10/27/2013 by | AARP MT Region | Comments

Health & Wellbeing In my very first blog post a few months ago I cited my favorite Kierkegaard-ism about life only being understood looking backwards, but having to be lived forwards. I’ve been giving this some thought during the last week as I really try to imagine something different. No, no time machines under construction here, and I really don’t want to turn the paradigm around by living life backwards. But gosh darn it, I AM talking about the ubiquitous quandary of how we understand life …