Advocates Aim to Expand Coverage for the Uninsured

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

Home & Family 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 …

Exploding The Myths Of Adult Whooping Cough

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

Home & Family 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, …

Missoula Stand Down to Help Veterans and Their Families

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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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

Home & Family 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 …

SCAM ALERT! Beware of ID Theft Phone Scam Targeting Older Montanans

Posted on 10/2/2013 by | AARP Montana | Comments

Home & Family This phone scam is back and is actively circulating in the state.   Criminal justice agencies in Montana have received several reports this week involving unsolicited phone calls from the number (248)742-3843.   Scammers are calling elderly Montanans — both those on Medicare and people with a medical card — asking them to update their card.  Scammers are trying to gain information with one of two methods:   1) One method is for the scammer to say they already have …