— Montana’s 2017 State Legislative Session is off to a rough start for seniors.  Legislative leaders cut $52 million to the Senior and Long-Term Care budget. Fortunately, the session runs until late April and there is still time – but only if you act now! Montana is one of the fastest aging states in the nation with a growing need for senior services.  This is not the time to make such draconian cuts to the very services that help keep people …

— New report gives tips and recommendations on sleep to help maintain and improve brain health. Washington, DC — If you want to maintain your brain health as you age, then get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per day, according to a new consensus report issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The expert recommendations include a wealth of information and practical tips for all adults age 50-plus to improve and maintain healthy sleep habits. …

— Association to fight for issues critical to aging Montanans; Members urged to ask their legislators to support 2017 agenda. Montana’s 2017 legislative session kicked-off on January 2 and with a slew of new legislators at the capitol, AARP Montana, the state’s largest membership association, representing the most active voting demographic, has crucial issues it wants lawmakers to act on.  AARP Montana recently released its 2017 legislative agenda that zeroes in on the key concerns of the state’s 50+ population and …

— By Tim Summers Family caregivers are an invaluable part of our state. Over 118,000 family caregivers provide about $1.4 billion in unpaid care.  Their commitment allows loved ones to stay at home, with their families in their own communities as they age. As the state director for AARP here in Montana I believe that we owe a huge debt of gratitude to this silent army of family caregivers who quietly go about taking care of their loved ones.  That is …

— Every family caregiver has a story to tell, and AARP Montana wants to hear them. These personal stories can strengthen testimony as AARP pursues legislative support for caregivers. “We are fighting for common-sense solutions to support these unsung heroes,” said Tim Summers, AARP state director. “Personal stories are powerful and can influence lawmakers and other decision-makers.” AARP advocates will urge lawmakers to pass the Montana Caregiver Act during the legislative session that begins in January. The proposed bill would provide …

— Personal stories are a powerful way to influence lawmakers and decision-makers on important issues.   Glenn cares for his wife, Karen, who was diagnosed with MS in 2012. Glenn takes care of Karen so she can remain in their family home in Kalispell. While difficult at times, Glenn wouldn’t have it any other way.   Glenn is not alone. He is just one of 118,000 family caregivers across Montana who work tirelessly caring for spouses, parents and grandparents, friends, or …

— Microsoft Survey Finds Two-Thirds of Consumers Have Encountered the Scam   WASHINGTON, D.C. – With U.S. consumers falling victim to the “technical support scam” in greater numbers than ever before, the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched an initiative to raise awareness of the scam and educate consumers about how they can protect themselves. A survey released last month by Microsoft found that over the past year two-thirds of consumers have experienced the tech support scam, in which fraudsters pose …

— Looking Forward to the Holidays? …so are the Scammers. With the holidays approaching quickly, the traditional season for giving has become a peak time for taking among con-artists targeting Montana consumers.  While most of us focus on family and friends during the holidays, scammers are zeroing in on your wallets and bank accounts. At AARP Montana, we’re encouraging consumers to be on the lookout for some emerging and popular scams, and to also share the information with their families and …

— Karen Richardson selected as recipient of 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service AARP Montana announced that Karen Richardson of Somers was selected to receive the 2016 Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious volunteer award.  Each year AARP honors the legacy of AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service. This award is a symbol of the power of individuals to make a difference in the lives of others. The award was …

— 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 Helena:   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 …