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— 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 …

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— 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 …

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— 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 …

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— 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 …

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— 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 …

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— 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 …

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— 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 …

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— Weigh in via an on-line survey In its efforts to determine the top priorities of the next legislative session, AARP Montana is turning to the experts – AARP members throughout the state. As part of an all-encompassing evaluation of the opinions, concerns and priorities of the 50-plus in the state, AARP Montana has launched a nonscientific survey to capture member input on a number of issues.  The results of that survey will set the legislative agenda for the 2017 legislative …

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— In a state whose legislature convenes for only 90 days every other year, AARP Montana plans to hit the ground running when the next session begins Jan. 2. The AARP state office will be pressing for legislation that affects more than 400,000 Montanans age 50-plus—including bills to support family caregivers, strengthen consumer protections and safeguard services that help Montanans continue to live at home as they age. The AARP state office is asking members to voice their concerns about these …

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— Are you an energetic and creative social media whiz looking for an internship? We’re looking for you! AARP Montana is seeking a social media/communications intern for the fall/winter/spring 2016/2017.  This is a paid opportunity. This position will be responsible for maintaining and growing the social media accounts for both the AARP Idaho and AARP Montana state offices. Position could either be in Helena or Boise. We are a leading non-profit, non-partisan membership organization focused on helping people 50+ live their …