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— Josh Askvig of Bismarck has been named state director for AARP in North Dakota. He has been associate state director for advocacy since Sept. 2011. “I am excited to build on the strong foundation left by our state office founder Janis Cheney, and to continue to build ‘Real Possibilities’ for people 50-plus here in North Dakota,” Askvig said about his new role. In the short term, Askvig says it will be important to get the state office fully staffed and …

2015 volunteer conf

— We’re going to knock it out of the park at the AARP North Dakota 2016 State Volunteer Conference Oct. 5-6 at the Radisson Inn in Bismarck. The conference provides an opportunity for AARP volunteers from across the state to connect, engage and be empowered to act on issues affecting them, their families and communities. Whether you’re a current AARP volunteer or you aspire to become one, this conference is designed especially for you. A top-notch lineup of speakers will lead …

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— AARP North Dakota invites members to join our monthly legislative updates at 1:30 p.m. CT the third Wednesday of every month. You can join and follow along on your computer or mobile device, or you can just dial in by phone. July’s legislative update is being held at 1:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday, August 17. Join fellow advocates and other members monthly to hear the status of interim committee studies important to our members and their families. Below is the link …

Larry

— Larry is a North Dakota caregiver who takes care of his wife with multiple sclerosis, every day, 24 hours a day. He does the cooking, bathing, and other necessary tasks that allow Larry and his wife to stay at home rather than move away from their homestead.  It’s a tough job, but for Larry and the other 62,100 North Dakota caregivers, it’s a labor of love. That is why AARP is fighting for caregivers like Larry. Now North Dakota has …

July 2016 AARP North Dakota News.pub

— Check out the July AARP North Dakota News. Stories include: Volunteer to bird-dog North Dakota gubernatorial candidates. Fraud and scam presentations available in your community. Cooling assistance available for low-income elderly. Bismarck Senior Center Senior Learning Network. Our longest-serving volunteer retires. Upcoming events across the state. A message from State President Mike Tomasko. Upcoming driver safety classes around the state. If you’d like to receive the newsletter by mail every month, email your USPS address to lhalvorson@aarp.org. July 2016 AARP …

Grand Forks caregiving volunteers

— More than 15 AARP volunteers attended the May meeting of the legislature’s Interim Human Services Committee to show their support for North Dakota family caregivers. At the May 10 meeting, Dr. Jane Strommen and her team of Dr. Gregory Sanders and Dr. Heather Fuller from NDSU Extension presented their final report and recommendations on how to better support North Dakota’s 62,100 unpaid family caregivers. Here are highlights from the research: Roughly 50 percent of our state’s caregivers performing medical or …

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— Cars have changed. So have traffic rules, driving conditions, and the roads you travel every day. Some drivers age 50+ have never looked back since they got their first driver’s license, but even the most experienced drivers can benefit from brushing up on their driving skills. By taking a driver safety course you’ll learn the current rules of the road, defensive driving techniques, and how to operate your vehicle more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. You’ll learn how …

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— AARP North Dakota State Director Janis Cheney has announced her retirement after 15 years in the position. “My work with AARP has been a great capstone to a rewarding career,” Cheney said. She became state director in November 2000 when a staffed state office was established in North Dakota. She is retiring this spring with plans to create her own ‘Life Reimagined’ opportunities, including more time with family, exploring national parks, catching up on her reading, practicing yoga, and writing. …

— Are you a passionate, strategic thinker with outstanding leadership qualities? Do you have the ability to motivate and inspire others? Do you have a passion for issues that impact the more than 228,000 North Dakota residents age 50-plus? AARP North Dakota is conducting a statewide search for Executive Council members. These are high-level volunteer positions that allow you to use your skills and experience to make a difference in the lives of people 50-plus in North Dakota. Executive Council members …

Work Life Balance Caregiving

— When it comes to balancing family life, working, and full-time caregiving, it can be overwhelming. Does this sound like this you? Nearly seven out of 10 caregivers report having to make work accommodations because of their caregiving. These adjustments include arriving late/leaving early or taking time off, cutting back on work hours, changing jobs, or stopping work entirely. Roughly 20 percent of the American workforce reported serving as an unpaid caregiver. This number is expected to grow as individuals work …