Music could be the best-kept secret for family caregivers and the people they love! Research shows tangible benefits of music for the health, quality of life and stress level for both the caregiver and the person for whom they care. Join SingFit Co-Founder Andy Tubman, a music therapist who is an expert on music and the brain, for a free interactive webinar presented by AARP titled, “Turn Up the Volume and Turn Down the Stress: How Music Can Help Family Caregivers.” …

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A recent AARP survey shows that more than half of Wyoming’s registered voters 45 and older are providing or have provided care for an adult who is ill, frail or elderly or has a disability. These unpaid family caregivers help their loved ones with transportation, shopping, meals, bathing, dressing and even medical tasks, such as managing medications. Nearly two-thirds of respondents said they expected to provide the same type of care in the future. The survey also revealed the value …

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This week, Wyoming became the 21st state in the nation to pass the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act. Passed unanimously by the Wyoming Legislature at the beginning of the week and signed into law by Governor Mead, House Enrolled Act 27 – The Designated Caregiver Act is a common sense solution to help those caring for their older mothers, fathers, husbands, wives and other loved ones so they can live independently. The law ensures family caregivers have key support …

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State residents who want to learn about one of Wyoming’s most pressing issues can attend a caregivers conference in Casper April 15-16. The first day will feature sessions for caregiving professionals, while the second day will focus on family caregivers’ concerns. In Wyoming, family caregivers provide about 62 million hours of unpaid services annually, worth about $817 million, to help a parent, spouse or other adult continue to live at home, AARP research shows. The event is cosponsored by AARP, …

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By Ty Stockton – Guest columnist for AARP Wyoming The average school-age child in the United States spends an average of seven hours a day in front of a screen – that includes television, video games, computers, or the ubiquitous smartphone. That statistic, says Walt Gasson, is alarming. “I don’t think that’s how human beings become well-adjusted, functional people,” says the Trout Unlimited director of endorsed businesses, who has also worked as the executive director of the Wyoming Wildlife Foundation …

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By Tim Summers, Wyoming State Director In Wyoming, more than 66,000 family caregivers help their loved ones live at home- as opposed to living in costly long-term care facilities, which are often paid for by the State of Wyoming through Medicaid. The unpaid assistance these individuals provide includes help with activities like bathing, dressing, feeding, medication management, wound care, transportation, and much more. Caregivers often provide all this care with little or no support or training. In Wyoming, family caregivers …

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Cathy Gonzales of Cheyenne has been selected by AARP to receive the 2015 AARP Wyoming Andrus Award for Community Service — the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award. Named for AARP founder, Ethel Percy Andrus, the award recognizes outstanding individuals who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that advance AARP’s mission, vision, and commitment to volunteer service and that inspire others to volunteer. AARP Wyoming selected Gonzales for her remarkable service which has greatly …

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AARP is encouraging lawmakers in Wyoming to pass legislation in 2016 that could better prepare family caregivers when a loved one comes home from a hospital stay. The bill would encourage hospitals to let every patient designate a caregiver, to notify the caregiver about discharge plans and to prepare the caregiver to handle the patient’s followup care, such as managing medications or dressing wounds. Supporters say the measure could reduce costly hospital readmissions. Family caregivers in Wyoming provide about $817 …

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To honor Veteran’s Day and to show our appreciation to our veterans and to our military men and women who have done so much to serve and protect, the Wyoming AARP State Office announced today it is contributing $5,000 to Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing-Platte Rivers in Wyoming. “There is no greater sacrifice,” Said AARP Wyoming State Director Tim Summers. “At AARP, we never take for granted the freedom and rights that are protected each day by our military men and …

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AARP Wyoming is encouraging members to be sure they are up to date on their vaccines and immunizations. Only 4 in 10 Wyoming adults got a flu shot during the fall and winter of 2013-14. Nationwide, nearly 4,000 people died of influenza that year. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is running a preventive health campaign in November. For Medicare beneficiaries, that means scheduling an annual wellness exam and completing a preventive services checklist. The list includes shots …