For the love of the outdoors

Posted on 01/19/2016 by | AARP Wyoming | Comments

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 …

AARP Wyoming will focus on caregiving in 2016

Posted on 01/15/2016 by | AARP Wyoming | Comments

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 …

Gonzales receives Andrus, Wyoming volunteers recognized

Posted on 01/11/2016 by | AARP Wyoming | Comments

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 …

Giving Family Caregivers the Know-How They Need

Posted on 01/1/2016 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

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 …

AARP makes donation to say “Thank You” to Veterans

Posted on 11/12/2015 by | AARP Wyoming | Comments

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 …

Have You Had Your Shots?

Posted on 11/1/2015 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

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 …