—                         With an agenda featuring a discussion on changes to Medicare and helpful tips on how to avoid identity theft,  it was no surprise nearly 3,400 Wyoming AARP members joined an AARP Wyoming’s TeleTown Hall Oct. 16. The event was moderated by Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck. “It was a very successful event,” says AARP Wyoming State Director Sam Shumway. “Our experts did a great job sharing their knowledge …

—                       Anne Gardetto has reminded Wyoming of its responsibility to all its citizens during her career, especially in an underserved community. Now she is doing the same in retirement. AARP Wyoming honored her for her efforts with the Eddie Wadda Community Service Award during the organization’s State Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner Tuesday night in Casper. The award is named after Eddie Wadda, an AARP volunteer and Eastern Shoshone Tribal Liaison …

— If there is an AARP-sponsored event or effort in Park County, there is a strong chance Cody resident Jackie Martin is behind the effort. Tuesday night in Casper, Martin was recognized for her work with AARP Wyoming as the organization presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award during its Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner. The first time Jackie Martin contacted AARP Wyoming, it was to request educational materials to share at the campground in Cody that she was managing with her …

— Jackson’s Becky Zaist was awarded the Eddie Wadda Community Service Award by AARP Wyoming at the organization’s Volunteer Recognition Dinner in Casper, Tuesday. Through her work in Jackson’s AARP Community Group, seniors feel as though they have a voice with the City Council, County Commissioners, and other governmental entities. That feeling is reflected in the work Becky and the Jackson chapter have done in offering ideas for handicapped parking, age-friendly benches, and grandparent/grandchildren park locations. Zaist and her community group …

— Ethel Percy Andrus, the founder of AARP, was a teacher, and an educational administrator. For that reason, the mission of keeping educators health, both financial and physical, in retirement is one close to the hearts of those at AARP. This year, we honor Barb Garrison as the Retired Educator of the Year for 2017. The Casper resident was instrumental in organizing the Natrona County Retired Education Personnel, using her contacts with retired teachers, principals and other school personnel to develop …

— Cheyenne’s Julie Tucker was first bit by the advocacy bug when she was elected vice president of her unit in Laramie County School District 1. Her time in that role lasted just six months until a resignation led her to take over the presidency of the unit. A member of the Wyoming Education Association Board of Directors, she has spent 25 years advocating for educators. This year Tucker became a strong member of the AARP advocacy team as she updated the …

— Wyoming AARP State Director Sam Shumway will participate in a panel discussion called, “Healthcare in Wyoming:  What is Next for Us,” on Sept. 14 from 6-8 p.m. at the Laramie County Library in Cheyenne.  The event is sponsored by the Wyoming Chapter of the League of Women Voters. Shumway will be joined by Eric Boley of the Wyoming Hospital Association,  Wendy Curran of Wyoming Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Jan Cartwright of the Wyoming Primary Care Association, as they discuss the …

— Sometimes legislation in Congress has unintended consequences.  This is one of those times. The proposed Senate health care bill would increase costs and risks for individuals in Wyoming including: seniors, children and adults with disabilities, people with pre-existing conditions, and those ages 50-64. But, let’s start with Wyoming’s taxpayers. As it stands, the proposed bill would drastically cut federal funding for Medicaid which supports health programs for vulnerable Americans, in Wyoming. Such a huge loss of funds, in total $772 …

Governor signing UPOAA

— An elder and vulnerable adults taskforce that included AARP Wyoming staff among its membership has finalized its work and has taken steps to advocate for changes that directly impact the state’s vulnerable and aging population. During the 2017 Legislative session, the taskforce recommended measures that would increase protections against exploitation and abuse. Specifically, passage of the Wyoming Uniform Power of Attorney Act, and increasing the duration of protective orders so that appropriate protective measures may be implemented. In addition to …