— Justin Smith Discusses Volunteer Effort for Seniors Fires and … A group of goodniks will change light bulbs, smoke detectors, smoke detector batteries, and carbon monoxide sensors for Natrona County seniors, November 4 in Casper. The Natrona Fall and Fire Prevention Coalition has been doing this work since 2014 and since that time has replaced smoke alarms in 143 homes around Natrona County. To learn more, check out: http://spr.ly/61818hrF3 Posted by AARP Wyoming on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 A group …

—                         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 …

— Join us for two live webcasts and get answers to your questions. Do you have questions about the Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment? Get your answers live! Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or re-enrolling, the two-part Q&A series from AARP Learn@50+ provides answers about the 2018 enrollment process. In part one, AARP’s experts will review the Open Enrollment period (Nov. 1 to Dec. 15) and answer your questions about the process. In part two, the AARP team will lead a …

— Join us for two live Medicare webcasts and get answers to your questions Do you have questions about Medicare coverage and plan options? Whether you’re enrolling for the first time or entering open enrollment, the two-part Medicare Q&A series from Learn@50+ can get you answers about your 2017 plan options. In part one, AARP’s Medicare expert Susan Lutz will review the different parts of Medicare and answer your questions about enrollment periods for new Medicare recipients and open enrollment rules for …

— 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 …

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— Are you ready to Downsize, not sure where to start?  Do you get overwhelmed or not sure what to get rid of?  Join us for a free lunch presentation on June 6 by  Sarah McKinney, a professional organizer who helps with downsizing.  She started her business back in August 2016 and has a degree in Interior Design.  You will leave with tips on how to prioritize, organize, and make decisions to minimize the process of downsizing.  Sarah’s family is in …

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— 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 …

— Proposed ‘Voucher’ Plan Threatens Benefits of Wyoming Residents AARP today launched a comprehensive campaign to protect Medicare in the face of proposals by some in Congress that would hurt hardworking Wyomingites who have paid into the program their entire working lives. Congressional proposals to change Medicare into a voucher system would dramatically increase health care costs and risks for both current and future retirees.  Over the next few weeks, AARP staff and volunteers will meet with members of Congress to …