—   AARP Wyoming announced two winners for the AARP Community Challenge, aiming to create change and improve quality of life at the community-level. The winning projects include projects in Casper as well as Jackson. Both grants will be used to fund age-friendly bus stops in their respective communities. Each project was funded through the AARP Community Challenge grant and is set to be completed by November 1, 2017. “These awards show the continued commitment of AARP to maintain a high …

— Under a revision of the Wyoming Telecommunications Act, state residents will continue to have the right to affordable, reliable landline service, no matter where they live. That right may be particularly important in Wyoming’s vast rural areas where cellular service is spotty. Many Wyomingites rely on landline service as their only means of communication. AARP Wyoming worked with legislators and industry representatives for two years to pass the revised law, which took effect July 1, when the previous act expired. …

AARP Wyoming community support

— AARP joined with members of the Cheyenne unit of the Wyoming Retired Educator Personnel (WREP) last week to give back to the community. Through a donation from both organizations, the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens purchased a new giraffe topiary for the Cheyenne Children’s Village. In addition, the botanic gardens hosted two educational classes for young children and their parents or grandparents to learn more about topiary art, wire art and other art topics. “The children’s village and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens …

Hiking with llama

— AARP and the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) have specifically designed this wilderness expedition for intrepid AARP members and qualifying family members who are interested in exploring their “Real Possibilities.” If you are seeking opportunities to learn new leadership skills, exercise creative solutions in a unique context and travel in a beautiful wilderness mountain range, then read on… The Wind River Range is the site for this expedition. This rugged, glacier-carved range is renowned for its sheer granite walls and famous …

— This year, AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 48th year, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention the older population. You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this service. “Compiling taxes can be frustrating and intimidating, even if you can afford an accountant,” Tim …

— AARP Wyoming will pay tribute to the state’s 106,000 family caregivers at a luncheon on April 29, which is Caregiver Appreciation Day at the Wyoming Conference on Aging. Luncheon speakers will discuss how to work with state, county and​​  local governments to build a caregiver-friendly community. In addition, Kathy Greenlee, assistant secretary for aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will participate in a panel discussion on caregiving on April 28. The conference will be at the …

— AARP members living in or traveling to the Cowboy State this summer can buy discount tickets to the world’s largest outdoor rodeo. Cheyenne Frontier Days, known as “the Daddy of ’em All,” offers AARP members a $3 discount off rodeo tickets July 21-25. The event draws more than 250,000 people to the area. AARP volunteers will be at the Indian Village each day from 10 to 11 a.m. to provide information on issues from caregiving to fraud. Visitors can watch …

Driver Safety Volunteer

— If you are passionate about safety, enjoy helping others and strive to make your community a better place, then AARP Driver Safety would like to meet you. AARP Driver Safety, the nation’s first and largest older driver safety effort, recently launched the new and enhanced AARP Smart Driver Course. Now the program is actively recruiting unpaid volunteers in Wyoming to instruct and promote it. While the program is always looking for additional volunteers all across the state, the greatest need …

— Americans who are uninsured or want to change health plans can buy a policy through insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enrollment through the online marketplaces began Oct. 1 and runs through March 31. Coverage begins Jan. 1 for people who sign up by Dec. 15. All plans sold in the exchanges must cover basic health care such as doctor visits, hospital stays and prescription drugs. They can’t charge a copayment for preventive care such as …

Guardianship BIll signing

—   Thousands of guardians across Wyoming and in neighboring states are celebrating today as Governor Matt Mead signed into law SF39 – a bill that will remove the barriers that previously limited guardians from providing continuous care across state lines.  The bill, which comes at no cost to Wyoming taxpayers, passed unanimously out of both chambers of the legislature.   “AARP applauds Governor Mead and the legislature for recognizing the burden that guardians face in trying to provide care across state …