— 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 …

— Named after AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Awards honors outstanding individuals who donate their time, skills and passion as a volunteer to support their community and state. Every year we gather at our annual Andrus Awards event and celebrate the dedication of Wyoming’s wonderful volunteers. We are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Andrus Awards. All nominations must be submitted by June 2nd, 2017. Take some time and nominate a volunteer in your community. Click here for …

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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 …

— AARP Veterans Homepage AARP Events in Wyoming for Veterans Hacksaw Ridge free screening – April 27, 2017 – Rialto Theater, Casper, Wy Cheyenne Military May celebration – May 20, 2017 – Cheyenne VA, Cheyenne, WY Wyoming National Guard Annual Retiree Forum – Sept. 22-24, 2017 – Joint Force Readiness Center, Cheyenne, WY Veterans in the Spotlight – Stories from AARP about veterans and their issues across the U.S. Portraits of Courage – George W. Bush’s third act includes helping veterans—and …

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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 …

— Register early to make sure you reserve a seat for a night out with AARP Movies for Grownups. You are invited to an April 26 free screening of Hacksaw Ridge, starring Andrew Garfield in Casper. Its the true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Doss was drafted and ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn …

— 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 …

— AARP Wyoming to focus on retirement, caregiving and budget issues By Sam Shumway, State Director AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus said, “The human contribution is the essential ingredient. It is only in the giving of oneself to others that we truly live.” Every day, the staff and volunteers at AARP Wyoming give of themselves to benefit others. Through tireless effort, we are able to contribute to Wyoming and its communities to help people 50+ and their families confront the challenges …