— AARP is here to help you take on today – and every day. From sharing practical resources, to holding fun activities and events, AARP is providing opportunities to connect and help build an even stronger Montana. We hope you’ll join us!

— We’re proud to help those who defended America by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP The AARP family would like to say thank you this Veterans Day to those who have served in America’s armed forces, and to say we appreciate your sacrifices. We’re also aware that military families deal with some unique problems. At least 4 million of our members are in the military or are veterans. One thing we’ve learned about those in the military, or with an armed services background, is that they …

— The Montana State Legislature meets for only 90 days every two years, with the next session beginning Jan. 7. AARP Montana encourages residents of all ages to get involved in the legislative process by signing up to be an e-activist. Once enrolled, volunteers will receive email alerts encouraging them to contact their legislators to urge action on specific bills or other issues that come before the legislature. High on AARP’s list of priorities are support for measures that assist caregivers, …

— Usually a treat for children, Halloween is one of the most dangerous nights of the year. AARP offers tips to stay safe with free downloadable tip sheet.  Halloween is one of the most exciting nights of the year for children, but also one of the most dangerous.  Except for the 4th of July, more fires are reported on Halloween than any other day of the year.  According to the United States Fire Administration, on Halloween, and the night before, suspicious structure …

— AARP’s FREE Online Q&A Has Answers 2019 Health Insurance Marketplace: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, November 8, 2018, 5 p.m. MT If you need health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace during the 2019 enrollment period, you need to register for AARP’s online Q&A. Attending this free, two-part event will help clear up questions you might have about the government-run website that provides insurance options for those who don’t get …

— The midterm elections are of vital importance. Make your voice heard by going to the polls by Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO, AARP, AARP Bulletin, October 2018 As the midterm elections draw near, rarely has our country seemed so divided, our need to rediscover our shared values so great. Rarely has there been a more desperate need for our collective voice to be heard. That’s why this past spring, AARP launched a full-scale campaign entitled “Be the Difference. Vote!” to educate voters on …

— Get the Facts! Big Tobacco companies are trying to confuse Montana voters on I-185.  Click here to see the Myths vs. Facts on I-185. Now that absentee voting is underway in Montana, we want to remind you to vote. And as you vote, we encourage you to take a close look at I-185.  It’s a measure that will increase state taxes on all tobacco products, including electronic smoking devices, to improve health services funding for Montanans. The tobacco tax would be increased …

— By Al Ward, Marine Corps Veteran & AARP Montana State President. I-185 gives Montanans the opportunity to choose a healthier future. Like many of my friends, I’ve worked hard, paid my fair share and volunteered to serve our country. I was recently asked whether I know anyone affected by tobacco-related diseases. Just about my whole Marine Corps League from Billings. My Dad was a World War II Veteran who served on Guadalcanal, he was also a smoker. Even though he …

— This is one of the most consequential elections of our lifetime,” political scholar Norman Ornstein recently told AARP editors about the 2018 midterm elections, and we wholeheartedly agree. There’s the sheer scope of what we’re voting for. (See attached pages for an accounting.) But it’s also the timing. We are at a moment in which important decisions need to be made on many matters key to the lives of older Americans. Some are obvious, like the future funding and structure …

— This Q&A Webinar Offers Tips Anyone Can Use 10 Retirement Planning Quick Tips Online Q&A PART 1: Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5 p.m. MT If you feel like it’s too late to save anything for retirement, AARP has some reassuring news for you: It’s not. Even if you’re behind schedule on retirement planning, there are still ways to grow your nest egg. A first step is to stop putting it off …

— Attend AARP’s Free, Two-Part Webinar Medicare: Your Questions Answered PART 1: Tuesday, October 16, 2018, 5 p.m. MT PART 2: Thursday, October 18, 2018 5 p.m. MT The better you understand Medicare, the smarter decisions you can make about it—no matter if you’re enrolling for the first time or getting ready to make changes to your coverage. AARP’s free, two-part webinar helps you get answers and understand your options right when you need it—at the start of the Medicare annual …