— By Sam Shumway AARP Wyoming State Director   We’ve sang Auld Lang Syne, and the final college bowl games are over, which means it is time to examine New Year’s resolutions for 2018.  For many, that means getting their financial house in order and AARP offers a few simple financial practices to make your improve your financial health in 2018. One of the most important steps is to create a formal budget and stick to it. Creating a weekly or …

— AARP welcomes this week’s passage in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives of the bipartisan Recognize, Assist, Include, Support, and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act. The legislation requires the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services to develop a strategy to support the nation’s 40 million family caregivers. The bill now heads to the President’s desk for his signature. “There are over 66,000 unpaid caregivers in Wyoming and over 40 million people nationwide,” said AARP Wyoming State …

— Join two live webinars to find out how to identify and react to changes in your loved one’s behavior AARP Family Caregiving Online Learning Series Recognizing the Signs Your Loved One Needs More Care Tuesday, January 23, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT Local Resources for Caregivers Tuesday, January 30, 5 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MT What if your loved one loses interest in a favorite hobby? Or misses an in important date? Or forgets to pay the bills? What …

— Join our online event for free job searching tips, tools resources, interactive videos, recruiter chats and more. AARP’s Online Career Fair: Spotlight on Part-Time Work & Skills Thursday, January 25, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. MT You can find jobs that don’t require 40-plus hours a week in just about every industry and company. But why choose part-time work? You may miss the office camaraderie after stopping full-time work. Or you may want some extra income to travel or fund …

— After strong attendance at its Dec. 2017 Movies For Grown Ups events in Casper and Cheyenne, AARP Wyoming will host another free movie for members in Casper on Jan. 9 at Studio City in Casper. The Movies for Grown Ups series screens free movies for AARP members and even buys a popcorn and soda for those attending. On Jan. 9, AARP will screen Only The Brave, starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, and Jennifer Connelly. Only The Brave is …

— CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee met ahead of February’s budget session Dec. 4-5 in Cheyenne, to look for cash to fill the state’s empty coffers. While the agenda suggested a number of tax bills would be considered this week, the committee decided to table a few of the bills until the Consensus Revenue Estimating Group (CREG) could present its revenue estimates for the state in mid-Jan. This meant tabling bills on leisure and hospitality taxes, sales tax …

— CenturyLink, a telecommunications company serving nearly 30,000 Wyoming households, has petitioned the Wyoming Public Service Commission (PSC) to deregulate landline service in the state. If it is approved, residential customers who now pay, on average, $23 per month for landline service could face higher bills or be forced to move to a more expensive wireless plan. AARP Wyoming opposes the move, which could leave older residents without a reliable way to connect with family members and friends. AARP is joined …

— 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 …

— Pat Sherwood of Glenrock was honored last Tuesday in Casper for her work with AARP’s Smart Driver Course, during the organization’s Volunteer Recognition Dinner. The AARP Smart Driver course, offered by AARP Driver Safety, is the nation’s first and largest refresher course designed specifically for drivers age 50 and older. For more than 35 years, the course has taught over 16 million drivers proven safety strategies so they can continue driving safely for as long as possible. The program is …