— Josh Askvig of Bismarck has been named state director for AARP in North Dakota. He has been associate state director for advocacy since Sept. 2011. “I am excited to build on the strong foundation left by our state office founder Janis Cheney, and to continue to build ‘Real Possibilities’ for people 50-plus here in North Dakota,” Askvig said about his new role. In the short term, Askvig says it will be important to get the state office fully staffed and …

— Larry is a North Dakota caregiver who takes care of his wife with multiple sclerosis, every day, 24 hours a day. He does the cooking, bathing, and other necessary tasks that allow Larry and his wife to stay at home rather than move away from their homestead.  It’s a tough job, but for Larry and the other 62,100 North Dakota caregivers, it’s a labor of love. That is why AARP is fighting for caregivers like Larry. Now North Dakota has …

— More than 15 AARP volunteers attended the May meeting of the legislature’s Interim Human Services Committee to show their support for North Dakota family caregivers. At the May 10 meeting, Dr. Jane Strommen and her team of Dr. Gregory Sanders and Dr. Heather Fuller from NDSU Extension presented their final report and recommendations on how to better support North Dakota’s 62,100 unpaid family caregivers. Here are highlights from the research: Roughly 50 percent of our state’s caregivers performing medical or …

— AARP North Dakota State Director Janis Cheney has announced her retirement after 15 years in the position. “My work with AARP has been a great capstone to a rewarding career,” Cheney said. She became state director in November 2000 when a staffed state office was established in North Dakota. She is retiring this spring with plans to create her own ‘Life Reimagined’ opportunities, including more time with family, exploring national parks, catching up on her reading, practicing yoga, and writing. …

— Brian Larson of Bismarck has been appointed as state coordinator of AARP’s Driver Safety Training program in North Dakota. Larson has been a volunteer instructor for the program and has a strong background in traffic safety. He started his career in driver education as an instructor at Grand Forks Central High School. He then moved on to become State Director of Driver and Traffic Safety Education with the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Larson also served as executive director …

— Life Reimagined is all about possibilities – envisioning them, evaluating them and making them reality. Life Reimagined is a first-of-its-kind series of online and offline experiences to help people reflect, evaluate priorities and take action to live their best life. The purpose of Life Reimagined is to provide a personal guidance system to help people navigate transitions and live life to the fullest. Receive expert guidance and resources for your “what’s next,” along with support from your peers pursuing similar …

— Are you looking for a meaningful, part-time volunteer opportunity? Even if you have a job, you could still become a part-time volunteer. Consider AARP’s Driver Safety program, which is operated entirely by volunteers in North Dakota. Driver Safety Instructors As a Driver Safety program volunteer, you would conduct four-hour driver safety classes geared towards people 50 and older in your community. You determine your own schedule. Volunteer instructors are especially needed in Minot, Dickinson, Williston and Watford City. Driver Safety …

— As the days and nights get colder, some low-income North Dakotans may find the increase in home heating costs beyond what their budget can handle. The North Dakota Department of Human Services is reminding low-income individuals, families, and seniors that help is available through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Applications are now being accepted at county social service offices in North Dakota. The federally-funded program helps qualifying households in need of assistance pay a portion of their …

— November marked National Family Caregivers Month, a time to recognize the 40 million Americans – more than 61,000 from North Dakota – who help older parents, spouses, and other loved ones live independently at home, where they want to be. The unpaid care they provide – managing medications, cooking meals, driving to appointments, performing complex medical tasks and more – is valued at $860 million in North Dakota alone. Seven-year-old Zander Wilmes from Bismarck is one of these unsung heroes. …

— In November, the North Dakota Public Service Commission finalized its ruling on a natural gas rate increase requested by Montana-Dakota Utilities. The good news is that consumers will see approximately $1.7 million in savings from what MDU originally proposed because of AARP’s intervention in the rate case. That’s why it’s important to have a consumer voice when utilities propose rate increases. We are also pleased the final ruling includes MDU dropping its proposal for a five-year automatic rate increase. Any …