On January 7, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon joined AARP Wyoming members for a TeleTown Hall, in which AARP dialed out to over 13,000 members in Wyoming to connect them with their Governor. Here is a summary of that call.
AARP Wyoming honored Mary Lynne Shickich of Casper with its 2019 Advocacy Award during its 2019 Volunteer Recognition Awards Dinner in Sheridan on Nov. 14.
In Wyoming approximately 74,000 family caregivers provided an estimated 62 million hours of care — worth a staggering $980 million — to their parents, spouses, partners, and friends in 2017, according to state data available in the latest report of AARP’s Valuing the Invaluable series. The complexity of family caregiving increases as medical and nursing tasks continue to enter the home, and family demographics change amidst an aging population.
The State of Wyoming is spending big on long term care and other issues around aging and the subject has officially risen to the level of op priority for the Legislature’s Joint Labor, Health, and Social Services Committee.
Today, AARP announced the launch of ‘ Stop Rx Greed ,’ a nationwide campaign aimed at lowering prescription drug prices. The goal of AARP’s sustained campaign is to help drive down drug prices for Wyomingites and all Americans by advocating for a variety of legislative, executive, and regulatory actions at both the federal and state level.
To honor his integral work supporting Wyoming’s family caregivers, AARP names Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as 2018 “Capitol Caregiver,” a bipartisan group of 65 elected officials from 24 states. These leaders have advanced policies that support Wyoming’s family caregivers, who help their parents, spouses and other loved ones live independently at home and in the community—where they want to be.
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