With over 87,000 members in the state of Wyoming, AARP’s membership makes up roughly one-third of registered voters in the Cowboy State. As the voice of voters age 50 and over, AARP plays an important role in educating and informing one of the most consistent voting demographic in the state and nation. According to the US Census, 90.5 percent of all registered voters age 50 and over in the US participated in the 2016 election and 75.2 percent of voters participated in the 2014 midterm election. In Wyoming those numbers are slightly lower, but remain impressive with 76 percent of voters age 60 and over voting in the 2016 election.
Today, AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge grant program, including Wyoming projects in Laramie and Rock Springs. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the country, helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages.
Communities across the nation are taking steps to become better places to live and age, according to data analyzed from the newly updated AARP Livability Index.
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.
Welcome to the Spring 2017 AARP Wyoming News with information and news relevant to Wyoming AARP members on issues such as advocacy, health, finances and events from around the state. Click on the newsletter to make it full-screen and flippable.
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 the Air Force and has moved several times giving her experience in packing and downsizing her household. Through the process, she has learned what she values, what’s important to keep, and what gives her joy.
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.
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